Managing Motion Sickness

Nothing ruins a day on the water faster than motion sickness, that feeling of uneasiness, nausea, cold sweats, dizziness, and/or vomiting that can be brought on by the motion of cars, trains, planes, boats, or any other form of transportation — including elevators and bungee jumping!

Research conducted on a cruise ship involving nearly 1,500 people found that ginger was as effective at combating motion sickness as prescription medications. Another study conducted by NASA showed that ginger was as effective as a placebo at reducing simulated motion sickness. New studies show that it also relieves nausea and stomach discomfort caused by pregnancy.

Because of its blood-thinning properties, ginger should not be used two weeks before or after surgery. Also, if you are taking blood-thinning medication such as warfarin (Coumadin), you should not take ginger because it interferes with blood clotting and prolongs bleeding time.

Juicing for Motion Sickness

Use the following tips for easing queasiness, nausea, and vomiting:

Make fresh fruit or vegetable juices with ginger.

Avoid spicy foods, spices, and alcohol, which may further upset your stomach.

Mint can help ease motion sickness, so trying incorporating fresh peppermint or spearmint into your homemade juices.

Consume less acidic fruits (apples, bananas, pears, grapes, melons, etc.)instead of acidic ones like oranges and grapefruit. Milk, water, apple juice, cranberry juice and other low acid beverages are also easier on your stomach.

Avoid caffeine, including soft drinks, which are diuretics and accelerate dehydration. The gas in carbonated beverages can also cause indigestion.

Drink plenty of water. Partial dehydration lowers your body's resistance to motion sickness.

In addition, avoid greasy or acidic foods and caffeine for several hours before motion. Heavy, greasy foods like waffles or pancakes with syrup combined with acidic juices like orange juice can wreak havoc on your system and end up going overboard as lunch for the fish.

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