Life can be miserable if you go about your day with a queasy tummy. Here are some tips to help you feel better.
Nausea is often caused by having motion sickness, morning sickness or a virus, or taking medication. Eating small, frequent meals prevents an empty stomach, which can also trigger nausea. So, grazing throughout the day may bring you relief. Here are five foods that can help.
1. White, bland foods
Boiled rice and potato, and white toast are bland and easy to chew. They can help sooth an upset digestive system.
2. Apples and apple purée
Soft, cooked apples are an effective remedy for nausea. The slight tartness combined with the sweetness may settle stomachs.
3. Go ginger
Ginger has long been used to clear queasiness. Try sipping ginger ale or ginger tea, or suck on a piece of crystalline ginger. It contains compounds called gingerol and shogaol which improve digestive function in some people.
4. Pep up with mint
Like ginger, peppermint has a reputation for fighting nausea. Try sipping peppermint tea or just add two or three drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water.
5. Cold as ice
Sucking on ice chips and ice blocks helps refresh a dry mouth which can relieve nausea.
The bottom line
If possible, avoid going near cooking smells as they can worsen nausea. And if you can’t keep anything down for more than two days — even water or an ice cube — seek medical help from your GP or local hospital, especially in hot weather.