There’s no mistaking nausea when it strikes. Your stomach gets unsettled and queasy. Your throat gets an odd, heavy sensation. You may even get the cold sweats, dizziness and feel like you’re about to vomit. It’s unmistakable and entirely undesirable.
But it’s important to note that nausea is not an ailment. It’s a symptom of something else that’s upsetting your body. It could be the flu, motion sickness, migraines, anxiety, hangovers, pregnancy, food poisoning, eating too much, a concussion or medication.
What causes nausea? While it’s not certain, it’s believed that the gastrointestinal tract is always in motion, contracting and expanding to help food move down the tract. Nausea is caused when that pattern is upset, either moving too fast, or too slow.
No matter the cause, the one thing everyone can agree on, is that absolutely no one enjoys nausea.
So what to do? There are a series of time tested techniques that help relieve nausea. Here are the top 5:
1. Sit Upright
When you’re feeling nauseous, avoid lying down. Either sit up or prop yourself up in bed to a prone position.
When you lie down, the liquids in your stomach tend to move up, creating additional pressure and discomfort.
2. BRAT Diet
Grandma was right. Eat small portions of bland foods. The BRAT diet stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Keep it plain, keep it simple.
Avoid fatty, fried, spicy or very sweet foods. That means no red meat, dairy, donuts or fries.
In addition to eating small portions of plain food, try eating your food cold or at room temperature to avoid overpowering odors and tastes. The more bland the better while your nauseous.