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Nausea is a distressful sensation that usually occurs in upper gastrointestinal tract (stomach and/or small intestine) that may be accompanied by vomiting. Nausea is not an illness per se, but a possible sign of overeating, food poisoning, parasites, inner ear disorders, excess alcohol consumption, or the flu. It can also be a sign of pregnancy, especially in the first trimester.

What To Consider

Nausea can also be due to a lack of digestive enzymes and/or a toxic colon. Toxins in the liver can also trigger nausea attacks, as can anxiety and emotional stress. All of these potential underlying causes must be screened for and addressed in cases of prolonged nausea.


Excessive intake of zinc in particular or too many vitamins and minerals at one time can cause nausea. To reduce the risk of this happening, take your supplements with your meals unless directed otherwise and limit your zinc intake to 30 mg per day.

Self-Care Tips

Eat smaller, more frequent meals and avoid processed fats. During an attack of nausea, nibbling whole-grain crackers or sipping lemon water can be helpful. To avoid nausea as a result of eating, avoid aspartame, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and all foods that contain chemical additives. Also avoid eating raw fish, as this can often lead to parasites. In addition, assess your risk of food allergies and avoid all foods to which you may be allergic or sensitive.

Nutritional Supplementation
Vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, and magnesium are useful nutrients for treating nausea.

Put a drop of peppermint oil on the tongue at the first sign of a nausea attack. This will often stop it from progressing or prevent it from becoming serious.

Flower Essences
Rescue Remedy® is excellent for nausea due to anxiety or emotional stress.

Chamomile, ginger, and peppermint teas are all excellent herbal remedies for nausea.

Useful homeopathic remedies include Ipecac., Nux vom., Pulsatilla, Calc fluor., Colchicum, and Arsen alb.

Splashing your face with water or covering it with a warm towel can speed relief of nausea symptoms.


If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional.

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