Nutrition Guidelines for Nausea & Vomiting
Nausea is an uncomfortable, unsettling sensation in the stomach that is often accompanied by vomiting.
A number of health conditions may give rise to nausea, including seasickness, chemotherapy, pregnancy, and AIDS/HIV (both the infections caused by AIDS/HIV and the treatments used to combat the disease commonly produce nausea).
Whether or not it is accompanied by vomiting, nausea is also a frequent side effect of chemotherapy and other drug therapies. In some instances sights and/or odors may cause nausea or nausea and vomiting.
If you suffer from nausea or nausea and vomiting that is severe or long-lasting (longer than a week), you should consult your doctor.
But if your symptoms are relatively mild, the simple dietary and behavioral tips listed below may help to relieve your discomfort. Information about alternative therapies for nausea or nausea and vomiting, including the use of specific herbal/natural remedies, is also provided.
Dietary Tips for Nausea & Vomiting
The following diet-related tips may help to prevent or relieve nausea, including nausea that is accompanied by vomiting:
Note: You may need to sit upright for 10-20 minutes following eating in order to prevent gastric reflux.
Behavioral Tips for Nausea & Vomiting
Try the following behavioral strategies to prevent or relieve nausea, including nausea that is accompanied by vomiting:
Alternative Therapy for Nausea & Vomiting
Complementary and alternative therapy comprise a wide variety of practices and treatments, including the use of herbal preparations and of vitamin and mineral supplements.
Whether you are a patient or a caregiver, you should be aware that many treatments have not been thoroughly researched and scrutinized for safety and efficacy.
Although some complementary therapies (acupuncture for nausea, for example) have been shown to be safe and efficacious, others (the use of some individual herbs and supplements, high-dose vitamin and mineral regimens, and radical diets) have brought about toxic side effects.
If you prefer alternative therapies, or if you believe that you have exhausted the available therapies of conventional medicine, the information that follows may be helpful to you.
The therapies presented here, however, are by no means intended to replace standard, appropriate medical attention and treatment.
Herbal/Natural Products for Nausea & Vomiting
The table below provides information about herbal/natural products that may be helpful if you are experiencing nausea or nausea and vomiting.
Note: You should use alternative therapies to treat a specific health condition only after you have received an accurate diagnosis from a qualified doctor or other medical professional.
Remember that good health depends on proper medical care.
Caution: In some cases herbal/natural products may interact negatively with other medications. Such interactions can be dangerous. Herbal/natural remedies are not regulated and their quality is not controlled. Moreover, although an abundant supply of information about alternative treatments and remedies is currently circulating, little of it has been scientifically validated.
Consult your doctor before using any herbal/natural remedy, and remember always to make your doctor and pharmacist aware of any therapeutic products you are using. Your doctor and pharmacist can assist you in determining which herbal/natural products are safe to use with the drugs you are taking. Do not treat infants or children with herbal/natural remedies without a qualified doctor's approval and guidance.
Warning: If you are pregnant and are experiencing morning sickness, ginger is the only herbal/natural product of those listed below that is safe to use to try to relieve your discomfort.
Table 1. Herbal/natural products commonly used in the treatment of nausea or nausea & vomiting.
Nutritional Supplements for Nausea & Vomiting
Whether or not your nausea is accompanied by vomiting, taking nutritional supplements may help both to relieve your discomfort and to meet your body's needs. Nutritional supplements most often come in capsules, pills, and tablets. The following section provides guidelines for recommended daily nutritional supplementation during periods of nausea.
Vitamins & Minerals
The daily dose provided for the vitamin in the table below is recommended specifically for people experiencing nausea or nausea and vomiting.
Table 2. Common vitamin treatment for nausea or nausea & vomiting.
Note: Units for nutritional supplements may be given by weight; generally in milligrams (mg) or micrograms (mcg) or by biological activity, which is measured in international units (IU). Use care when comparing products to ensure that the units are identical.
The above opinionated views and information serves to educated and informed consumer . The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. It should not replaced professional advise and consultation. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions
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