By Margo Woods, DSc, Emily Potts, MSc, and Joan Connors, DMin, RD
Nausea may be caused by infection or medications. Here are some ideas for the nutritional management of nausea:
- Keep something in your stomach; eat something small every 1-2 hour.
- Eat bland, low-fat foods: bananas, rice, oatmeal, toast, plain pasta, canned fruit, hard candies, ginger ale, canned chicken/tuna, plain baked potato, clear-broth canned soups.
- Drink liquids separately from solid food, with at least 30 minutes apart.
- Focus on lukewarm or cold foods to limit the smell factor—hot food smells stronger and can trigger nausea.
- Also try lemons, salty, starchy foods, extra ginger sprinkled in ginger ale, ginger snaps.
- Avoid lying down flat after eating.
- Eating something small before getting out of bed.
- Avoid foods such as:
- Fatty, greasy, or fried foods
- Very sweet foods (candy, cookies, or cake)
- Spicy foods
- Foods with strong odors
- Hot temperature foods
If nausea persists, check with your doctor.