by A. Grano on November 24th, 2010 at 7:00 am
When you feel sick, even normal activities can feel overwhelming. However, feeling nauseous from time to time is not all that uncommon, and may result from overindulgence, the flu, motion sickness, lack of sleep, anxiety, or even stress.
It is important to rule out any serious underlying causes of nausea, such as food poisoning, appendicitis, or problems in the brain or upper gastrointestinal tract. If nausea is prolonged or accompanied by other symptoms, consult your doctor.
Coping with nausea
Nausea is not always accompanied by vomiting, but nonetheless you want to find ways to relieve that nauseous feeling. If you are vomiting, wait until you stop vomiting to try the following:
- Calmative tea such as fennel, spearmint, and chamomile can help with nausea related to indigestion.
- Ginger has long been regarded as a gentle natural remedy for relieving the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, indigestion and gas.
How to help prevent nausea
- Eat healthy snacks throughout the day to avoid having an empty stomach, which can lead to nausea and stomach upset. Crackers, toast, dried fruit, popcorn and granola bars are good choices. Avoid rich or fattening foods as well as foods that are strong in smell or flavor.
- Since dehydration can contribute to nausea, be sure to drink 8 glasses of liquid (water, unsweetened juices, and herbal teas) daily.
- Avoid foods that can cause gas and bloating, and avoid sucking on hard candies or chewing gum on an empty stomach. The digestive juices triggered by the saliva you stimulate can exacerbate nausea.
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