The Best Super Foods and Natural Remedies to Help Reduce Nausea
Many natural remedies are available for common ailments such as nausea.
For this particular condition, some people choose olives. Others prefer ginger. Ginger is often used to treat simple nausea but is also useful for motion sickness. Simply slice off a small quantity of fresh ginger and steep it in hot water for several minutes to make a tea. Alternatively add slices of ginger to your glass of water and sip away. This herb is known to be one of the most consistently effective natural remedies available today.
Two other herbs which have been found to ease the symptoms of motion sickness include black horehound and peppermint. these can be consumed as:
- Dry extracts in the form of teas, powders or capsules.
- Tinctures or liquid extracts.
Tea can be made using dried herbs, using about one teaspoon into a tea strainer and putting it in a cup of hot water. Do not add sugar. If the taste is unpalatable, try a few drops of liquid stevia instead of sugar.
A popular technique to try for motion sickness is the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. This balances the anxiety and nervous energy system in the body.
Nausea associated with a hangover, could be part of a group of symptoms associated with excess alcohol consumption such as headaches, pain, vomiting, dizziness, shakiness, and more.
The causes of a hangover are biochemical reactions to the alcohol They include:
- Increased urination – The secretion of vasopressin is inhibited by alcohol. This antiduretic hormone keeps people from urinating unintentionally, and when this enzyme is suppressed, fluids (and electrolytes) are sent straight to the bladder.
- Dehydradion – Increased urination leads to quickly becoming dehydrated. As the body draws water from the brain in order to function, a feeling of fatigue and dizziness can occur.
- Build-up of acetaldehyde – As alcohol reaches the liver, it is broken down into acetaldehyde by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase. Acetaldehyde is up to 30 times more toxic than alcohol in the body, so the body’s system immediately attempts to break it down. Glutathione is also used by the body at this point to break down the enzyme. However, drinking too much alcohol depletes stores of glutathione, allowing acetaldehyde to build up, causing the symptoms of hangover.
- Congeners – These ingredients are produced as byproducts of distillation and fermentation and are found in numerous alcoholic beverages. Congeners are believed to heighten the effects of hangover and are found in higher quantities in darker liquors such as red wine, whiskey and brandy rather than in clear liquors such as gin or vodka.
- Glutamine rebound – Glutamine is a natural stimulant in the body but is inhibited by alcohol. This is why alcohol initially makes one sleepy – until the drinking has stopped and the body works overtime to increase glutamine levels. This causes fitful sleep and waking up during the night. The glutamine rebound is known to contribute to anxiety, tremors, fatigue, restlessness and increased blood pressure.
- Disruptions to the stomach lining, blood vessels and blood sugar – Alcohol irritates the lining of the stomach and can lead to an increased production of acid in the stomach. This in turn can cause nausea, stomach pain and vomiting. Dips in the blood sugar level due to alcohol can lead to mood swings, shakiness and seizures. Expansion of the blood vessels can lead to headaches.
- Inflammatory reaction – Alcohol also causes an inflammatory reaction in the body that in turn provokes decreased appetite, memory problems and trouble with concentration.
It is possible to “pre-tox” or prepare the body before a night on the town. When you know there is a good chance you will be consuming too much alcohol, try these easy natural ways to potentially avoid a hangover:
- N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) – A form of the amino acid cysteine, NAC is known to aid in increasing glutathione and reducing acetaldehyde toxicity that causes the symptoms of hangover. Take the recommended dose on the packaging.
- B vitamins – Many people believe NAC works even better when combined with vitamin B1, or thiamine. Because alcohol depletes vitamin B from the body, taking a supplement beforehand and the next day may help reduce the symptoms of a hangover.
- Milk thistle – Containing the antioxidants silymarina nd silybin, milk thistle is known to aid in protecting the liver from toxins, which includes the adverse effects of alcohol. Silymarin increases glutathione but also my regenerate liver cells.
- Vitamin C – Again, alcohol depletes this important vitamin, which is needed for reducing alcohol-induced oxidative stress in the liver. One study even showed that vitamin C was more effective at protecting the liver than milk thistle. Take this vitamin before drinking alcoholic beverages.
- Magnesium – Another nutrient that is depleted by drinking alcohol. Magnesium also contains anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce some of the symptoms of hangover. For those people who don’t consume a lot of magnesium-rich foods, take a magnesium supplement before an evening spent drinking.
Other steps to avoid or reduce the symptoms of a hangover include:
- Drinking plenty of water.
- Exercise – Short bouts of high-intensity exercise can sweat out the toxins from the body – but do make sure that you hydrate well before and after the exercise.
- Replenish the body – Bone broth can restore minerals, coconut water will replace electrolytes, coconut is good for potassium and eggs bring natural cysteine to the body’s system.
- Black coffee – One cup of coffee “in the morning after the night before” could help with nausea. However excess consumption of coffee is not recommended.
I’m sure that we don’t have to say it but excess alcohol consumption is not recommended.
How Gut Health Can Help Reduce Nausea
Perhaps the best thing to do to avoid nausea in the first place is to ensure that the gut is healthy. One simple way to accomplish good gut health is to consume probiotics or health promoting bacteria which is found within the human body.
More than 200 studies have shown that probiotics can alleviate the symptoms or help cure entirely more than 170 diseases, including:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Atopic dermatitis
- Allergic rhinitis
Sugar nourishes pathogenic bacterial yeast and fungi in the gut. Eating a healthy diet causes beneficial gut flora to flourish and thereby promotes good health. Many recent scientific studies indicate the benefits of probiotics to help in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even depression.
Gut flora also influences the health of children. When the child’s gut flora is compromised, their immunity and accessibility to colds and bacteria may increase and they may be at risk from vaccine damage. Please discuss the options with your health practitioner.
The body contains about 100 trillion bacteria, which is more than 10 times the number of the cells. This inner ecosystem has an influence on countless aspects of health. The way these micro-organisms interact with the rest of body can encourage or prevent the development of certain diseases.
Gut bacteria are highly susceptible to factors such as:
- Sugar and fructose
- Refined grains
- Processed foods
- Antibiotics, including those given to livestock during food production
- Chlorinated and fluoridated water
- Antibacterial soaps
- Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
All of the above factors can put gut flora out of the balance. Altering your diet to avoid processed foods and focusing on whole foods will make a big difference.
How does one know when the gut flora is out of balance? The following symptoms are good examples of this condition:
- Gas and bloating
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Sugar cravings or cravings for refined carbohydrates
How to increase probiotics in your diet
1. Probiotic supplements: Replenishing the healthy bacteria in our guts by taking high quality Probiotics supplements can help reduce inflammation in the body, enhance glycemic control, reduce oxidative stress and reduce depression.
2. Food that are good sources of probiotics include: organic bio yogurt, fermented foods such as sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), organic non-GM natto and tempe (made from fermented soy beans), miso soup, kimchi (fermented cabbage and other vegetables typical of Korean cuisine), kefir, organic sourdough bread, and algae based foods such as: spirulina, blue-green algae, and chlorella (these can be consumed as superfood green powders).
3. Increase consumtion of prebiotics: Prebiotics are the food source for the healthy probiotic bacteria. To help the probiotics work effectively, increase prebiotic rich foods in your diet. These include: bananas, Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, oatmeal, organic honey and organic maple syrup.