Do you feel nauseous or dizzy when traveling? This occurs when motion causes the eyes, sensory nerves and part of the ears to send conflicting signals to the brain. The good news is that the physical effects of motion sickness may be prevented or minimized if you take supplements before your next trip.
Here are some of our favorite products to help calm your stomach and steady your nerves:
Take two to three capsules an hour before departure to soak up acids that may cause stomach upset. Be sure to take them separately from other medications and supplements.
Several double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have found that one gram of ginger is very effective at soothing the stomach.
Your body uses more magnesium during times of stress. Take 500 mg to steady the nerves.
Peppermint calms a nervous stomach. Putting a drop of peppermint oil on the tongue or eating a peppermint candy may also have a similar effect.
Vitamin B-6 can help calm and soothe your stomach and nerves.
Dissolve 2-3 tablets by mouth every four hours as needed for a homeopathic solution for nausea, dizziness and other symptoms associated with motion sickness.
- If you don’t have any supplements on hand and you start to feel nauseous when traveling, try some of these tips:
- Get fresh air as quickly as possible. Roll down the window in the car or open the overhead air vent on a plane.
- Sit still and breathe deeply for one minute. Lie down and close your eyes if possible.
- Massage the underside of the ring finger from the tip of the finger to the second knuckle.
- Suck on a lemon or lime whenever queasiness strikes.
- Snack on whole grain crackers to soak up stomach acid, and drink sugar free, carbonated sodas. (Remember when your mom would give you ginger ale when you had an upset stomach?)
- Avoid dairy and sugary, salty and fried foods during the trip, since they may cause digestive disturbances.
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