Diet and Nutrition

Foods That Can Relieve Nausea

Foods That Can Relieve Nausea

Key Takeaways

  • Nausea is often a precursor to vomiting.
  • Managing the real cause of your nausea is the best way to treat it.
  • Ginger is one of the best foods to manage nausea.

Nausea is a very unpleasant condition that is known as a feeling of sickness or uneasiness. Nausea is often a precursor to vomiting, and nearly everyone suffers from nausea at some point. Nausea can have a variety of different causes such as food poisoning, dehydration, motion sickness, morning sickness, acid reflux, medication side effects, and lots more. Most people would agree however, that regardless of the cause of the nausea, it’s always a miserable experience.

Fortunately, nausea does not typically warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. There are even certain natural remedies that can help relieve nausea.

Anti-Nausea Foods 

  • Ginger- Ginger in any form can help alleviate nausea and even vomiting. You can consume capsules of powdered ginger, ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger candy, or even ginger snap cookies to relieve the effects of nausea. Ginger triggers the secretion of different digestive enzymes which help neutralize stomach acids. It also contains phenols, which relax the stomach and reduce overactivity. In addition, phenols help the intestines move digested food and wastes more quickly. Therefore, any toxins that may be causing the nausea can be removed from the body faster. 
  • Apples- Fiber can be both good and bad for nausea. Too much fiber at one time can make nausea worse. However, a little fiber can help clear any nausea-inducing chemicals out of the body. An apple a day can be a good choice to get enough fiber, and thereby help alleviate nausea.
  • Crackers– Crackers are high in starch, which helps calm a queasy stomach by absorbing excess stomach acid. Other foods that are rich in starch are toast, regular bread, and saltines. Eating a few crackers before leaving bed in the morning may also help relieve morning sickness.
  • Nuts– Some people experience nausea due to a lack of protein. Lack of protein can also worsen pre-existing nausea. To solve this, it is important to consume protein-packed foods that are also easy to digest, like nuts. These foods can help keep nausea at bay and replenish energy. 
  • Water– Staying hydrated can help prevent headaches that often accompany nausea. Gradually drinking small amounts and shifting to a larger amount when your stomach can handle it can be very beneficial.
  • Mint– A typical home remedy for nausea is drinking mint tea or chewing fresh mint leaves.
  • Peppermint and Lemon– Even the smell of peppermint and lemon is known to relieve nausea. Peppermint tea and oil can also be beneficial as they relax the stomach muscles. Lemon juice mixed with water is also a natural cure for nausea.
  • Chamomile Tea– This has tranquilizing effects that alleviate stress and anxiety, which can cause and worsen nausea. Chamomile tea also lessens cramps and contractions in the stomach.

Other anti-nausea foods include cumin seeds, honey, onion, aniseed, apple cider vinegar, and ice cubes or popsicles. All these foods can help manage nausea.

Managing the real cause of your nausea is the best way to treat it. However, there are times where nausea can strike suddenly. In these cases, the above home remedies can help.