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I cannot travel much by busses. When I do, I suffer from vomiting and nausea sensation. Should I consume lemonade while traveling? Explain how lemonade will be effective for curbing nausea sensation? Suggest some diet remedies
(February 15, 2011)

Vomiting sensation throughout the day

There are several causes for feeling a vomiting sensation through out the day. The feeling of nausea is brought on because of some illness or health problem and is not an illness in itself. If one is not vomiting but only has a sensation of nausea then the stomach is churning and wanting to empty out whatever is in it for several reasons. Vomiting is a violent motions of the stomach in which it turns inside our and pushes its contents out of the esophagus.

Some of the causes of nausea and vomiting are early pregnancy, gastritis, food poisoning, viral flu, peptic ulcers and other stomach irritations.

Vomiting is also brought on with a severe headache like migraine, and can lead to dehydration unless the person relaxes with pain killers and controls the vomiting.  More serious causes are increased pressure in the skull because of an injury like a severe blow to the head which has caused concussion or when the brain swells up with an infection like abnormal electrolyte in the blood, tumor or meningitis or encephalitis. Certain disease cause extreme vomiting like kidney diseases and kidney failure, inflammatory disease of the bowels, pancreatitis, and diseases of the gall bladder, hepatitis and cancer.

An inner ear infection could make a person nauseas and even result in vomiting. Often certain smells can trigger off nausea or this could happen while witnessing a traumatic incident and blood shed which might also be the cause of vomiting and nausea. Fainting is also triggered off by incidents or pain which over stimulates the heart rate and dilates the blood vessels resulting in a decreased flow of blood to the brain. The sensation of fainting could also result in nausea and vomiting. If a person has been exposed to extreme heat this could cause heat stroke, exhaustion and dehydration which is another reason for a vomiting sensation.  Those who are about to suffer a heart attack have been known to have severe nausea or nausea accompanied by vomiting.

How to curb nausea

It is important to curb the nausea and vomiting as the person could get severely dehydrated. However, it is not advisable to give the person anything to drink in large quantities after a bout of vomiting as they will not be able to retain it and the nausea may get aggravated by it. It is best to try and make them sip small quantities of clear fluid, even teas spoons of iced water until they feel they can retain the liquid. Once the vomiting and nausea has been controlled the person can be administered clear fluids. Water is always the first preference but apart from this one could try sports drinks which will energize the person, clear soups or broths, jello or popsicles. Milk products should be avoided as it is difficult to digest them after a bout of vomiting. 

Vomiting while travelling

Many people suffer with motion sickness which is vomiting while travelling. This could happen while travelling by road or sea as it is the movement which is the cause of the nausea. Air sickness was experienced by people when the aircrafts were not pressurized, but the modern day traveler does not suffer anymore. It is the inner ear which is used to register the balance of a person which gets disturbed with the motion and causes travel sickness.  

How to avoid vomiting while travelling

When the person feels the motion of the vehicle more the sensation of nausea also increases. So to try and make the motion and speed seem less the person should be made to sit in the middle so that they feel more stable and do not get symptoms of dizziness or churning of the stomach which are related to movement.  The eyes should not remain fixed on one spot but should look away into the horizon to make the nausea less.

Before embarking on a travel anyone who suffers with motion sickness should eat a very light meal. Alcohol should be avoided prior to travel; instead consuming a lot of water and getting enough sleep before travel is good. Many have a psychological reaction to travel which makes them vomit or feel nauseas. Taking a medication which will prevent nausea is also helpful and will keep the person relaxed during the journey.  Sweets with fruity tastes which can be kept in the cheek and dissolve slowly keep the mouth moist and reduces the sensation of nausea.

Vomiting during travelling

Many women have to travel while they are pregnant and this could result in increased vomiting during traveling.  Before embarking on any kind of travel a pregnant woman should take the advice of her doctor to make sure that all is well and it is safe to travel. Most women would avoid travelling at this time as it is an uncomfortable effort and sitting in one position for a long time is not really comfortable. However, if one has to travel for unavoidable reasons it is best to take the necessary precautions. The doctor may suggest certain prenatal tests to determine whether it is aright for the mother to be to undertake the travel. However, it is best to carry all the medication which your doctor may prescribe with you so that if there is any problem on the way you can cope with it. Medications should only be taken with the advice of the doctor who is treating the mother as he will know her exact condition.

How to avoid vomiting during travelling

There are some yoga techniques which if practiced prior to travel will reduce the instance of motion sickness in a person. What the person has to strive for is both mental and physical balance and stability. A few loosening breathing exercise will relax the body and make it open to accepting the movement of travel. Some of the asanas which help to reduce and to control nausea are kriya and kapalabhati. It is best to start doing these asanas a few days before the travel schedule so that the body is prepared.

Vomiting due to indigestion

Dyspepsia or indigestion can cause vomiting or nausea. It could also be accompanied by diarrhea and acidity. The abdomen feels tender to the touch and there is a lot of discomfort because of undigested foods in the stomach. This could be because of eating the wrong kind of foods or because of a health problem. It is best to consult your physician to see what the underlying problem is so that the right treatment is given

Submitted by C N on February 15, 2011 at 12:23


Vomiting is basically defined as the forceful expulsion or removal of the contents of the stomach which is achieved by the contraction of the stomach muscles. In some cases, the person may try to vomit but may be unable to actually expel anything from their mouth and this action is termed as retching. Vomiting may or may not be accompanied by a feeling of nausea. Some of the commonly observed symptoms of vomiting include light headedness, changes in skin temperature, increased saliva, increase in ones heart beat rate and so on. In order to know how to treat vomiting it is essential to determine the exact cause of vomiting which may be on account of food poisoning, stomach cancer, reflux, acute gastritis, or cholera. One of the home remedies for vomiting includes having a cup of ginger tea to help soothe the stomach. One may also prepare a mixture of a teaspoon each of lime juice, honey and mint juice as well as half a teaspoon of ginger juice and consume the mixture as a treatment for vomiting. Another natural treatment for vomiting is to slowly sip some chilled soda and relax for some time thereby giving the stomach a break and allowing the stomach muscles to relax as well. Some other home remedies for vomiting include consuming a teaspoon of onion juice in regular intervals and also sipping on a glass of honey water throughout the day to stop the vomiting.

While following any treatment for vomiting one should also remember not to consume any solid foods for the first twelve hours post vomiting and instead one should only consume liquids such as clean water, carbonated juices and even some apple juice. On the other hand one should try and avoid dairy products and citrus juices for at least the first 24 hours after a bout of vomiting. Thereafter during the next twelve hours, one may gradually start eating solid foods such as boiled rice, banana, boiled potatoes and even a peeled apple. While undergoing treatment for vomiting one is advised not to rush to a normal diet as soon as the vomiting stops but instead to consume semi-solid foods and plenty of liquids for the first three to four days. If the vomiting does not stop with the home remedies for vomiting then one should immediately visit a doctor to prevent dehydration and any other serious repercussions.

The key to any treatment for vomiting is to ensure that the patient has some liquid at least every two hours to ensure that they remain hydrated. One may also consume some fresh coconut water which is known to have a soothing effect on the stomach. Many a time’s people also suffer from vomiting during travel which is also known as motion sickness. Some of the home remedies for vomiting during travel would be to cover ones nose so as to avoid any odor that may aggravate the nauseous feeling. One can also handle motion sickness avoiding alcohol while traveling as it tends to make the head twirl resulting in vomiting if consumed in excess.

Submitted by E L on October 12, 2010 at 12:39


Nausea is an unpleasant experience, which is common after overeating, poor eating, prior to travelling, food poisoning and indigestion. Nausea is the urge to vomit. Vomiting Ginger and lemon juices are age old remedies from the grandma's cupboard, for nausea and vomiting. Smelling a freshly cut lemon is the best way to curb nausea. Sip a glass of warm water, with a lemon squeezed in it.

Drink a glass of warm milk or tea to soothe the situation. Chew a piece of fresh ginger or pickled ginger, as soon as you start travelling. Ginger tea with honey is equally effective. Try to avoid eating or drinking anything, at least two hours prior to travelling. This helps prevent vomiting. Smell some fresh mint leaves. This herb soothes the stomach. Peppermint oil is of great help, as a part of aromatherapy. Avoid processed foods, beans and dairy products, before travelling. Nausea due to indigestion is reduced with papaya, pineapple and acidophilus bacteria in yoghurt. Sip some cold beverages, such as carbonated drinks. Try to avoid the same, in case of a heavy stomach. Any kind of movement results in discomfort and indigestion. Rest, after food intake proves beneficial.

Equal proportion of lemon juice and honey (about one teaspoon each) is taken slowly to relieve nausea. A decoction of clove is highly effective in fighting off nausea. Mint or ginger tea is helpful. Continuous vomiting and nausea is combated by going in for more liquids, such as cranberry juice. Carbonated beverages such as soda are also helpful. Take a lemon and lemonade, whenever you travel. Sip the lemonade in a gradual manner. If it is difficult to cut a lemon, while travelling, smell the fruit, as such. Peel an orange, as it is refreshing and revitalizing. Try to divert yourself, by reading a book. A walkman is helpful to listen to some good music. This helps in forgetting your feelings of nausea.

Dietary modifications such as high fluid intake prove helpful. Severe vomiting results in dehydration. This is prevented by increasing the intake of liquids, in the form of soups, fresh juices, water, barley water, coconut water and so on. Avoid high fat foods, especially before travelling. This might upset the stomach, thereby resulting in indigestion. Avoid processed foods such as baked foods, French fries, potato wafers, burgers and so on. Opt for normal foods, with moderate spice and fat. A balanced diet is helpful in preventing any nutrient deficiencies, associated with vomiting.
Submitted by S M on March 15, 2009 at 11:38


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