10 Tips to Prevent Nausea

Both nausea and vomiting are among the most unpleasant symptoms of physical discomfort a person can experience.
10 Tips to Prevent Nausea

Last update: 02 June, 2021

Pallor, weakness, gas, dizziness and nausea are the main symptoms that precede vomiting and, together, make the person feel unable to perform normal activities.

Nausea is the sensation of wanting to expel food through the mouth. While dizziness comes to be the sensation of instability that’s perceived in the head and stomach. Then, vomiting is the expulsion of food through the mouth, in a violent and sudden way.

Vomiting is a defense mechanism of the organism, to avoid damage to the stomach. The causes of its appearance can be very varied: from indigestion to an illness.

What Can Cause Vomiting?

There are many potential causes that can lead to vomiting, like:

  • Reflux.
  • Allergies.
  • Appendicitis.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Infections.
  • Motion sickness
  • Taking certain medications
  • Intestinal obstruction

Advice to Prevent Nausea

In case someone vomits more than 3 times a day, within 48 hours, it’s best to take them to the doctor as soon as possible for a proper physical evaluation. The sooner the diagnosis is made, better appropriate measures can be taken to treat the discomfort.

The following tips can be applied in case the person gets too dizzy when traveling in vehicles or performing certain activities and thus prevent vomiting. They shouldn’t be taken as exclusive treatment in case of illness.

1. Breathe deeply

Tips to prevent nausea.

If the person becomes dizzy and feels that they may vomit, it’s advisable to breathe deeply, from the abdomen. Concentrating on inhaling and exhaling slowly won’t only reduce discomfort but also relax the person.

Breathing deeply compresses the stomach by pressing on the diaphragm, making it difficult for stomach contents to rise into the mouth. On the other hand, if possible, you can also bring the person close to a source of fresh air, such as a window.

2. Ginger tea

Among the healthiest natural drinks to prevent vomiting, ginger tea stands out. Its components, as a whole, manage to alleviate nausea and dizziness.

It’s highly recommended to combat nausea during pregnancy and it’s also advisable to drink it 15 minutes before traveling to avoid discomfort.

3. Chamomile tea

On the other hand, chamomile tea has very favorable properties for the health of the digestive system. It also relaxes and reduces inflammation. Therefore, it can be used both to prevent nausea and to soothe the stomach once vomiting occurs. It’s recommended to drink in small sips.

4. Mint tea

Peppermint infusion or tea is usually consumed after a meal to facilitate digestion and prevent intestinal irritation, spasms and gastric reflux. However it can also be used to prevent nausea.

In case the above options aren’t available, this can be used to quell nausea.

When traveling, there are those who take some fresh mint leaves in a sealed bag or a piece of fresh lemon and when they get dizzy and feel sick, they cut it in half and place it near the nose, to smell it and thus mitigate the discomfort.

5. Rice water

Rice water to prevent nausea.

Rice water can help stop nausea. To prepare it, you only have to boil a liter of water with a cup of rice for 20 minutes, then strain and drink warm. It can be drunk a little at a time, several times a day, as an adjuvant treatment, never as a substitute for the treatment prescribed by the doctor.

6. Ice

Ice makes for a simple remedy that boasts an instant effect by chewing and sucking on ice cubes. Though this remedy is very handy, its effects don’t last long. Ice makes the stomach constrict slower, which makes it harder for the body to vomit.

7. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar.

It’s popularly believed that rinsing the mouth with a little apple cider vinegar diluted in half a glass of water can help prevent nausea and freshen the breath.

It’s very important not to bring the vinegar near the nose, as the strong and penetrating aroma of this ingredient can easily induce vomiting.

8. Cold or hot compresses

Another popular remedy is to place hot and cold water compresses on the belly, for intervals of approximately 2 to 5 minutes, which will help relax the stomach, relieve contractions and, therefore, prevent nausea.

9. Easy to Digest Foods

Soft foods to prevent nausea.

Although vomiting may cause loss of appetite, in certain cases you can resort to some soft and easy to digest foods to relieve the general stomach discomfort. It’s also necessary to avoid at all costs fatty foods (such as fried food) and all those that may cause gas.

Want to know more? Read: Medicinal Uses of Ginger

10. Don’t Lie Down

If the person feels dizzy, nauseated and close to vomiting, it’s best to place them in a slightly reclined position, with the back supported and the head up, not lying down. When the body is completely horizontal, instead of avoiding vomiting, it would be inducing it.

If you feel the urge to vomit, ceaselessly moving around or laying down in bed are terrible ideas because they’ll only strengthen the urge.

What Should You Do If Nausea and Discomfort continue?

If nausea and vomiting become persistent symptoms after 48 hours, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible. And, since vomiting can cause the body to dehydrate rapidly, it’s important to try to keep hydrated.

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