7 Tips to Avoid Nausea
Nausea can be a very real side effect for patients on certain chemo drugs and for those receiving radiation to the abdomen. Like most things, the effects vary in intensity.
In addition to taking your anti-nausea medications as prescribed, here are some food ‘tricks’ you can try to help alleviate some of the discomfort.
• Don’t let your stomach get empty…that can make nausea worse! Try eating something bland, such as crackers or mashed potatoes, every 2-3 hours.
• Be sure to have some food in your stomach prior to drinking. Sometimes liquid hitting an empty, already nauseated stomach can make it worse.
• If you find that the smell of warm food triggers nausea for you, let food cool down to room temperature – or choose foods such as sandwiches, salads, yogurt, cottage cheese, crackers and peanut butter – to help eliminate those smells.
• Peppermint and ginger have soothing qualities to nauseated stomachs. Try sucking on peppermints, drinking peppermint or ginger tea, eating a few ginger snaps or preparing foods with ginger root.
• If smells associated with cooking bother you, try utilizing cooking methods that will limit smells, such as grilling.
• Limit or avoid foods that are very sweet, fatty, greasy or spicy, as they can all cause nausea to flare up.
• If you do vomit, wait about 30 minutes after vomiting and then take sips of clear liquids such as juice, broth, sports drinks, lemon-lime soda or bites of popsicles or gelatin in order to prevent dehydration.