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Feeling Nauseous? These Tips May Help Alleviate the Symptoms

Nausea refers to the awful, queasy feeling you have when you feel you may vomit. This feeling is often accompanied by symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, and common symptoms associated with nausea include dizziness, fever, faintness, and abdominal pain. The severity can range from mildly uncomfortable to agonizing, Everyday Health notes, with causes including motion sickness, pregnancy, food poisoning, infections, or as a side effect of many diseases and conditions. With this in mind, the treatment options would vary, depending on what is causing the nauseous feeling, but for those treatments that are not severe and do not require medical intervention, these tips may help alleviate the symptoms.

One of the ways to prevent nausea would be to avoid foods with strong flavors, including some hot foods (an alternative then is to eat cold food) and foods that are hard to digest.

After eating, do not lay down, and rather sit with your head elevated above your feet.

It is also helpful to eat smaller meals throughout the day, instead of three large ones. Be sure to also drink enough water—at least six glasses, WebMD reports. Stay hydrated by taking small sips of water at regular intervals. In small doses, a sweet beverage could help as drinks containing sugar (that are not acidic) can have a calming effect on the stomach. Do not drink carbonated drinks.

Electrolyte replacement sports drinks are another recommended option.

There are some natural remedies for nausea, these include ginger and peppermint tea, which has been found to relieve digestive symptoms. Ginger can be consumed fresh, or in tea, and according to Medical News Today, it has been found to be beneficial in treating “symptoms of nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy and by chemotherapy.”

It is also advisable to eat bland food, and avoid foods that are rich or spicy. Bland foods include bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. The BRAT diet is suggested for those who feel nauseous or vomiting.

Some people feel wrist acupressure can help to relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting. This is done by using your fingers to apply pressure to different acupoints.

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