The uneasy feeling we experience with an upset stomach due to motion sickness, infections, and other nasty “bugs” can kick us down.
Most of the time, nausea symptoms are only temporary and we can get on with our day.
What if we feel nauseous all day and it happens every day? Should we take it seriously? Could it be an underlying condition that requires attention? It is important to know the cause of your nausea and then find the available treatment for nausea.
10 Causes: Why You Are Nauseous All Day
Many times, nausea can be explained by various causes, such as the stomach flu or motion sickness. While these usually do not require a visit to the doctor, there are other causes that may result, or be a result of, a more serious condition.
1. Stress and Anxiety
If you are under stress at home or at work, or are experiencing anxiety over an upcoming task, your stomach may become queasy.
When you are feeling fear, stress, or anxiety, your body produces extra adrenaline to deal with the underlying emotional turmoil. The adrenaline can cause disaccord with the acids and enzymes and the natural functions of the stomach and intestines.
In most cases, the nausea from fear will be temporary; however, any nausea from stress or anxiety may continue until the causes of these two disorders are controlled. This may warrant professional advice.
2. Eating Disorders
Depending on the reason for an eating disorder, especially overeating, nausea may be treatable at home. If the issue can be resolved with natural or over-the-counter treatments, you may still want to seek medical attention if it continues. An eating disorder could very well be an underlying symptom of a major health concern, be it physical or mental.
3. Food Poisoning
If you are nauseous all day, you may be experiencing food poisoning caused by bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, or listeria. Your nausea will be accompanied by fever, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, and possibly even vomiting. Seek medical attention, and be sure to rest and keep hydrated, even if it is with ice chips.
A common cause of feeling nauseated all day is from consuming too much alcohol the previous night. Rest and plenty of water are the usual treatments as a hangover must run its course, so to speak.
5. Food Allergy
Similar to the feeling of having food poisoning, people experiencing intolerance to a particular food will feel nauseated and may experience vomiting. It may also be brought on by a change in the diet. A health professional can help you discover the cause without having to try various diet changes.
This is a very first-thought for many women experiencing a sudden burst of daytime nausea, especially if they feel fine otherwise. In the early stages of pregnancy, the feeling of nausea, also called morning sickness, can be experienced any time of the day, though oftentimes in the morning. Vomiting may or may not follow the stomach discomfort. The reason behind this phenomenon is linked to a lack of vitamin B6, hormonal changes, and estrogens, according to some studies. Most severe cases are only treated with natural treatments in order not to affect the fetus.
Certain prescribed and over-the-counter drugs can irritate the lining in your stomach resulting in a constant feeling of nausea. This includes pain relievers like codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone. Supplements with iron and potassium can also cause an upset stomach as can aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications. Do not stop taking your medications. Discuss your nausea with your doctor.
Nausea with a severe headache and sensitivity to light usually points to a migraine. Sometimes vomiting can follow. The queasiness is caused by the autonomic nervous system response to the pain. You may need to see your doctor if it continues or if you feel nauseous all day coupled with the other symptoms of a migraine.
9. Organ Inflammation
Continuous nausea can be a sign of an inflamed gall bladder, pancreas, or appendix. With the nausea, if you have pain in the upper abdomen region, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Chronic nausea is one of the symptoms of various abdominal disorders such as peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome. There is no cure for gastroparesis. Fortunately, there are treatments for the nausea.
Natural Ways to Treat Nausea
If your nausea is mild and does not require medical treatment, there are several things you can do at home to help relieve the feeling. If you’re curious about how to treat nausea at home, here are some of the best and easiest ways.
Ginger is one of the best remedies for nausea, whether raw, in tea, or even ginger ale. It has phenols to relax the stomach muscles and calm the irritated tissue as it neutralizes the acidity with the body’s enzymes.
To make ginger tea, peel and slice one ginger root into small pieces and cover with wax paper. Crush into very small pieces and add two to three cups of boiling water. Boil for three to five minutes before enjoying.
To make ginger ale, place two cups of peeled and rough-cut gingerroot and three to four strips of lemon peel in a saucepan with four cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir in 1/2 to one cup of sugar, bringing it to a boil for 15 minutes. Strain and chill the syrup until cold. Mix ne cup of sugar, bringing it to a boil for 15 minutes. S if desired.
Using the ancient Chinese tradition of acupressure, you can trigger a release of chemicals within your body to relax muscle tension and promote blood circulation.
Hold one hand out with fingers pointing up and palm facing you. Use your other hand to position the first three fingers across the wrist. Placing your thumb below your index finger, where you will feel two large tendons. Apply gentle circular pressure to this area for two to three minutes whenever you feel nauseous. This is known as the P6 point or inner gate. Repeat on the other hand.
3. Milk Toast
The most common foods to help an upset stomach are milk, which coats your stomach, and bread, which absorbs acid. Sometimes dairy or the thought of it is too harsh, so we present milk toast. This is a remedy mainly for nausea associated with over-the-counter pain medications. Heat one cup of milk until hot but not boiling. Pour the milk into a bowl and add broken-up pieces of buttered toast. Eat slowly allowing your stomach to digest.
To compensate for pain in the neck and upper back region, your stomach can become upset and nausea can set in. Simple exercises can relieve the nausea. For your back, lay on the floor facing down. Lift your upper body to allow your back to arch as you tilt your head back.
For your neck, tilt your head forward to have your chin touch your chest. Hold for 15 seconds. Tilt your head to one side as if your ear is touching your shoulder. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
5. Fresh Lemon
The aroma of a fresh lemon can curb nausea while releasing a sense of calm over you. Slice a lemon into pieces and place it near you as you rest. If you can withstand it, sip on fresh lemon juice in water or suck on a piece of the lemon for fast relief.
Being nauseous all day can interfere in your daily activities, especially if severe or accompanied by vomiting. In many situations, it can be treated with various home remedies and does not require a trip to the doctor’s office. There are cases that do need immediate medical attention, especially if accompanied by certain symptoms. In addition to the natural treatments listed, try not to mentally dwell on the thought of your nausea. For some, it can worsen the feeling of nausea, particularly if you hold a fear of vomiting—it can be mind over matter for some.
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