Is there a worse sensation than vomiting? It can be quite painful, and the stomach acid is also hard on your throat and teeth. If you do it in public and in a particularly messy way, vomiting can also be deeply embarrassing. While vomiting is often the unfortunate byproduct of cold and flu, here are several ways to prevent or stop you from experiencing this awful condition more than you absolutely have to.
1. Change your diet.
You may like spicy foods, but do spicy foods like you? Be sure to monitor your diet. If you notice queasiness and vomiting after eating certain dishes, avoid them in future. Food should be enjoyed, not endured, so choose something else on the menu.
2. Choose gentle foods.
Once your vomiting has ended, take steps to prevent it from reoccurring by being careful about what you eat for the next few days. Stick with oatmeal, yogurt, gelatin, rice, soda crackers, or broth. Keep quantities low at first and see how well you tolerate them. Once you experience success with these, add in bananas, plain toast, and applesauce.
3. Choose fewer foods.
Sometimes we can just overindulge to the point where our system can’t handle the excess. In those cases, the body needs to purge itself, and this happens through vomiting. Compulsive overeating can lead to disaster as the stomach can only handle about four cups’ worth of food. Overdoing it can also lead to worse things than vomiting, such as stomach rupture and even death.
4. Avoid harsh beverages.
Vomiting is a notorious result of excessive alcohol consumption. If this happens to you more than once in a blue moon, cut back on your adult beverages. Certain fruit juices, such as orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime are also hard on the stomach. Soda pop is particularly bad for the stomach and your esophagus, so definitely consume it in moderation, or better yet, not at all. Caffeine should also be avoided in all of its forms.
5. Choose gentle beverages.
Once your vomiting has subsided, try small doses of clear liquids, like water or broth. You can then move on to ginger tea, herbal tea, chamomile tea, and non-citrus juices, working your way up as you go.
Although milk is shown in movies as something that calms the savage stomach, it is actually mildly acidic and might just makes things worse. It is important to stay hydrated and restore your electrolyte balance, so keeping trying to ingest fluid even if you don’t want to.
6. Avoid sources of anxiety.
Some people view it as a test of their worth to do things that others fear, like going on steep rollercoasters or watching scary, grotesque movies. While this can be fun to a point, if these activities are making you sick, it is time to admit that they are not for you.
You wont become less cool if you shy away from doing these things. In fact, you will look much worse if you do them and constantly throw up. Throwing up on a rollercoaster is a particularly embarrassing situation that you will want to avoid!
7. Talk to your pharmacist.
If you don’t wish to change your habits and are still at risk of motion sickness, there are certain over the counter drugs you can try. These come in liquid, tablet, or suppository form and should be taken prior to the event that regularly makes you queasy.
Another remedy is a scopolamine skin patch, which helps to cure body imbalances and prevents signals to the brain that induce the body to vomit. In contrast to most medications, this one takes some time to be effective and will not provide short-term relief.
8. Lie down.
If you feel on the verge of getting sick, you should try laying down. The urge to vomit can sometimes be prevented by having your head elevated, so use some extra pillows to make this happen. As mentioned, vomiting can sometimes accompany viruses or mild bouts of food poisoning. In these cases, bedrest is one of your best weapons.
9. Monitor changes.
Has your diet or medication regimen changed at all recently? If you have started to expand your diet, perhaps that new spice you are cooking with is something your stomach cannot tolerate. Medications can also be hard on you. Make sure you follow directions and take them at the prescribed times with or after a meal to lessen stomach strain.
10. See your doctor.
If the above techniques have not produced positive results, see your doctor. Repeated vomiting can be very hard on your body and produce dangerous levels of dehydration. It can also be the sign of something more serious going on in your system, like Ménière’s disease or even brain issues. Play it safe and have a professional give you a check-up and offer additional advice.
11. See an acupuncture practitioner.
Those wishing to find a natural solution to their vomiting woes can try acupuncture. Accessing certain pressure points in your body can help to relieve nausea. Acupressure also works in this regard by putting pressure on one part of the body as a way of inducing beneficial change in another.
12. See a therapist.
Anxiety can do a number of unpleasant things to your body, including making your stomach ill. It is common for events like examinations and job interviews to create queasiness, but if you feel the consistent need to vomit, something is wrong.
Talk to a therapist about relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga. These professionals may also ask you questions about other aspects of your life (e.g. do you suffer from body issues and struggle with losing weight?) and suggest changes that will help provide a regular state of calmness.
While there is no way to prevent vomiting from ever happening, there are a number of ways to reduce the possibility of it occurring. When it does happen, you can make these periods of unpleasantness shorter and less frequent. Remember to do things in moderation, and when you feel yourself on the edge of sickness, step back. If you ever feel that you are severely ill or cannot stop these frequent occurrences of illness, it is time to visit a hospital or consult your physician.