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Sickness Relief: Top 10 Foods To Eat When You Feel Nauseous

Sickness Relief: Top 10 Foods To Eat When You Feel Nauseous

Just because you constantly feel like vomiting, people start assuming you’re expecting. Although it’s one of the symptoms, nausea doesn’t always have to be affiliated with pregnancy. It can be triggered by many other factors such as food poisoning, alcohol, stress, eating disorders and stomach flu.

The feeling of being rocked in a boat sounds better than it feels. When hit with nausea, the last thing on our minds is food or eating. We’re afraid that it can make our stomachs feel even worse. Oftentimes though, its food that helps us recover.

Whether your nausea is a symptom of pregnancy morning sickness, a side-effect of cancer treatment, motion sickness or just weather-induced, these can be treated with lifestyle changes and natural remedies. Although nausea isn’t as serious as other symptoms, they can still impact our quality of life negatively.

There are common remedies for this common problem:

1. Water

    Queasy or not, water is an important part of our daily life. Staying hydrated is an unspoken requirement for everyone regardless of health status. Lack of liquids in our system will automatically result to dehydration which often leads to nausea. Settle your stomach with a cool glass of water in sips – or all the way down.

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    2. Nuts

      Nausea is even worse when you lack protein. Restore your energy levels by getting some pistachios, almonds and peanuts in your system. You can even go for doses of peanut butter. However, if you have a peanut allergy, avoid nuts at all costs.

      3. Banana

        Fruits are a no-brainer when it comes to food to eat when nauseous. Just look at how vigorous the minions are because of bananas. On a more serious note, as another source of potassium, bananas can immediately help mitigate dehydration and vomiting. Bananas are usually the food recommended to help you ease back into eating solids again.

        4. Apple

          Apples are rich in fiber and helps in flushing out nausea-inducing chemicals in our system. But like everything else, eat it in moderation. Go by the “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” mindset. It can also be eaten in the form of applesauce, apple juice if digesting solid food requires too much effort. Apple cider vinegar can also help; just mix a teaspoon of it with honey in a cup of water, then drink this at least four times daily.

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          5. Crackers

            Bits and pieces of bread, toast, saltine crackers are instant relievers. These are high in starch and help absorb stomach acid and eases queasy stomachs. It is best eaten in the morning before you start your day. Keep this close by for times when the churning in your stomach becomes uncontrollable.

            6. Ginger

              Ginger can be eaten in the powder form, grated, as ginger ale, ginger tea, gingersnap cookies, ginger candy and pickled ginger. Healthcare professionals also frequently recommend ginger for treating nausea and vomiting brought about by pregnancy or chemotherapy. Ginger contains absorbent, antispasmodic and antiemetic properties. This is one of the best remedies for travel sickness. Consume it in moderate amounts though. Too much of it can irritate the stomach lining

              7. Citrus

                Whether you prefer lemons or oranges, infuse them in your water, suck on the slices, or juice them. There’s nothing freshly juiced fruit can’t fix. A popular home remedy also suggests sipping on boiled lemon peels and honey.

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                8. Dark Chocolate

                  This is probably a favorite on the list no matter your age. Taking a bite of dark chocolate is like killing two birds with one stone. You get rid of your nausea AND your sweet tooth is satisfied.

                  9. Sports Drinks

                    I admit that I only used to drink Gatorade for its cool colors and taste. It turns out sports drinks contain potassium and electrolytes both of which help restore the nutrients we lack. You don’t have to come fresh from a workout or be an athlete to get a dose of this.

                    10. Peppermint

                      The smell alone can immediately alleviate any traces of dizziness. You also have the option of chewing on the actual leaves or drinking it as a tea. Feel free to add its leaves to drinking water and juice as well.

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                      So In general, you have to avoid foods that are too strong to handle.

                      Did you notice how most of these are bland, have a soft texture and have almost little or no smell at all? The last thing we want is to deal with odors our systems find too strong to handle.

                      Avoid acidic fruit, foods that are fried, fatty, greasy and spicy and (literally) hot. For those who are lactose intolerant, dairy products are also a no-no. Not all these are guaranteed to soothe the discomfort you feel. We all react differently when it comes to food.

                      Sometimes, there’s nothing we can do to force ourselves to eat. In cases like this, aromatherapy can also help in easing nausea. Dabbing a little peppermint oil onto our tummies or inhaling it can immediately soothe an upset stomach.

                      Give these items a few trial and error runs and determine which one will cooperate with your stomach best. If all else fails, a positive state of mind and fresh air will always do you some good.

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                      11 Health Benefits of Black Tea that You Didn’t Know About

                      11 Health Benefits of Black Tea that You Didn’t Know About

                      Have you ever heard people criticizing your choices in having caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee? Though over-indulging in anything will have negative consequences, having an extra cup of black tea might not be as bad as you might have imagined.

                      Personally I love my perfect cup of tea. It’s how I like to begin my day—not to help me wake up, but rather I like to enjoy a tasteful cup of bliss first thing in the morning. When it comes to herbal, green or black tea, different things suit different people and a doctor’s recommendation should never be overlooked, but for most of us, indulging in a cup or two of black tea might in fact be a healthy life choice, as some studies have shown.[1]

                      Both green and black tea are made from a shrub called Camellia Sinesis, but with different processing methods. In addition to the leaves being withered, rolled and heated, black tea leaves are fermented before the final heating process.

                      Below are 11 health benefits of black tea on a regular basis, though it should be noted that it is recommended that black tea should be consumed without any additives like milk or sugar to truly harness its benefits.

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                      1. Oral Health

                      Studies funded by the Tea Trade Health Research Association suggests that black tea reduces plaque formation as well as restricts bacteria growth that promotes the formation of cavities and tooth decays.[2] Polyphenols found in black tea kill and surpass cavity-causing bacteria as well as hinder the growth of bacterial enzymes that form the sticky-like material that binds plaque to our teeth.

                      2. A Better Heart

                      As identified by Arab L. et al. in their 2009 research paper called “ Green and black tea consumption and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis”, it is seen that regardless of people’s country of origin, individuals who consume 3 or more cups of tea had a 21% lower risk of a stroke than people who consume less than 1 cup of green or black tea per day.

                      3. Antioxidants

                      Black tea contains polyphenols, which are also antioxidants that help block DNA damage associated with tobacco or other toxic chemicals. These antioxidants are different from those obtained from fruits and vegetables and therefore as a regular part of our diet they can provide additional benefits towards a healthy lifestyle.

                      4. Cancer Prevention

                      Though a lot more research is required to confidently suggest cancer prevention techniques, some research over the years suggests that antioxidants like polyphenol and catechins in tea may help prevent some types of cancer.[3] It has been suggested that women who drink black tea regularly have a lower chance of ovarian cancer than their counterparts.

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                      5. Healthy Bones

                      It has also been suggested that regular tea drinkers have stronger bones and lower probability of developing arthritis due to the phytochemicals found in tea.

                      6. Lower Risk of Diabetes

                      Based on a research study conducted of elderly people living in the Mediterranean islands, it was discovered that people that had been consuming black tea on a long-term basis on a moderate level (i.e 1-2 cups a day) had a 70% lower chance of having or developing type 2 diabetes.[4]

                      7. Stress Relief

                      We all are aware and well experienced about the calming and relaxing benefits of black tea. Not only does it help slow you down after a long day, studies show that the amino acid L-theanine found in black tea can help you relax and concentrate better.[5]

                      Black tea has also been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol when consumed in moderate amounts on a regular basis.

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                      8. Better Immune System

                      Black tea contains alkylamine antigens that help boost our immune response. In addition it also contains tannins that have the ability to fight viruses and hence keep us protected from influenza, stomach flu and other such commonly found viruses in our everyday lives.

                      9. Healthy Digestive Tract

                      In addition to improving your immune system, tannins also have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses and also help decrease digestive activity.

                      10. Increased Energy

                      Unlike other drinks that have a relatively higher caffeine content, the low amounts found in tea can help enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart. It also stimulates the metabolism and respiratory system, as well as the heart and the kidneys.

                      11. Happiness Factor

                      If a perfect cup of tea makes you smile and lets your heart indulge a little, then what could possibly be the harm?

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                      There you go, 11 reasons why you should drink black tea more often. When you’re drinking it without additives like milk or sugar, you’ll experience more of its health benefits!

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