Nausea is really uncomfortable and sometimes it can go worse to be terribly irritating. There are many causes of this feeling. Whether it is caused by food allergic or poisoning, fever, air sickness, or something that gives unusual reaction to your stomach, this symptom, inhibits your activity. Several conditions of this sickness don’t require a visit to the doctor. Treating this symptom naturally sometimes can be more helpful considering the time you take to go to the doctor where the symptom can be worse on the way.
If you are looking for some solutions to get rid of this symptom quickly, the good news is there are several home remedies that are effective to relieve nausea. Several foods and drinks are able to relieve uncomfortable feeling during this symptom.
The Best Foods for Relieving Nausea
1. Ginger Snack
Ginger has been proven to relieve nausea and reduce vomiting. There are a lot of foods contain ginger you can consume such as gingerbread, gingersnap cookies, or ginger candy. If you are experiencing this symptom due to pregnancy, foods that contain ginger are really helpful. Consuming pickled ginger (usually served with along with sushi) is also recommended.
Cracker is one of the starchy foods that help to absorb gastric acid and soothe your stomach. Sometimes, the sickness is caused by excessive foods in the stomach. The cracker’s bland nature will help to satisfy your hunger so that you will not be tempted to eat a lot of foods. Consuming some crackers before having breakfast will help to avoid and relieve nausea in the morning.
The fiber content in apple slows down the digestion. It also cleans chemicals in your digestive system that causes nausea. If you are having trouble in digesting solid food, a glass of apple juice or apple smoothie can be a good alternative. But, please note that too much fiber might increase the symptom. So, you are recommended to consume only 1 apple to soothe your stomach during this symptom.
Beef or chicken broth that is cooked with some spices such as cinnamon and ginger is not only great for relieving flu but also nausea. These foods are lower in fat, effective to soothe the symptoms. The broth is also helpful to hydrate your body when you have been dehydrated from terrible vomiting.
Banana is one of the fruits that can help to restore potassium. When you are experiencing the worse level of nausea until you vomit, potassium will be depleted from your body. To relieve this symptom, consuming a banana before solid food is really recommended by doctors.
Nuts and peanut butter contain a high level of protein. They are also easy to digest and quickly “recharge” the depleted energy and help relieve your sickness. Whether you experience nausea from low glucose, pregnancy, and excessive hunger, it responds well to the protein and fat content in nuts or peanut butter. But don’t consume them in large amounts since it might increase this symptom.
7. Frozen Lemon
Several slices of frozen lemons are good aids for stomach and digestive discomforts. Once you feel an ill or terrible symptom, suck on a slice. The smell of this fruit helps to relieve nauseous feeling and reduce vomiting. If you don’t have a lemon, lime can substitute it.
8. Milk Toast
Bread is able to absorb excess acid, while milk will layer your stomach. The reason why you need to eat this food is that bland foods are helpful to tame your stomach. Dip a little part of toast into warm milk. You will feel better after a while. Please note that you are better not eating this if you experience gastroenteritis which reacts sensitively to dairy.
The Best Drinks for Relieving the Sickness
Sip slowly a glass of cold water can be one of the easiest ways to reduce your symptom. It also helps to hydrate you after vomiting. A glass of cold water also helps to avoid headaches that often follow nauseous feeling. Just drink it in small amount whenever you feel this symptom really disturbing throughout the day.
Lemon juice is a good remedy for relieving nausea since it contains neutralizing acid that promotes saliva in your mouth. This acid comes as bicarbonate, which is a substance that can reduce this symptom.
There are various herbal teas that help you to soothe your stomach. Ginger and peppermint teas are kinds of herbal teas you can consume in the morning and evening. Ginger is commonly recommended, since it contains shogaols and gingerols that relieve almost all digestive discomforts, such as abdominal gas and bloat, as well as nauseous feeling and vomiting. Other recommended herbal teas are chamomile, red raspberry, and slippery elm.
Ginger stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes which help to neutralize stomach acid. The phenol substances in ginger are effective to soothe stomach muscles and reduce over activity of the stomach. On the other hand, the phenols will be helping the intestine to move digested foods and toxins through your system. To make a ginger drink, you only need to boil 2 inches of ginger in 3 cups of water. Strain it and add honey to it. Sip it to relax your stomach.
Some people might feel better after drinking soda. It soothes the stomach. But in several cases, it might a little bit irritating for others. The best suggestion is to consume it in a small sip once you feel the uncomfortable digestive problem.
Other Recommended Remedies
Some foods and drinks to relieve your digestive discomforts above will be effective if you consume them while following some other remedies. Besides consuming them, you are also suggested to do some remedies as follow:
Acupressure is putting pressure on the certain spots of the body to get rid of several symptoms off ill that causes discomforts such as nausea. This remedy will help to release neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphin. These chemical substances will block other substances that cause illness. Some points to give acupressure are inner gate and wrist. Inner gate is a groove between two tendons which lies 2-3 widths down from the top crease in your wrist. Press this area gently when you are feeling discomforts.
Apply pressure on other points, which are areas between your thumb and point finger (top and bottom sides). Press these points firmly for 10-30 seconds and take a breath deeply.
2. Give Your Back Neck a Cool Compress
When you feel discomfort, like a symptom of vomiting, applying a cool compress on your back neck while you are in lying position is recommended. It is also possible to apply it in sitting position. Just do in the most comfortable position. It helps to reduce anxiety and calm the nerves. Make sure that the pack is not extremely cold.
3. Get Fresh Air
Lie or sit down outside and take a deep breath. Nauseous feeling will decrease once you get more oxygen. Make your body as comfortable as possible and let the outside air calm your nerves. It allows you to feel much better.
4. Apply Proper Diet
BRAT diet (Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) is the best recommendation for nausea caused by food poisoning and stomach flu. This diet will keep your digestive system under control. Sometimes, you are allowed to add potato and pasta in a small portion.
These home remedies can be the first aids when your stomach problem or discomforts are not really terrible. Means, you are sure that it is okay. Sometimes, people keep this uncomfortable feeling just because they are afraid to throw up. Most of the nausea gets much better after throwing up since it might be caused by food poisoning which the best way is letting it go. It can be caused by stress and anxiety as well. So, the best treatment is to relax your nerves.