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Tips for Avoiding Motion Sickness

By Randi Morse 

The frustration that occurs when you try to go on a trip only to deal with severe motion sickness can completely ruin your day. What's the point of planning a fantastic vacation getaway when all you do is feel yucky the whole trip? Motion sickness can hit anyone, any gender, any age. While it is more common in children, particularly those ages 2 to 12, no one is completely immune from it. Here are a few tips that can help you handle motion sickness the next time you're traveling. 

Watch how much you eat in drink - Heavy foods can make you feel sick easier, as can alcohol consumption. If you are prone to motion sickness, it's a good idea to eat light snacks and meals. Try to eat four to five meals a day rather than only eating two or three. Spreading the food out, and making it lighter, puts less stress on your stomach, which makes it easier to avoid the nauseating symptoms of motion sickness. Excessive alcohol can also be rough on the stomach and may exacerbate nausea. 

Watch where you sit - If you're on an airplane, it's important to choose the seat that has the least motion, which would be directly over the wing of the airplane. That section of the plane experiences turbulence the least, which will lessen your motion sickness symptoms. If you are on a ship, try getting a cabin that is near the center of the ship, away from the exterior, and at a lower level. These cabins may not have the best view, but they experience less movement, and who can enjoy a beautiful oceanic view if you're constantly feeling ill? 

Watch what you're doing - There are a few very simple things you can do to help prevent motion sickness, starting with avoiding reading. Your brain and eyes don't quite know how to handle reading when you are moving. The motion you're experiencing confuses your brain and can easily make you nauseated. Also make sure you watch how you sit. If you sit in the back seat of the car, you are likely going to be much more prone to motion sickness than if you sit in the front seat of the car. 

When all these tricks fail and you're dealing with some serious motion sickness, try to get some fresh air. If you can roll down a window, or open a vent, the fresh air can help calm your body and bridge you of motion sickness symptoms. If all else fails, there are some pharmaceutical options that may help battle back motion sickness.  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.

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