I haven’t been feeling good all day. Above all, I’ve been feeling nauseous and, consequently, I haven’t eaten much of anything. I should clarify that it’s not a serious nausea that makes me feel like I’m going to throw up, but rather a minor nausea and total lack of appetite.
Is there something I can eat that will likely make me less nauseous?
Some clinical studies have shown ginger to be helpful in reducing nausea. Ginger beer or ginger ale helps some, others take a bit of pickled ginger (as for sushi) and put it between cheek and gum. Others use Altoids’ new “ginger mint” flavor.
Me, I just like the taste of ginger. But Mrs. Mercotan thinks it has helped her with queasiness.
Well, nausea can be caused by low blood sugar, which would be helped by corn syrup, or by excess stomach acid, which can be neutralized by carbonation, so even mass-market ginger ale without ginger could help with some cases and not be “placebo effect”.
But you’re right that a real ginger ale, with sugar, carbonation and real ginger extract, covers more bases.
You’re on to something with the carbonation. I used to buy mineral water which had a bit of natural carbonation in it. Stuff was like a natural Alka-Seltzer-- fizzy with a hint of a salty/mineral taste. I kept it for when I was feeling nauseated, and man, it worked like a charm. Unfortunately, I can’t find it any more.
Bread helps sometimes, too, possibly by absorbing stomach acids. Saltine crackers are an old favorite for this-- ten million pregnant women can’t be wrong.
I used to suffer horribly from nausea induced by my birth control. Things that have helped me:
– A sip of beer. (Salt, yeast, carbonation . . )
– A peppermint candy.
–Emetrol (An OTC nausea remedy. It’s a thick cherry syrup.)
– Drammamine (OTC motion sickness medication)
Saltines work great for me. They seem to soak up a lot of stomach acid. I also find Chicken Soup easy to eat and keep down when I my acid reflux is acting up.
Saltines are also a standard issue for the Navy in rough weather.
Instead of saltines, I like Cheerios when I am nauseated. They’re mild like saltines but slightly less salty and I think the nostalgia helps too. I also find sips of cranberry juice help settle my stomach.