Travel or motion sickness is a condition characterized by vomiting, headaches, dizziness, or nausea when the sufferer travels in a car, plane, train, or boat. When riding on a boat, the condition is usually referred to as seasickness, but this is the same disorder as travel sickness. Both children and adults can experience this condition, but its symptoms can vary from mild dizziness to severe vomiting episodes.
Causes of motion sickness
Travel sickness is caused by motion, specifically when there is a contradiction in the messages sent via the inner ear and the eyes to the brain. Once the defense mechanism in the brain is triggered, it concludes that some kind of toxin is present and must be expelled from the body, hence the nausea. When the brain overloads from all the fast-moving visual information, the problem becomes out of control, and that’s when vomiting occurs. But the good news is, there are some natural ways you can control or even beat this disorder. To enjoy a healthy travel experience without the nausea, take note of the following six suggestions:
1. Don’t travel on an empty stomach
Traveling on an empty stomach can make you more prone to travel sickness. Around one hour before traveling, try to eat a light snack, such as peanut butter on toast, a sandwich, or some crackers. Eating a light meal or snack can help settle your stomach and make you less likely to vomit. Make sure you eat every few hours during your trip to keep food in your stomach.
2 Sit in the right place
Choosing where you sit is very important as the less movement you feel, the less you are likely to get sick. As a car passenger, choose the front seat rather than the back. On a train, sit next to the window facing forward. On a bus, always sit on the lower level not the upper level. On a ship, sit near the middle part of the vessel, not at the edge. And finally, on a plane, try to sit in the middle, not next to the window.
3. Wear a Pericardium 6 point wristband
To prevent nausea caused by travel sickness, wearing a Pericardium 6 point wristband applies pressure to a specific spot on the wrist. Although there have been only a few studies conducted on the effectiveness of this type of medical intervention at treating nausea, it is still worth considering this option. If you forget to take your wristband with you, just press on your wrist using your thumb.
4. Consume ginger
Eating ginger-flavored sweets or drinking cold ginger tea is an effective way of preventing nausea and easing digestion, as supported by scientific studies. There are also other forms of ginger products, including supplements, ginger ale, ginger biscuits, and ginger nuts. You can even chew on a raw piece of ginger during your journey.
5. Look to the distance
To avoid the symptoms of travel sickness, it’s wise not to read a book or use your mobile phone during your trip. Looking downwards will only make you more susceptible to nausea or dizziness. It is, therefore, best to look into the distance and focus on a specific point on the horizon if possible.
6. Chew gum
Last but not least, chewing a peppermint gum will help produce more saliva, thus helping to alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness. You should ideally chew gum after eating a light snack.
If all else fails, consider taking medication for a more comfortable and healthy travel experience. There are over-the-counter medicines for travel sickness that must be taken at least 15 minutes before traveling. If you suffer from severe motion sickness and you’re going on a long-distance trip, you should consider consulting a doctor for a prescription patch to place behind your ear. You might also want to consider trying homeopathy remedies as a natural and safe alternative to ease your symptoms.