Common causes of nausea | Prevention and remedies

Causes of nausea and treatment (Image via Unsplash/Kyle Glenn)
Causes of nausea and treatment (Image via Unsplash/Kyle Glenn)

Nutrition plays an important role in overall health, and there are several medical and nutritional causes of nausea. It's associated with uneasiness in the stomach and is often associated with vomiting. Nausea and vomiting are not diseases but symptoms of several medical and health conditions.

Usually, one can feel nauseated due to minor conditions like nutritional deficiencies, bowel issues, and exhaustion. Vomiting tendencies might or might not be associated with nausea. Fatigue and exhaustion are often related to these symptoms.

In this article, we list the common causes of nausea and bring you easy home remedies to manage them.


Causes of nausea: Remedies and treatment

Ginger might provide temporary relief from nausea in mild cases. (Image via Unsplash/Mockup Graphics)
Ginger might provide temporary relief from nausea in mild cases. (Image via Unsplash/Mockup Graphics)

In traditional medicine, there are several claimed remedies to manage nausea and vomiting. Supplementation with various micronutrients can help too. The following remedies have been found to be helpful in minor conditions:

  • Vitamin B6 supplements can help reduce abdominal pain and nausea. Multivitamins that contain vitamin B-complex and essential minerals can be helpful.
  • Pregnancy-related physiological changes are among the causes of nausea. Proper medical supervision is recommended.
  • Ginger extract, ginger tea, and ginger supplements can provide temporary relief from nausea and vomiting.
  • Meditation and yoga can help with stress-induced nausea.
  • Steam baths and other stress relief techniques can help too.

Management of these symptoms might vary depending on the cause of nausea, so proper diagnosis is very important before treatment.

It has to be kept in mind that the aforementioned remedies are only meant for instant relief and should not be considered as medical advice. If you experience nausea often, consult a registered medical professional for proper treatment and management.


Can stress cause nausea?

Nausea is a common symptom of many illnesses (Image via Unsplash/Raj)
Nausea is a common symptom of many illnesses (Image via Unsplash/Raj)

Psychological stress is associated with several related physical and mental health issues.

Symptoms usually vary from person to person depending on their stress level. Stress is among the most common causes of nausea. People with panic issues usually experience vomiting and discomfort.

Stressful situations might trigger vomiting tendencies and can be managed easily using home remedies. Chronic stress, though, can cause serious and multiple symptoms, including nausea and headaches. Try to reduce stress by incorporating simple techniques such as:

  • Getting adequate sleep and sleeping on time.
  • Reducing usage of smartphones and other gadgets.
  • Getting adequate rest after work.
  • Following a balanced diet that includes whole and fresh foods.
  • Avoiding junk food and fast food.
  • Taking break from work if you feel exhausted.

Stress relief techniques usually help reduce occurrence of stress-induced nausea and vomiting. Nausea can also be associated with severe conditions like cancer, heart attacks, and ulcers.


Does anxiety cause nausea?

Anxiety can trigger nausea and vomiting (Image via Unsplash/Elisa Ventur)
Anxiety can trigger nausea and vomiting (Image via Unsplash/Elisa Ventur)

Anxiety disorders are among the most common causes of nausea and vomiting. In mild conditions, it can be managed with home remedies but can turn severe if left untreated.

Chronic anxiety and related disorders must be dealt with by a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Anxiety can cause blood pressure and heart rate to rise. Emotional stress and depression can also cause nausea during distressing situations.

Causes of nausea are also associated with other mental illnesses and should be managed accordingly.


Does constipation cause nausea?

Constipation is seldom considered among the causes of nausea and is usually associated with stomach pain and discomfort.

Constipation can occur due to lack of proper hydration, reduced gut flora, and damaged intestinal lining. Mineral deficiencies may also be associated with nausea and vomiting tendencies.

People with chronic constipation often feel nauseated throughout the day. Other conditions, like stomach infections, are also among the causes of nausea.


Sudden vomiting causes

Sudden vomiting can be caused by anxiety caused by stressful situations. Certain medications are also among the causes of nausea.

Strong medications are also associated with these symptoms. Certain types of food, like bitter food, can also make people nauseated. Morning sickness during pregnancy is among the major causes of nausea as well.


Indranil Biswas is a nutritionist and personal trainer with a diploma in dietetics and personal training with a specialization in sports nutrition and strength training.


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