Healthy Tip Tuesday – 7 Ways to Prevent Motion Sickness

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Motion sickness is a constant battle for many, especially those who suffer from vertigo and balance issues. It can happen when driving in a car, taking an elevator, flying in an airplane or even being on a boat or cruiseship. The medical reasoning as to why this happens is because there can be a mismatch between what your eyes are seeing and what your inner ear (the body’s balance centre) sences when your moving. The results are usually the same – nausea, paleness, cold sweats and dizziness. This can be quite upsetting as travelling has increased in the past few years and when you need to get somewhere, there’s really no way to avoid it.

I know personally, with my vertigo issues I suffer from the symptoms mentioned above when in a car for long distances and when using an elevator. I’ve found a few ways to reduce the feelings of motion sickness however and found they really help, so I wanted to share them with you!

Here are 7 ways to prevent motion sickness before it starts:

  • Avoid eating heavy meals up to two hours before travelling, instead try eating or drinking something with anti-naesea effects like ginger tea.

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  • Don’t try to read when travelling – instead, look out the window at distant objects, or close your eyes.
  • In a car or bus, sit where you can see out the windshield and open a window for fresh air. Better yet, drive the car yourself and you won’t feel sick!
  • On a ship, be sure to get a cabin on the inside, near the waterline, where there’s less movement. When on deck, look ahead toward the horizon, which is stable.
  • In a plane, ask for a seat next to a bulkhead (wall) over the wings – it’ll make turbulence less noticeable.
  • Just in case the sickness can’t be avoided, try traveling with a leakproof container – resealable food bags are a good bet.
  • Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, if possible.

Have you tried any of these tips before? Do you have any other tips to prevent motion sickness?

xx HBL

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