Experiencing nausea can be incredibly taxing on the body and mind. Simple tasks like moving from one room to another or having a conversation suddenly become much more difficult. Nausea can affect one’s movement and concentration so much so that even the simplest task seems impossible for the moment. Everyone experiences nausea at one point or another. Whether it’s related to motion sickness, food poisoning, pregnancy, or cancer treatment, natural remedies may provide some relief. Stocking your pantry with natural treatments for nausea can help you get through your discomfort. Nausea arises in a variety of situations, and understanding the cause is important for deciding the most appropriate treatment. Mild nausea can be treated with natural home remedies while acute and persistent nausea may warrant a visit to your health care provider.
Food poisoning related nausea
According to the CDC nearly 5 million people experience bacterial contracted food poisoning a year. While bacteria is always present in the intestinal system, a sudden influx of bad bacteria can cause serious pain and discomfort. Symptoms of food poisoning can start within hours of infection to days, depending on the type and quantity of ingested pathogens. Food poisoning symptoms include: bloating, gas, flatulence, stomach aches, stomach cramps, fever, vomiting, general discomfort, and in some cases, diarrhea.
Ginger- a proven natural remedy for nausea
Ginger is the most well known natural remedy for nausea because of its wide range of health benefits. Ginger has antibacterial properties which will help fight bacterial food poisoning, thus eliminating the symptom of nausea. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory, promotes the secretion of digestive juices, improves digestion, and soothes stomach muscles (like a sedative). Additionally, the phenols in ginger help move food and toxins in your system more quickly, thus promptly removing any toxic ingested substance. These properties make it ideal to use for nausea related to food poisoning where bacteria is typically the culprit and needs to be eliminated as soon as possible. Ginger has been used for more than 2,000 years for it’s many beneficial and effective health properties. It comes in many forms: tea, raw, capsules, lozenges, and ginger ale, which are beneficial against nausea.
Ginger dosage information
When experiencing food poisoning related nausea, any form of ginger will help. The sooner you take it, the faster you will see results.
Take 2 capsules three times a day for mild nausea and up to 2 capsules every 4 hours for severe nausea.
Ginger tea and raw ginger
In case of severe nausea, ginger tea can also be used in conjunction with ginger capsules. Drink 1 cup of ginger tea in between capsule dosages, up to 3 cups a day. Ginger tea can be made by using a ginger tea bag or by steeping grated fresh ginger in hot water.
Ginger ale can be beneficial for those experiencing food poisoning accompanied by a lot of gas or flatulence. Ginger ale will help relieve the gas and flatulence, thus helping relieve some of the discomfort associated with food poisoning. However, ginger ale should be used minimally because of it’s sugar content; sugar feeds bacteria and may prolong the infection.
Lemon for nausea
Lemon juice helps eliminate nausea in some of the same ways ginger does. Lemon juice has antibacterial properties, it’s alkalizing, and it helps improve digestion; all very beneficial attributes against bacterial food poisoning. Drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice in water will help settle the stomach and ease the discomfort of food poisoning and nausea. Drink 2-3 glasses of lemon water a day to eliminate nausea and food poisoning. Make lemon water by mixing the juice of one lemon in an eight ounce glass of water. It may taste tart at first but will become sweeter tasting as your body alkalizes. The prolonged use of lemon water can over time begin to damage tooth enamel. As a precaution, it’s best to brush ones teeth after drinking lemon water. Click here to read more about the benefits of drinking lemon water.
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