It could have been the fishy looking oyster you had for lunch, or that killer roller coaster ride, but whatever reasons, you all have experienced the feeling of nausea, that uncomfortable feeling in the upper abdomen which can sometimes cause you to feel dizzy, but most often makes you want to barf. Nausea can occur due to a variety of reasons and can leave you feeling weak and exhausted. Though it is not particularly serious, it can still be an indicator for something else wrong with your system. Some ways to deal with nausea and reduce the queasiness are:
10. Figuring out the reason
First and foremost to treat something you need to know the root of the problem. Occurrence of nausea can be due to various reasons. It could be due to having medicines on an empty stomach, food poisoning, during pregnancy, due to motion sickness, excess sugar consumption, as a result of chemotherapy treatments or as a result of certain food allergies. For pregnancy related nausea or morning sickness, women are advised to take rest and do aromatherapy. For people with lactose intolerance, medication can be taken before meals to help digest lactose rich foods. The cause of nausea is a bad hangover in the morning due to excess alcohol the previous day and taking two crocins with a glass of water, or having sprite. Motion sickness which is quite common can be abated by taking drugs and eating little during trips.
9. Keep still
Whenever you feel nauseous the first thing to do is to sit down or lie down. Find a cool dark place to lie down and preferably quiet since noise and heat can aggravate the feeling of nauseousness and do not use pillows. Dizziness which often accompanies nausea can be caused due to poor circulation of blood in the body. To overcome this feeling lie down on a yoga mat or even the cold floor and lift up only your upper body, and stretch your back while tilting your head as much as possible. Tip your head in the forward direction touching your chin to your chest. Hold this position for a couple of minutes. After this, tilt your head from side to side very slowly. These back and neck stretches help to improve circulation. Apart from this, when lying down, bring your knees closer to your chest or sit up against the wall and put your head between your bent knees.
Usually nausea causes a feeling of vomiting as well. If you feel like you need to puke, go ahead and hurl. More often than not the churling feeling in your stomach is due to food poisoning and vomiting will make you feel better and help alleviate the symptoms by letting out whatever it is that is causing nausea. A soothing bath after lying down for a short while is highly relaxing and can help in calming the entire body and providing relief. Preparing a nice relaxing bath with a dim lighting and scented candles helps to create a calm ambience relieving stress and feeling of uneasiness. You can also try lying face down on the cold floors which soothes the body. Hurling and uneasiness can make you weak and faintish, hence a good long comfortable sleep in a cool room is another way to relax and makes you feel much better once you wake up.
7. Use acupressure
A traditional pain and stress relief method that originated in china, acupressure has become very popular in the last decade with the number of acupressure parlours growing at a rate comparable to those of massages. This technique involves using the hands, elbows to apply pressure or special needles (which is called acupuncture) which are pierced at several special points in the body. Each of these points is associated with a particular region of the body hence pressure at these points releases mood altering neurotransmitters like endorphins and serotonins which make you feel good and helps relieve tension and stress. They also block the chemicals which cause you to feel nauseous. The acupressure point for nausea is in the hand,hence putting pressure in the region at the base of the palm while breathing deeply , helps with nausea.
6. Get some air
Feeling nauseous heightens your revulsion to strong smells, bright lights and heat. When relaxing always ensure that your room is well ventilated and cool since heat can add to nausea and increase the feeling of uneasiness greatly. Avoid powerful stenches and take in lot of fresh air. Try and take a little walk outside, if you are feeling well enough or just sit in a quiet open area for some time. If that is not possible, blowing a fan on your face for some time or sitting in air conditioning can also have a similar effect. Wear loose and comfortable clothing like large shirts and loose pants which will let you breathe, made especially of thin materials like cotton.
5. Breathe deeply
According to doctors, the way we breathe has been linked to a host of problems and UDB which stands for unbalanced/undetected deep breathing has been known to cause high blood pressure, hyperventilation, anxiety and shortness of breath. Hence whenever nausea strikes the most important thing to do is to breathe deeply and very slowly. Taking in fresh air and breathing slowly and deeply helps in increasing the oxygen supply to the entire body and helps you feel more energetic, clear headed and focused thus reducing feelings of nausea.
For a quick relief and in extreme cases, you need to have prescribed or non prescribed drugs to reduce nausea. Some medications such as pepto-bismol, Mylanta and Maalox apart from emetrol, neuzene, Benadryl and antivert, which are over the counter drugs and help to calm an upset stomach and reduce the queasy feeling you usually get when you need to puke. Promethazine hydrochloride, prochlorperazine, Trimetho-benzamide hydrochloride are some prescribed medications that can also be taken.
3. Distract yourself
Sometimes nausea can be simply psychosomatic and thinking that you are sick makes you more prone to anxiety, further increasing the feeling of nausea. In such cases it is best to distract yourself. Think about something else for a while to get your mind off the uneasiness. Watch television, play a video game, read an intriguing novel, talk to your friends and/or family or simply listen to your favourite music. A small walk in the garden or just around the nearby block or meeting up with friends over coffee, anything that uplifts your mood without being too loud or taxing can help get your mind off your sickness and discomfort.
2. Fresh and calm scents
Since strong, putrid smells are things that can make nausea worse, it is good to sniff something soothing or fresh to mask it, on the off chance it is not possible to go out for fresh air. Women who are pregnant are more prone to mood swings and usually develop a strong aversion to certain smells and sometimes even foods. Smells like those of lemons, rosemary, sprigs, or aromatherapy candles, flower petals etc help to reduce nausea to a great extent. Even rubbing alcohol applied on cotton balls, potpourri helps to reduce feelings of queasiness. Avoid strong perfumes or aftershaves and hot, stuffy rooms.
1. Eat relief foods
There are certain foods that you can eat during bouts of nausea which help make you feel better. Some of these foods are crackers, peanuts, apples, raw vegetables and other very plain foods. They should be high in fibre and low in calories and they help in removing nausea-causing chemicals from your body. Having foods such as nuts, and even protein rich foods help to replace the energy that is lost during nausea. Bananas are other energy foods which is also rich in potassium, the lack of which can be a cause for nausea. Capsules of ginger or ginger tea and sports drinks rich in electrolytes, taking a spoonful of applesauce, drinking peppermint in water, or peppermint tea, ginger ale, or a mixture of about half a spoonful of baking soda in a glass of water all helps to calm your stomach and diminish the sensation to regurgitate. Apart from these foods and drinks, the most important thing to remember though is to keep drinking a lot of water throughout.