Nausea is no fun. The uneasy feeling is caused by a variety of conditions, including food allergies, migraines, pregnancy, motion sickness and food poisoning. In addition to seeking medical treatment when necessary, certain foods and eating habits can help minimize your symptoms, putting you on the road to feeling well again soon.
Ginger has been used in China for over 2,000 years as a natural remedy for digestive problems and nausea. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger can help manage nausea related to motion sickness and pregnancy. Ginger can be consumed in many forms, including candies, cookies, soft drinks and teas. You can also make a ginger tincture by soaking ginger root in hot water, then sipping it plain or with a touch of honey for sweetness. If you purchase ginger ale, make sure it contains ginger, rather than artificial flavoring, for best results.
Soda crackers are mild-tasting, salty and low in fat, three characteristics of nausea-reducing foods, according to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Excessive flavors or fat can worsen nausea and related symptoms, such as stomach pain and vomiting. The salt in crackers can help replenish sodium loss from vomiting or diarrhea.
Toast provides a mild-tasting source of carbohydrates, which your body relies on for energy. The Mayo Clinic recommends snacking often on dry toast and other foods to minimize nausea and keep it at bay. If you're experiencing diarrhea, avoid high-fiber breads, which can make your symptoms worse. Otherwise, whole-grain breads provide more nutrients. You can also toast English muffins, crumpets and plain bagels.
Eggs provide protein, which plays an important role in physical strength and immune function. They also have a mild flavor and odor, and a short cooking time. Foods that fill your home with pungent aromas, on the other hand, can worsen nausea. For best results, prepare eggs using low-fat cooking methods, such as boiling or scrambling with non-stick cooking spray. For a lower-fat option, use mostly egg whites. To manage sodium loss, season your eggs with salt.
August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, podcast host and author of “Girl Boner: The Good Girl’s Guide to Sexual Empowerment” (Amberjack Publishing, 2018). Her articles appear in DAME Magazine, Cosmopolitan.com, the Huffington Post and more, and she loves connecting with readers through her blog and social media. augustmclaughlin.com