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Safe and Reliable Ways to Induce Vomiting

Updated on November 13th, 2019
how to Induce Vomiting

Vomiting is an involuntary reflex that helps in expelling the contents of the stomach through your mouth. It is a natural defense against foreign contaminants such as germs, drugs, or poison. Earlier, vomiting was considered to be first aid against swallowing poison. However, the latest research(1) indicates that vomiting may not only reduce the efficacy of the treatment but will also increase the risk of complications.

While some individuals may find relief after vomiting, it can have negative repercussions on your body. Those who induce vomiting to lose weight struggle with an eating disorder called bulimia nervosa.

Did You Know!

A seventy-year-old man once died due to vomiting during an influenza attack!

About 30 million individuals(2) across various ages and genders suffer from bulimia in the US alone! Constantly inducing your gag reflex can cause tooth decay, facial swelling, arrhythmia, mood swings, hemorrhoids, dry skin, and more.

Now that you know about the complications of vomiting, inducing vomit should be your last resort, that too on the direction of a medical professional. Here is a guide on how to induce vomiting:

1.  Mustard Solution

Mustard Solution
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The mustard solution is a good remedy when you are wondering how to throw up food. Let’s see how it works.

Why Does it Work?

Mustard contains naturally occurring emetic agents, which make the user nauseous and results in vomiting.

How to use?

Materials Required

  • Two teaspoons of mustard
  • A glass of water

Procedure for Usage

Mix the mustard in the water and drink it all in one go

How much to use?

Drink it as and when required. However, do not make it a habit as the high sodium content of mustard can have a negative impact on your health.

[Read: Essential Oils to Treat Vomiting]

2. Warm Salt Water

You can gargle with salt water to induce vomiting. Listed below is a safe step-wise instruction on how to vomit using saline water.

Why Does it Work?

The high sodium content of saltwater disbalances the electrolyte balance of the body. As a result, it causes the body to expel the water and empty out the stomach’s contents.

How to use?

Materials Required

  • Two teaspoons of salt
  • A glass of warm water

Procedure for Usage

  • Stir in the salt into the warm water
  • Drink the saline water in a single gulp, you will feel the urge to throw up in about 25 to 30 minutes.

How much to use?

Do it when you feel the urge to vomit and you will be successful in about half an hour.

[Read: Home Remedies for Food Poisoning]

3.  Egg Whites

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When looking for ways on how to make yourself vomit, eggs may be the last thing on your mind. However, egg whites are the easiest way to make yourself throw up. Here’s how:

Why Does it Work?

The smell, taste, and texture of raw egg whites are unpleasant enough to trigger nausea and induce vomiting. Just the thought of using raw egg whites can make one want to vomit and it is a sure-shot instant way to make yourself vomit.

How to use?

Materials Required

  • Four large eggs

Procedure for Usage

  • Separate the eggs from its yolk
  • Gargle with the raw egg whites

How much to use?

Do it once and you will be vomiting in no time!

4. Aerated Beverages

Aerated Beverages 
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Your favorite bubbly drink could help you throw up! Don’t believe us? Read how:

Why Does it Work?

This technique on ‘how to make yourself throw up’ works due to the fact that Coca Cola contains a great amount of sugar. Further, the fizziness of Coke causes uneasiness, which will trigger the body’s gag reflex.

How to use?

Materials Required

  • A mobile bottle of Coca Cola

Procedure for Usage

  • Take a large sip of Coca Cola and gargle with it
  • Do it 2 to 3 times until you throw up

How much to use?

Frequency

Gargle for a little while until you vomit.

There are many physical ways to make yourself puke. Let’s explore what you can try:

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[ Read: Nausea; A Complete Guide to Get Rid of Nausea Naturally ]

5. Using Fingers

Using your fingers is one of the most well-known ways to make yourself throw up. It may sound disgusting, but once you know how to make yourself throw up with fingers you will realize that it is extremely effective!

Why Does it Work?

Shoving fingers down your throat triggers the gag reflex. The moment your fingers touch the back of your throat, it will make you nauseous and induce vomiting.

How to use?

Materials Required

  • Toothbrush (optional)

Procedure for Usage

  • Push your fingers right to the back of your throat. If you are unable to reach a point that makes you want to throw up, make use of a toothbrush from its handle.

Frequency

Using your fingers to vomit gives instant results.

[Read: Aromatic Teas to Treat Nausea ]

After-Care

Now that you are aware of the various ways on how to force yourself to throw up, it is important to know the after-care that you need to practice after vomiting. Here are a few tips that will help:

  • Once you have vomited, take a quick, hot shower to regulate your body.
  • Blow your nose in order to remove any residual vomit from your sinuses.
  • Gargle with mouthwash to get rid of the unpleasant odor and taste.
  • Drink water periodically and stay hydrated. You could even consume ORS or Gatorade to reinstate the electrolytic balance.
  • Drink ginger ale to soothe your stomach.
  • Drinking cranberry juice can help you get rid of bad breath.
  • Nibble on a dry cracker or a similar food to prevent further bouts of vomiting.

Inducing vomit and vomiting is not only discomforting but is also harmful to the body. Hence, it is advisable to try out the above-mentioned remedies only when it is absolutely necessary. If possible, avoid inducing vomiting. Try them only if a doctor or a medical professional believes that throwing up will improve your condition.

If you continue to feel sick and queasy after throwing up, immediately consult your doctor. Most importantly, remember that inducing vomit can form a habit. Hence, do not do it repeatedly. It can have adverse effects on your health and cause severe dehydration. Further, the acid from the stomach can erode the enamel of your teeth and even cause ulcers.


FAQs

1. When Is It Safe to Throw Up?

If you have stomach issues like indigestion and have been feeling nauseous for a long duration, it is probably safe to induce vomiting. In some cases, people find relief in throwing up if they have food poisoning. However, it is better to consult a doctor before opting for it.

2. Which Is a Comfortable Vomiting Position?

Kneeling on your fours or being double up on your haunches are two of the most comfortable positions to vomit.

3. Is Bulimia Nervosa Addictive?

Yes! Due to the fact that it is rooted in compulsive habits, Bulimia Nervosa is highly addictive. Plus, it could also be genetic in nature.

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