Feeling nauseous and vomiting can be the symptoms of many different medical conditions. With the support and advice from gastroenterologists, they can guide you around any medical conditions that are the root cause of feeling nauseous and vomiting. Although there are additional steps you can take to help reduce and manage the symptoms further, here are three steps you can take that can help.
Eating Small Meals
Eating six smaller meals instead of three larger ones can drastically help with the feeling of nausea. Additionally, having smaller meals more frequently can help reduce and elevate gastrointestinal distress, leading to the nauseous feeling. On the other hand, consuming larger meals can be overwhelming to the digestive system; with this disruption, you could end up making yourself feel more nauseous. Similarly, the same can be said for letting your stomach remain empty. By eating small meals more frequently, you can provide your body with all of the nutrition and energy needed to function daily without overwhelming your digestive system and making you feel nauseous.
When you are feeling unwell, it is vitally important to keep yourself hydrated. Your body is approximately 60% water, so it’s essential to keep these water levels high so your body can function at its most highest level. To do this, you need to ensure you are drinking at least eight glasses of water-rich fluids a day. The best drinks to help with this are clear liquids such as water, chicken broth, apple juice, Gatorade, or herbal teas. You may find that certain smells or tastes can make you feel more nauseous; opting for a drink such as ginger tea may help as ginger is a long-term natural remedy to help with digestive issues such as vomiting and nausea. Also, frequently taking small sips can help ensure that you’re giving your body the fluids it requires without overloading your body with a quick intake, which may not settle well and increase the nauseous feeling. When feeling nauseous, it’s recommended to avoid rich caffeine drinks, such as coffee. The caffeine not only carries a strong smell that can be unpleasing but also dehydrates the body.
Keep Upright After Each Meal
Remaining upright after eating will give your body the time needed to start digesting meals. Additionally, it will help stop the acid in your stomach from rising, which can make you feel nauseous. It’s recommended to keep upright either by standing or sitting in an upright position for twenty to thirty minutes wherever possible during the day. In the evening, try to allow even longer, up to three hours, after finishing your last meal and going to bed. This will allow your body proper time to digest and ensure that you aren’t feeling nauseous and benefit from having a good night’s sleep.
If you are feeling nauseous or having stomach problems, the Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center is here to help. To learn more about what we can do to help or schedule an appointment, call us today at 281-357-1977.