Don’t you hate it when you have to travel somewhere and motion sickness kicks in?
Your face turns white like a ghost, and you don’t know how to grab the barf bag faster.
Like that’s not embarrassing enough, you could also experience:
- Cold sweats
- A headache
- Increased salivation
- Balance problems
Unfortunately, many people suffer from this condition. When my wife was pregnant, I could barely take her to her doctor’s appointment – that’s how sick she felt.
But, what causes motion sickness in the first place?
Your inner ear is responsible for sound detection and balance.
When there is a miscommunication between your inner ear and the brain, motion sickness is triggered.
So, if you cannot see the motion your body’s feeling, or, if you cannot feel the motion your eyes perceive, then your brain will get mixed signals, and you’ll suffer from motion sickness.
Are you more at risk?
However, some people are more prone to motion sickness than others:
- Pregnant or menstruating women
- Children (between 2 and 12)
- Teenagers with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
- Adults who are prone to migraines
- People with inner ear infections
- People who suffer from Meniere’s disease (a disorder of the inner ear).
What to do to avoid Motion Sickness?
Luckily, there are a few prevention tips that can benefit you greatly.
I advise you to try one at a time and figure out what works best for you.
- Before traveling, make sure you eat a light meal. Don’t eat greasy, fatty, and spicy meals for a day or two before travel.
- Try to breathe fresh air as much as possible. If you can’t (you’re in a plane or on a boat) then you could either direct air vents towards your face or carry a fan to create your breeze.
- If you travel by car, I recommend you ride in the front seat of the vehicle. If you travel by boat, I recommend either standing at the railing and getting plenty of fresh air or sitting as close to the ground as possible. If you travel by plane, choose the sits near the wings.
- Keep your eyes focused on the horizon.
- Listen to music because it will provide a sense of relaxation.
Of course, there are anti-motion sickness drugs on the market.
But they are riddled with toxic substances and have a mile-long list of side effects.
Anti-Motion Sickness Natural Remedies
However, there are some natural remedies and tricks that you can try and see which one works best for you.
- Drink chamomile tea to settle your nausea and boost relaxation.
- Take 250 milligrams of ginger three times a day in advance of travel (Use cautiously if you are taking blood-thinners.).
- Drink organic peppermint tea or take a high-quality peppermint tablet two to three times per day while traveling.
- A few days before you travel, take at least 100 milligrams of Vitamin B-6, twice each day.
- Apply acupressure or elasticized bands on your wrist to prevent or delay the onset of symptoms.
If you think that you can distract yourself from motion sickness symptoms by playing video games, watching high-definition movies, scrolling on smartphones or tablets, or engage with virtual reality technologies, then I have some bad news. You can’t. You’re making matters worse.
Do you know other tricks to keep motion sickness at bay?
Tell me in the comment section below.
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To your health!