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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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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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