Exploring the high seas is exciting – but not so much for those who suffer from seasickness.
From avoiding particular foods to being strategic about where your cabin is located on board, Dr Ryan Harvey from House Call Doctor shares some of his tried and tested methods to quell queasiness.
“It’s important to remember everyone reacts differently to various remedies, so what works for someone else might not work for you,” he flags. “The best way to determine which remedies to try is by doing some research and seeing which ones work for you. If you are concerned, consult with your regular GP for further advice.”
1. Equalise your senses
When you’re experiencing seasickness, one of the best tips is to equalise your sensory systems.
“The best way to do this is by lying down, though it can also help to keep your gaze on a fixed point or looking out at the horizon,” Dr Harvey suggests.
After a few moments you should feel your nausea subside, he advises.
2. Avoid particular foods
It might seem obvious but if you’re prone to seasickness, it’s wise to be wary of what you eat and drink.
“Try to avoid excessive alcohol, smoking, or foods you know usually ‘don’t agree with you’,” Dr Harvey explains. “It can also be helpful to avoid foods that typically make you feel full, are spicy, or are rich in fats as they can worsen signs of motion sickness for some.”
3. Prevention is better than a cure
A little preparation can never hurt. While we know that ginger is great for preventing motion sickness and an unsettled stomach, Dr Harvey recommends consuming ginger before setting sail.
“There are many ways to ingest ginger including drinking ginger-infused tea or simply adding it to your cooking,” he says.
Request a cabin in the middle of the ship
When it comes to seasickness, location truly does matter and Dr Harvey suggests requesting a cabin in the middle of the ship.
“The lower level cabins and those in the middle of the ship tend to have less motion than upper levels,” he reveals. “Also, depending on the ship you’re travelling on, you may be able to request a room with a window, so you can have a view of the horizon to steady your senses.”
5. Snack on light foods
If you’re feeling seasick, eating is probably the last thing you want to do but Dr Harvey says it’s important to do so to help settle your stomach.
“Rather than eating large meals, try eating light snacks such as crackers or plain bread so you don’t have an empty stomach,” he explains. “If you’re finding this too difficult, you can also try sipping on drinks such as ginger ale and lemonade, or sucking on an ice cube.”
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