Prevent the gag reflex

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing quite as gut-wrenching as a dry gag.

You know the feeling.

You’re at the dentist, he’s fiddling around in your back teeth and,  “Ack”, you gag. You think when you get home that your safe on base. Not so fast. Time to brush your teeth!

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I can’t even tell you where I discovered this one, but it works like magic.

Give it shot right now.

Take your left hand and put your thumb into your palm. Now close your four fingers over the top of that thumb into a fist and squeeze tight. With your right hand drop your finger down your throat and, “Ta-Da!!”, no gagging.

It turns out we have two different reflexes to gagging - the physical act of something being put down our throat and the psychological response to seeing someone else wretch. It isn’t clear if this works because it’s actually affecting your nervous system or it’s just a diversion of your attention.

So next time you’re dreading the dentist or trying to freshen up your dragon breath before getting into bed with your significant other, try this one out and thank me later.