Many people experience nausea (the urge to throw up, vomit, up-chuck… you get the picture) from time to time, but it’s when it’s a daily thing that goes on for several weeks or months at a time, it’s a signal of something else going on in the body. Of course, if you are pregnant, this is a different discussion entirely. Today’s discussion is about general nausea.
Become a digestive detective
Starting with objectivity is the best way to determine cause and effect for anything in your body. It’s easier to see trends and patterns.
Start a food and symptom diary
Tracking all of your symptoms with every single thing you eat everyday can help to pinpoint when exactly you are experiencing nausea, and if there is an associated time. For example, if you are nauseous on waking, that can point to hypoglycemia, or not having enough food before bedtime. It can also suggest excessive stomach acid that may be spurting into the esophagus while sleeping, caused by foods that relax the stomach muscles and the open/close muscle (the sphincter) like wine, chocolate, and caffeine.
Test with a professional
As nausea is a state and not an actual condition, please go to the doctor. Google medicine will only take you so far as there are many factors that can cause nausea, including H. pylori, celiac disease, food intolerances, parasites, SIBO… and self-diagnosis here will not be as helpful without the confirmation of a professional. You may have multiple things happening at once. It may be exactly what you think (or have read) or it may not! Get objective confirmation.
While waiting for answers, keep calm and carry on
That phrase really does help with nausea, as it can feel like it’s going on forever when you are nauseous. A few things to try:
When eating, keep it simple
This may seem obvious, but when people are nauseous they forget to eat or hydrate, and when they do eat, the food they choose may be hard on the digestive tract. Clear broths, mashed bananas, white rice, dry toast (even rice-based toast would be easier) are good starts. Additionally, protein is important, and most people can eat chicken or turkey easily. This will keep a more stable blood sugar throughout the day. Chicken soups are a great old-fashioned staple. Cooking food is also preferable to raw during nausea.
Peppermint, ginger, fennel, and chamomile are a few of the most calming herbs to the digestive tract that can also reduce nausea. Avoid caffeine as much as possible.
Reduce your stress as much as possible
Stress and worrying REALLY aggravate nausea. They can increase physical sensations, and what is the best antidote is trying to find out what is causing it and resting. It’s also possible that worrying emotions and thoughts can start up the process when you have been feeling better. I’m not saying it’s psychosomatic, I’m saying that thoughts can stimulate emotion which can stimulate body sensation. They are interconnected.
What are your thoughts? For those of you who have had nausea, what were your treatments that helped the most? Feel free to add your comments below!