Sick to your stomach? Nip your nausea in the bud!

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.

Drink tea

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!

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