Nausea

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.