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How to Help Nausea Go Away Fast with These 5 Fixes

How to Help Nausea Go Away Fast with These 5 Fixes

There’s no mistaking nausea when it strikes. Your stomach gets unsettled and queasy. Your throat gets an odd, heavy sensation. You may even get the cold sweats, dizziness and feel like you’re about to vomit. It’s unmistakable and entirely undesirable.

But it’s important to note that nausea is not an ailment. It’s a symptom of something else that’s upsetting your body. It could be the flu, motion sickness, migraines, anxiety, hangovers, pregnancy, food poisoning, eating too much, a concussion or medication.

What causes nausea? While it’s not certain, it’s believed that the gastrointestinal tract is always in motion, contracting and expanding to help food move down the tract. Nausea is caused when that pattern is upset, either moving too fast, or too slow.

No matter the cause, the one thing everyone can agree on, is that absolutely no one enjoys nausea.

So what to do? There are a series of time tested techniques that help relieve nausea. Here are the top 5:

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1. Sit Upright

When you’re feeling nauseous, avoid lying down. Either sit up or prop yourself up in bed to a prone position.

When you lie down, the liquids in your stomach tend to move up, creating additional pressure and discomfort.

2. BRAT Diet

Grandma was right. Eat small portions of bland foods. The BRAT diet stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Keep it plain, keep it simple.

Avoid fatty, fried, spicy or very sweet foods. That means no red meat, dairy, donuts or fries.

In addition to eating small portions of plain food, try eating your food cold or at room temperature to avoid overpowering odors and tastes. The more bland the better while your nauseous.

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Find out more about how the BRAT diet works here.

3. Ginger

Ginger has been used since ancient times to treat all types of gastrointestinal related illnesses from nausea to motion sickness and vomiting.

One meta study concludes that “ginger is an effective and inexpensive treatment for nausea and vomiting and is safe.”[1] In fact, ginger is often recommended to help mothers avoid nausea during pregnancy and cancer patients during chemotherapy.

There are several ways you can eat ginger to help you overcome nausea. You can buy it fresh, pickled, candied, dried, powdered or consume it as a tea, soda, syrup and even baked into cookies.

The recommended safe daily dosage is 1,000 mg of powdered ginger a day. 1,000 mg is the equivalent of 1 grated teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, four cups of prepackaged ginger tea or two pieces of crystallized ginger.

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4. Peppermint

Peppermint is also reported to help ease nausea. It’s currently being used to help pregnant women combat morning sickness,[2] post-operative patients[3] and palliative and hospice patients.[4] While mint hasn’t been shown to reduce the frequency of nausea, it has been shown to reduce its intensity.

One of mint’s benefits, is that unlike many medications, it doesn’t come with any harmful side effects, but can still be effective in treating nausea.

In most clinical situations, patients were given mint oil. You can also use packaged peppermint tea, fresh mint from the grocery store or even peppermint gum.

5. Medication

It’s nice to go all natural, and it can certainly work, but sometimes you may want a little extra horsepower to tackle your nausea. Moreover, sometimes medication can actually treat the cause of your nausea, not just the symptom.

Get rid of the cause, and you won’t have to worry about treating your nausea, it will go away by itself:

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  • Migraines: If you’re nauseous because of a migraine, consider taking Excedrin for migraine headaches. If you can get rid of the migraine, you’ll hopefully get rid of the nausea.
  • The flu: If you have the flu, you might want to take ibuprofen. While it doesn’t relieve nausea per se, it can challenge the virus and relieve headaches, pain or fevers, all of which can cause nausea.
  • Motion sickness: If you’re prone to getting motion sickness in the car, train, ship or plane, you should definitely consider something like Dramamine or gravol. It’s an antihistamine that works as a mild sedative. Take it 20-30 minutes before your trip to prevent nausea symptoms from emerging.

There are more powerful drugs used for chemotherapy and post-operative situations that are probably best left to individual medical practitioners to discuss with you.

Conclusion

Aside from trying any or all of the above strategies to relieve your nausea, there are a few other things you should do to avoid making yourself even more nauseous.

When you first get nauseous, don’t eat or drink anything for a couple of hours. Let your stomach settle down a little bit.

Second, your nausea may want you to heave at the site of food or drink. However, you need to avoid dehydration at all costs. This is especially true if you’re nausea is accompanied by diarrhea because of the flu or gastro. Replacing your lost fluids is essential to avoid a smaller health issue turning into a larger one.

Lastly, if your nausea continues, don’t hesitate to call your healthcare practitioner. As we mentioned above, nausea is a symptom, not an ailment itself. If your nausea persists, and it’s not obvious why, you should get it checked out by a doctor.

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Marc Felgar is an aging, health & senior care expert focused on improving the lives of mature adults.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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