The sensation which is associated with the feeling of swinging, swaying, falling or loss of balance, especially when using a particular mode of transport is referred to as motion sickness. The mode of transport can be either riding in a car, airplane, boat or train.
However, some people may experience motion sickness merely by walking along the footpath or watching an action film on a large movie screen.
What Are The Causes Of Motion Sickness?
The cause for the onset of the condition is not clearly understood. Some experts believe that it can be genetic in origin. The primary cause for motion sickness is the imbalance in the inner ear (vestibule).
The fluid in the vestibule helps the body maintain a sense of space and position. This helps the brain to track the movement of the body.
However, during an imbalance, contradictory information from the eyes and vestibule result in sensation of motion sickness.
Home Remedies To Prevent Motion Sickness
Home remedies typically comprise of lifestyle modifications, dietary correction and natural remedies.
- When traveling always carry crackers or fresh fruit juices. Consume these easily digestible foods every couple of hours. These foods will keep the blood sugar regulated and prevent giddiness. Also, you are more likely to suffer from nausea and vomiting on an empty stomach.
- Ginger is considered to be the most effective herbal remedy for motion sickness. One study has indicated that ginger is more effective compared to over the counter medications for lightheadedness. Add freshly crushed ginger flakes in a pot of water. Heat the mixture till it boils. Once it cools, add half a spoon of maple syrup or honey for sweetening it. Carry this drink with you, especially when expecting to travel a long distance.
- Lozenges and candies will alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting, especially while traveling. Sucking on candies will not only regulate gastrointestinal motility, but will also divert your attention and prevent queasiness. Alternatively, aroma therapists recommend adding a drop of peppermint oil on your handkerchief and smelling on it when traveling.
- Sip tea or warm water during the travel. Experts suggest warm beverages are more effective to prevent nausea than cold water. Avoid caffeinated drinks.
- Consume low fat foods prior to leaving for a trip. Low fat food is easier to digest and also helps stabilize the stomach while traveling through a bumpy road.
- Avoid standing, especially when you feel giddy or nauseated. Sitting down will help stabilize the internal systems by improving blood circulation to the brain and stomach. This will alleviate the symptoms.
- Selecting the right seat during traveling is important. On a plane, select an aisle seat in the center of the plane; while in a train opt for a seat towards the front. In a car, sit in the front seat and ask for a cabin in the centre of a ship vessel. This reduces the chances of wobbling during the travel.
- Always face forward while traveling i.e. look in the direction you are traveling.
- Avoid reading a book or playing a game on your mobile. This will increase the possibility of you feeling giddy or nauseated.