It’s one thing when you’re having an upset stomach and a different one when you’re experiencing nausea. Nausea is a frequent occurrence if you’re undergoing cancer treatments or pregnant. The good news is, you can control it with proper treatment and plenty of rest.
But what about if you feel it occasionally? Most people experience it more than others. It’s uncomfortable, we know. However, you can’t get permanent relief from over-the-counter medications.
What Exactly is Nausea?
Nausea is the sensation of uneasiness in the stomach or a feeling that makes you want to vomit.
How Long Does it Last?
It depends. If you’ve eaten something wrong, you might feel better after one or two hours, but if it’s caused by pregnancy, cancer treatments, or other factors, nausea can last for days and sometimes weeks.
It could be an indicator that something’s up. If you’ve been nauseous for more than two weeks, it’s best to talk with your doctor about it because it could be a sign of an underlying issue.
What Causes Nausea?
It’s caused by issues in any one of the three areas of your body, including:
- Spinal fluid and brain- nausea is common with meningitis, migraine headaches, stroke, head injury, and bleeding around and into the brain.
- Balance centers in your inner ear- nausea may be related to vertigo, a dizzy sensation of falling, spinning, or moving when you’re stationary.
- Abdominal and pelvic organs- common abdominal causes of nausea include swelling of the pancreas (pancreatitis) or liver (hepatitis), swelling of the kidney, gallbladder, and irritation of the pelvic organs or appendix, tummy, intestinal lining.
Other common causes are:
- Anxiety and stress
- Low blood sugar
- Gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Viruses such as norovirus (stomach flu) and influenza (flu)
- Motion sickness
Symptoms of Nausea
Some of the main manifestations of nausea include:
- Blurred vision
- Rapid heartbeat
Best Ways An Individual Can Get Relief From Nausea
There are many simple ways to find soothing from nausea. Here are some of them:
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drinking plenty of fluids helps replace the fluid lost, which helps reduce nausea. Ensure to drink enough water every day- at least eight glasses. Consider adding a bit of sea salt to your water to make it even more soothing.
Ensure You Eat the Right Foods
Foods that are easy on your tummy, like bread and crackers, rice, bananas, applesauce, and yogurt, tend to work best for nausea. Eating very slowly and carefully chewing your food might also help.
You should consider minding your potions as well. Overeating in one sitting might encourage vomiting despite the food you eat.
Meditating has been said to help reduce nausea. It can do so because meditation helps bring about a state of deep relaxation, which leads to better sleep and feelings of well-being- all of which help with nausea.
Acupressure is the practice of applying some pressure to particular points on your body using your fingers, elbows, and even your toes. Acupressure for nausea isn’t complicated. All you should do is:
- Find the exact spot where the inside of your wrist meets your arm and place two or three fingers on it
- Find a position that feels comfortable- sitting cross-legged might be best, but if you can’t sit in that position, you can lie on your side
- Press down with firm pressure- ideally for three minutes
You might experience a bit of soreness while pressing, but that’s normal. Repeat this acupressure method two or three times per day to relieve nausea. If getting up and moving around isn’t an option, try doing this acupressure method lying down.
Try Ginger Tea
Ginger is a famous home cure for nausea, as it has been used as such since the times of Ancient Greece and China, where it’s still commonly used to treat various stomach ailments.
As per NCCAM, ginger can be effective against nausea and vomiting- especially morning sickness. To make ginger tea:
- Add some water into a pot and heat it until bubbles form on the surface
- Remove from heat and add one to two teaspoons of fresh ginger root (or as much as you need)
- Cover the combination and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes– you can stir it while it sits
- Strain the mixture and drink while warm. You can add honey to sweeten this remedy.
Many people tend to lean forward or bend at their waist when they feel nauseous, but this position makes it easier for stomach contents to flow into the throat.
Instead of leaning over, stand up with your back straight and keep your legs slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
Also, don’t be in a hurry to lie down after eating. Wait for at least an hour so the food can settle in your stomach.
Nausea is manageable. You don’t have to call a doctor unless it’s necessary. Try the techniques above today and experience the relief you deserve. Remember not to give up if you don’t get the results you desire immediately. And most importantly, believe that you can do it.