Nausea is a horrible feeling. It may come in the form of gagging, feeling sick to your stomach, and not having an appetite. This feeling can even lead to vomiting and diarrhea, which is the most common outcome of nausea. Unfortunately, due to the uneasiness of the stomach, eating may be the last thing that will cross your mind. But guess what? There are some foods that can actually ease the symptoms.
Daljit Kaur, Head of Dietetics, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, is all set to reveal those foods which can help to relieve the symptoms of nausea. Let’s find out!
Kaur tells HealthShots, “Foods which help to avoid nausea are mint, ginger, applesauce, lemon water, and coconut water.”
Peppermint is known for its soothing properties and helps the digestive system in a big way. The natural oil found in peppermint relaxes the gut and removes gas from the digestive tract. Plus, it relieves intestinal spasms, reduces bloating, diarrhea, and treats nausea.
Either you chew on fresh mint leaves or drink a cup of mint tea to treat nausea.
Ginger contains phytochemicals and phytonutrients, which can help to reduce nausea.
Applesauce is a popular food for people with nausea and diarrhea. In fact, applesauce is a part of the BRAT diet (which stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast). It is a good source of carbs and is gentle on your stomach. Therefore, it can help to relieve nausea.
Lemon water is a great remedy to cure nausea, because of the neutralizing acids it contains. Try adding freshly squeezed lemon juice to water, and sip on it throughout the day. If nausea is due to constipation, drinking warm water with lemon juice may stimulate your bowels.
Coconut water is high in potassium, and can flush out excess water from your body. It soothes the stomach, is easy to digest, and prevents constipation as well.
Drink these fluids (coconut water and lemon water) slowly, says Kaur.
Kaur says, “It often happens that you may feel nauseous immediately or within a few hours after overeating, and this is normal. The causes of feeling nauseous after eating can be mild to severe. So, eat your meals on time and stick to small and frequent meals, without eating too much at once, because this may make your nausea worse.”
So, this is how you can get back on track. But if you have nausea along with other serious symptoms like high fever and severe stomach pain, call your doctor immediately.
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