There are numerous possible causes of nausea such as overeating, eating high-fat foods that are difficult to digest, dehydration, indigestion, motion sickness, sunstroke, migraine, morning sickness, the flu, infectious disease, brain tumor, chemotherapy reaction, or as a result of consuming contaminated food or drink that is usually accompanied by vomiting. Nausea may also be a symptom of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Whatever the reason there are plenty of nutritional and lifestyles changes that can help. If nausea persists, always consult your doctor to rule out any underlying causes.
Ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory and digestive soothing properties. Ginger is also helpful in cases of nausea. Use liberally in cooking, in juices and as a gut soothing tea. A most helpful food to have in your cupboard staples and known to help ease many of the symptoms associated with nausea and IBS.
Many people find bananas neutral in flavor and easy on the stomach. Bananas are one of nature’s handiest snacks. They provide lots of soluble fiber and potassium. Both fiber and potassium are especially beneficial for your digestive system, helping to keep it functioning smoothly, which may help prevent nausea and IBS symptoms.
Mint and mint tea has digestive soothing and antispasmodic properties and has been used for centuries to ease indigestion and cramping. It makes a great alternative to caffeine containing black tea in cases of IBS. Sip after a meal to help ease the nausea and digestive symptoms associated with IBS.
The blandness of oats make them easily palatable if you’re suffering from nausea. Amongst many other nutrients, oats contain soluble fiber, a gentler form of fiber, which will help soothe nausea naturally and gently. Oats don’t contain gluten, although they may be processed in a factory where gluten is present, so if you are intolerant to gluten, purchase certified gluten-free oats. Oats and cereals made from oats like porridge, can be a good breakfast choice for people with nausea.
Peppermint and peppermint tea have digestive soothing and antispasmodic properties and has been used for centuries to ease indigestion and cramping. It makes a great alternative to caffeine containing black tea in cases of IBS. Sip after a meal to help ease the nausea and digestive symptoms associated with IBS.
Quinoa is a gluten-free grain. (It’s really a seed but makes a great grain substitute!) Wheat, rye, barley, spelt and many other grains all contain gluten. Gluten is a protein that can be difficult to digest for sensitive individuals and especially those affected by nausea associated with IBS. If you find your symptoms get worse after consuming gluten- containing products, try switching to gluten-free alternatives like quinoa. If your nausea settles down, you will know that gluten is likely to be a contributing factor.
Water is vital for overall good health, with coconut water being particularly hydrating. All water is important for gut health, as it flushes toxins from the body, that may contribute to feelings of nausea, keeps the cells hydrated and helps maintain intestinal muscle tone.. All good reasons to consume at least 8 glasses of water, to include coconut water, per day.
It is a well-known fact that stress can be a trigger for nausea and IBS. Chamomile tea is a relaxing and soothing tea. Its relaxing properties may make it helpful in reducing nausea stemming from anxiety. It makes a delicious, calming beverage to replace regular caffeinated black tea or coffee. Perfect for a pre-bedtime drink to aid restful sleep.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, particularly the probiotic variety that contains “The Mother’ taken just before a meal, is beneficial for gut health. It stimulates the release of HCL in the stomach, needed to digest and break down the foods we eat. The probiotics help to keep gut flora balanced, both of which should help ease nausea symptoms.
Fennel is known for its ability to ease a queasy stomach and reduce the formation of gas. Fennel tea has digestive soothing and antispasmodic properties, so is an excellent alternative to caffeine-containing black tea in cases of nausea and IBS. Sip before or after a meal to help ease the gas, cramping and bloating symptoms associated with IBS.
Whole grains are high in fiber and brown rice is no exception. It’s a great source of nutrients, including B vitamins, selenium and magnesium as well as insoluble fiber to bulk up the stool. However, if you have just switched from refined white rice to fiber rich brown rice, introduce slowly as too much fiber at one time may cause bloating, nausea and gas and worsen any IBS symptoms.
Fresh, filtered, well, or mineral water is vital for overall good health. It is particularly important for gut health. Water flushes toxins from the body, that may be a contributing factor in nausea, keeps the cells hydrated and helps maintain intestinal muscle tone. All good reasons to consume at least 8 glasses of water, per day. When you’re experiencing nausea, try taking many small sips frequently rather than drinking a whole glass of water in one go.