Nothing is more embarrassing than swallowing loudly when you sip water or eat food. That shouldn’t worry you as I’ve been there, and through the tips provided below, I can now control my swallowing, allowing me to take any liquids without making noise.
To avoid the embarrassment that comes at the cost of quenching your thirst, it’s important to understand the science behind the gulping noise we make as we swallow.
I recently asked my doctor why my youngest swallows so loudly, and here’s what the doctor said: He said it’s likely because his tongue is so strong that it pushes water down much faster than average. Eating too fast then drinking carbonated water or chew gum chances are that you will also swallow some air. The air will come back as a gurgle or burp.
I also searched the internet and discovered other possible reasons why people gulp so loudly when swallowing liquids.
- Large amounts of liquid or food cause another possible reason for gulping loudly in the back of your throat.
Now that you know the main reasons behind gulping loudly, let’s look at different ways to swallow quietly.
1. Control Your Swallowing
If you have a strong tongue that propels food down your throat at a faster-than-average rate, you will likely hear a loud noise when the food travels through the digestive tract from your mouth to the stomach. Some people have limited lung capacity. When such individuals swallow, a booming noise may be audible. What occurs is that the body tends to retain water and then force it much more quickly down the digestive tract.
The main reason behind is to maximize your breathing time. If such an individual tries to have a sip or eat slowly, you might catch them catching their breath. When such persons with this condition utilize a straw, they might feel like they are choking or drowning.
The most important advice for individuals with this condition is to consult a doctor. Your doctor would be in the best possible position to advice. It’s important to note that you may experience feelings of choking or suffocation when you swallow slowly. And that is not a position you should place yourself in.
2. Swallowing Too Much
If you have not eaten in a while and find yourself hungry, you are likely to produce a loud noise when you ingest. Remember that your tummy has been vacant for quite some time.
Thus, it is easy to hear a strong sound while eating or drinking. Because you’re desperate to satisfy your empty stomach, you may not necessarily observe or pay close attention to this. However, the person beside you can.
Here’s what you should do if you observe that you swallow so loudly whenever you consume or drink fluids after being hungry for a while. Consume and swallow a lesser quantity at a time. Avoid being in a hurry. In addition, consuming quickly does not increase nutrient absorption.
3. Drink Liquids with a Straw
Use a straw if you cannot avoid but gulp down your beverages. Straws make you consume more slowly and help differentiate the sound of liquid striking the Glass from the sound of air flowing in and out of the mouth.
Using straws also keeps you from spilling beverages and stains on your clothing. They make it simpler to sip without straining your neck while traveling or lying down.
Consider purchasing a water container with a sip-through-straw cover. The bottle will make you drink slower and reduce your gulping noises.
4. You Have a Nasal Congestion
The nose is used for inhaling and detecting smells, whereas the mouth is used for ingesting, swallowing, and speaking. However, if the nose isn’t working effectively, likely because of a blockage, individuals tend to breathe through their mouths.
Consequently, congestion in the nose is yet another issue that can contribute to people’s noisy swallowing. If your nasal passages were obstructed, you would begin to breathe and consume through your mouth. That is the case.
Many individuals are unaware that they are chewing or ingesting loudly until someone brings it to their attention. This is the surprising portion. Such individuals would make loud sounds while consuming, like a cow or goat gnawing upon a branch.
If you’re experiencing nasal obstruction, you may want to seek medical advice. Nasal congestion is not something that can be treated on your own. You need qualified help.
5. Hold the Glass or Cup Tightly
Did you know that holding your Glass or bottle tightly while drinking helps reduce the amount of space inside and the amount of liquid you can consume?
Use both palms to maintain a firm but delicate grasp when sipping from a cup. Utilize the thumbs with the first fingers coiled around the cup’s base and the rest of your fingers bent around the cup’s rim. If you are sipping from a glass, hold it by the stem if it has one, or firmly place the first finger and thumb on the rim.
6. Try Non-Plastic Reusable Cup
Plastic cups are one of the most typical culprits for loud gulping noises when swallowing. Plastic is thinner than materials like ceramic or Glass and doesn’t mask swallowing noises. And you’re sucking them into your mouth at the same time.
Bottles and cups made of stainless steel. These are typically durable and thermally protected to maintain the drinks chilled or heated for longer. You can buy these in the majority of retail stores or online.
Ceramic cups. In general, these are effective, particularly when loaded with liquids that are warmer than room temperature. If you enjoy consuming hot beverages, purchase a mug made of ceramic rather than a plastic one to avoid creating noise. Mugs made of ceramic are available at the majority of retail shops as well as online retailers.
Mason jugs and tumblers are made of Glass. Glass is thicker than stainless steel and plastic, so consuming Glass can reduce gulping sounds. These items are available at the majority of retail stores and online retailers.
If you cannot cease using cups made of plastic, try not to tilt your drink too far back while consuming. This action will prevent large quantities of liquid from entering the mouth immediately. When feasible, you should take tiny sips so the liquid does not create a loud commotion as it hits the bottom of the cup.
7. Don’t Drink While Chewing
If you are consuming a product that calls for chewing, for example, nuts, don’t drink until you have finished swallowing. Chewing releases additional saliva and oxygen in the mouth. The extra fluid and air travel noisily into the esophagus if consumed immediately.
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The additional saliva may aid digestion, but the resulting sound will be noisy enough to disturb others. Even if the food is sufficiently mushy, consuming it is unnecessary. Complete swallowing before having a drink of liquid.
Before biting into something or sipping juice or water, make sure your mouth is completely empty. That way, your subsequent sip won’t be filled with grating chewing sounds.
8. Avoid Carbonated Drinks
Carbonated drinks, especially soda or sparkling water, generate bubbles when consumed, which leads to loud swallowing. To circumvent this situation,
As you raise your goblet to your lips, tilt the head back a bit to keep bubbles from entering your mouth. The bubbles will rise to the top of your Glass rather than toward the mouth when the Glass is tilted.
Pouring yourself just a little bit of soda at one go is another method for preventing yourself from guzzling it. This causes you to consume cola more slowly, cautiously, and frequently.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
Most of the work documented on this blog comes from purely first hand experience, and the products recommended work as indicated.