You know what’s the worst feeling? When you love to travel and explore but one ride in a moving vehicle and you’re stomach is punishing you in ways you would never imagine! The nausea does not kick in alone and you are dripping in sweat, your head feels light and just about everything starts to annoy the daylights out of you. Motion sickness is caused by the repeated unusual movements during travelling which sends a lot of messages to your brain. Your inner ear balance mechanisms feels different signals to those that your eyes are seeing which then sends your brain mixed, confusing messages. This then causes the symptoms of nausea, sweating, drooling saliva, headaches, feeling cold and going pale. Motion sickness is a curse if you’re someone who cannot live without travelling yet fall sick at the get-go. We understand the feeling and are here to help you out!
These are just a few tips and tricks to keep the motion sickness at he utmost minimum!
#1 Avoid alcohol and spicy foods
Before you embark on your journey, make sure your meals are light instead of stuffing your face with some horribly spicy food and caffeine! The motion of the vehicle WILL amplify the feeling of your food churning in your stomach and that is not a fun feeling. Booze is a complete no no, before or while travelling. Also, keep yourself hydrated through out the journey by sipping on water at regular intervals.
#2 Keep a fixed gaze
When you’re travelling always try your best to book a seat where you know will be the least motion in the entire vessel. In a car, you should probably call shot gun before anyone tries taking the front passenger seat and in a ship or a boat, try to get a berth or seat as close to the centre point of the vessel as possible, because that area will experience the least amount of motion. While you’re at it, looking at the horizon will calm you down instead of staring at moving objects like cars or waves. Close your eyes if you feel the motion sickness continuing to kick in.
#3 Avoid reading while travelling
The problem with reading a book or magazine while travelling is that your eyes are focused on the words in the book, which aren’t moving, but your vestibular senses in your inner ears are picking up on all the movements caused by the vehicle and this conflicting information for the brain leads to feelings of disorientation, mild dizziness and nausea.
#4 Pop an over the counter pill
Drugs called antihistamines are the most frequently used and widely available medications for the symptoms of motion sickness. Antihistamines work by influencing the part of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting. Remember that the pill is only effective if taken before the journey and is completely redundant if you consume it after the sickness has already kicked in!
#5 Try out some ginger
If you’re sceptical about consuming non prescription drugs, ginger is a well known organic remedy relieving feelings of dizziness and nausea, in cases of pregnancy too. Half an hour before travelling, you could consume ginger as pill, fresh, pickled or as a candy. Studies show that the ginger spice is made from the underground rhizome of the ginger plant which cures most symptoms of motion sickness like nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
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