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Remedies to fight seasickness

For those who find it difficult to stomach the sea, here’s how you can deal with motion sickness and keep the fun barometer high

Only those who suffer from seasickness know what a killjoy they can be at a cruise party. Motion sickness, as it is commonly known, is a condition where a person experiences nausea, vomiting, and in extreme cases, vertigo, while on a watercraft. So, before you give that cruise party a miss, here’s how you can beat the problem…

 

PRECAUTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

If you are prone to seasickness and have to attend a cruise wedding, first of all take care of your diet, advises Dr JM Hans, ENT surgeon and vertigo expert, Adiva Hospitals. He suggests, “Start managing your diet at least a week before boarding. Avoid acidic, spicy or fatty foods and also stay away from alcohol during this time. A light meal and ginger tea are helpful. You can use a motion sickness patch behind your ear, four hours before boarding and can change if necessary after 72 hours. Always consult your doctor before planning any such trip, so that you can carry necessary medicines. Acupressure bracelets and relief bands can also be used to avoid the problem as they have no side-effects.”

HOME REMEDIES

One of the simplest home remedies is sucking on an ice cube, which helps to calm your stomach and prevent the feeling of queasiness.

 

DIET-WISE

Always have easily digestible snacks such as dry crackers, fruits, lime water or oatmeal. Consuming peppermint helps in preventing nausea. Also, have herbal tea and apple juice before departure as that helps in settling your stomach.

 

IN SERIOUS CASES OF SEASICKNESS

One of the most advised treatments for seasickness is acupuncture, and the second is habituation method—the process of developing tolerance to something the more you are exposed to it. Also there are medicines available in the market to prevent such problems.

KEEP IN MIND

DOS:

  • Salty and spicy are your saviours here. Nibble on pickles or chaat masala or flavoured fruits to decrease the nausea
  • Keep nibbling every 2-3 hours on something. Salt-coated dried ginger is a great choice. An empty stomach will make you feel more sick
  • Seasickness in most cases is a psychological condition. Breathing exercises in open air work best
  • Stay on the lower decks and away from other sick fellow passengers

 

DON’TS:

  • Avoid reading or browsing on your computer, mobile and other devices, while on board. Any activity that requires concentration can worsen seasickness for you
  • Don’t drink too many fluids
  • Avoid sugar, desserts, tea, coffee, green tea. These can make you feel more acidic. Instead, sip on lime-flavoured electoral water
  • Don’t exercise on a sick stomach, you won’t feel any better. Go for a light walk if you feel gaseous

 

Inputs by Tripti Gupta , lifestyle nutrition consultant, Ipink

 

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