Why (NOT HOW) do we have hiccups? What if we didn't have them?
Yes, I know HOW they happen, but WHY? Is there a reason? Like, do they have a purpose? If we didn't hiccup, what would happen?
- NONAMELv 75 months agoFavorite Answer
its trying to clear your pathways as it thinks you are choking
- 5 months ago
I don’t have the source handy, but I’ve read that it’s a visage trait left over from our gilled ancestors; that the reflex pulled in water over the gills.
- Elaine MLv 75 months ago
Google still works you know.
Hiccups are bursts of inspiratory (breathing in) activity. ... Most simple cases of hiccups come after eating or drinking too much or too quickly. The stomach, which is situated right below the diaphragm, becomes distended and irritates it. This will cause the diaphragm to contract, as it does when we breathe in.
Why Do We Hiccup? - Medical News Today
- tonyLv 75 months ago
a hiccup is a reflex. It happens when a sudden contraction of your diaphragm causes the muscles of your chest and abdomen to shake. Then, the glottis, or the part of your throat where your vocal cords are located, closes. This creates the noise of air expelled from your lungs, or the “hic” sound that feels involuntary with hiccups.
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- DixonLv 75 months ago
As far as I'm aware they serve no purpose, they are an accidental outcome, like a twitching eye or whatever.
Two suggestions on the Wikipedia page
- 5 months ago
hhcgh i just hiccupped and its crayy