Natural cures for motion sickness
Updated On: Dec 18 2012 10:08:59 AM CST
By Pure Matters
If a car trip seems like a roller coaster and every boat ride makes you feel like the Titanic is in your stomach, you need some strategies to solve motion sickness. Here are seven smart ways to stop the swaying and quiet your stomach.
Acupressure. A nifty trick: Press between the two tendons on the inside of your wrist, about three finger widths above your wrist. This acupressure spot will relieve nausea. For longer-lasting relief, you can purchase a motion sickness band, which is a roughly inch-wide elastic strip with a plastic bead that applies pressure to the same area.
Lemons and olives. To combat the excess saliva produced by motion sickness, suck on lemon or eat a few olives. The chemicals in lemons and olives dry out your mouth and ease queasiness. This trick is most effective if you do it as soon as you first feel nausea.
Ginger.Ginger may be a better motion sickness cure than dimenhydrinate, which is the main ingredient in Dramamine. It works by increasing circulation and speeding up digestion. Take two 500 milligram ginger tablets three times daily, ideally at least two hours before travel. Foods and drinks with real ginger can also work. However, products with only artificial flavoring don't. Check the labels on candies, teas, and ginger ale to be sure it's the real deal.
Sweet stuff. Check out the ingredients on common over-the-counter nausea remedies and you'll find that many are mostly sugar. Another option: fruit syrup from a can of peaches or a flat soda.
Carbs. Right before you go on a whirly ride at an amusement park or board a boat, eat a small amount of carbohydrates. Some crackers or unbuttered popcorn are good examples. The carbs help soak up stomach acid, which can lead to nausea.
Bad thoughts. As counterintuitive as it may seem, thinking that the nausea will be worse than it actually is can lead to a calmer tummy. Researchers found that those who were led to believe placebo pills made nausea worse were actually 30 percent calmer and felt less nauseous. Scientists believe that when you spend time thinking about how you'll cope, you're better able to deal with whatever happens.
Your thumb. You can also trick your brain into thinking you're stationary. Because balance and nausea from motion sickness come from your perception, you can trick yourself. Hold one arm in front of you as you brace yourself with your other hand. Extend your thumb up like you're Fonzie, then stare at your thumbnail. As your eyes stay focused on your thumbnail, your sense of sight fools your brain into thinking that you're stationary. Ayyyyyyy!
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