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In times of acute stress, my body has one of two responses: pass out or throw up. I appear to have no instincts for fight or flight — just flounder.
While my fainting can happen with very little warning (I’ve done it on public transportation, at work, and once on a first date), my nausea is more of a slow burn. If I’m concerned about a project, nervous about a meeting, or worried about a friend, I will feel sick for hours, days, or even longer. I know it’s not uncommon — but why does it happen? And in times of continued stress, like the last 15 months have been, how can I get it under control?
“We tend to think of emotions as being all in our heads, but emotions can trigger real physiological changes in our bodies,” said Dr. Harika Pal, a family-medicine physician with Parsley Health. “Think about how nerves can make your palms sweat or your heart race — it’s mental, but you feel it physically.” There’s a connection between the mind and gut, she adds, with a particular link between the brain and digestion.
Essentially, this all harks back to our cave-dwelling days. “Nausea is a result of our sympathetic nervous systems ramping up and firing off more adrenaline to get us ready for a fight,” explained Dr. Pal. “When we perceive a threat, our emotions trigger our neurotransmitters, which in turn trigger many organs, not just the brain.” Individual responses vary, of course; some people, like myself, feel this kind of anxiety nausea acutely. But for others, it’s barely noticeable, or manifests itself through different symptoms, like restlessness.
Aside from being unpleasant, long-term or intermittent nausea can compound itself if it affects your appetite. If I feel sick and can’t eat much, then I feel even worse, and the cycle continues. In cases like that, Dr. Pal recommends examining the anxiety rather than trying to force food. “It’s more about what triggered you in the first place. Were you running on fumes all day, and have lots of adrenaline coursing through your system? Maybe you’re just so ramped up, you can’t really register your appetite. ”
This process of calming down could be as simple as taking a few moments to breathe deeply, or speaking to a friend or loved one, she explains. When I asked her if certain foods are better to consume when stressed, she said to eat what you can, but that tackling anxiety should bring back your regular appetite soon enough.
Dr. Pal also pointed out that symptoms of stress can linger after a stressor is resolved, or when something seems like it shouldn’t be such a big deal. I can relate to this: Sometimes, when a busy week is finally over and I know I should relax, I still can’t wind down. In those moments, according to Dr. Pal, it’s far better to recognize what’s happening and let my brain and body process the events of the day than it is to try to ignore the signs and push them away.
If you’re concerned about your nausea, or it starts to disrupt your food intake regularly, Dr. Pal recommends reaching out to a doctor. “For most people, you shouldn’t be feeling nausea on a day-to-day basis. A small bout connected to a particular moment of stress and anxiety is understandable, but if it’s becoming a regular thing, speak to your health provider.”
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Tips to Help You Feel Better During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, there can be times when you don’t feel well. You may experience nausea and vomiting, heartburn, constipation, a decrease in appetite or swelling in your feet and ankles. Below are some tips to help you manage or avoid some of these uncomfortable feelings.
Nausea and vomiting and pregnancy
Over half of all women suffer from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Feeling sick is most likely caused by changes in your body such as high levels of hormones in your blood. Nausea and vomiting usually go away after the first trimester. For some women it can last longer, sometimes until the end of pregnancy.
Don’t worry if you can’t eat well for a few weeks. This will not harm you or your baby. Do your best to get enough fluids and eat foods that appeal to you when you feel hungry.
Get help from your dietitian or health care provider if you are so sick that you miss meals day after day or you are losing weight very quickly.
To help you cope:
- Eat small, frequent meals and snacks. Try to eat every two hours so that your stomach does not become empty.
- Choose high protein meals and snacks. Try pita with hummus, cheese and crackers, a small bowl of rice and beans, or yogurt with granola.
- Take small sips of fluid often during the day. Try to avoid cold, tart or sweet drinks like juice, fruit drinks or lemonade.
- Keep foods and drinks separate. Avoid drinking fluids just before, during or right after a meal.
- Keep crackers at your bedside. Eat a few crackers and rest for 15 minutes before getting out of bed.
- Use ginger. Try fresh or ground ginger, ginger ale or ginger tea. You can also take ginger capsules in doses up to 250 mg four times a day. Larger amounts may not be safe. Choose a product with a Natural Product Number (NPN).
If these changes are not enough to help you feel better, talk to your health care provider about medications or other treatments such as acupressure or acupuncture.
What about my prenatal multivitamin?
If you feel that your prenatal multivitamin makes your symptoms worse, do not stop taking it. Try taking your multivitamin with food or just before bed. Ask your dietitian or health care provider to suggest pills that are smaller or have less iron (since iron supplements may make you feel worse).
If this does not help, take a folic acid supplement (0.4 to 1.0 mg) by itself until you feel better.
Heartburn and pregnancy
The pressure of your growing baby and hormone changes can cause heartburn. Get tips to help you cope with heartburn here.
Do not use antacids without talking to your health care provider first. Not all antacids are safe while you are pregnant.
Constipation and pregnancy
Food passes through your body more slowly while you are pregnant so you can absorb the extra nutrients that you and your baby need. This may cause you to become constipated.
To help you manage:
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drink at least 2.3 litres (9 and a half cups) of fluids like water, milk, juice, soup and caffeine-free coffee and tea. Warm or hot fluids may be especially helpful.
- Eat more high fibre foods. You need at least 28 grams of fibre per day while you are pregnant. Add high fibre foods slowly to your diet to avoid gas, bloating, cramps and diarrhea. Try these high fibre meal and snack ideas.
- Have prunes, pears and apples. These fruits have a laxative effect and may help to make your stool softer and easier to pass.
- Be active. Daily physical activity can help keep you regular. It also is important for a healthy pregnancy. Walking is an easy and safe way to be active every day.
Do not use laxatives without talking to your health care provider. Laxatives may start labour contractions.
Poor appetite and pregnancy
There may be times when you do not feel like eating while you are pregnant, especially if you are not feeling well or are constipated. In addition, as your baby continues to grow, your stomach can’t hold as much food causing you to feel full quickly.
To help you meet your energy needs:
- Eat small, frequent meals and snacks. Smaller amounts of food can help prevent you from feeling too full.
- Enjoy drinks that are high in energy and protein. Make smoothies with milk or fortified soy beverage, yogurt, skim milk powder (for extra protein), banana, peanut butter, puréed silken tofu, frozen berries and nut butters.
- Enjoy high energy foods. Try unsalted nuts and seeds, dried fruits, avocado, salmon, cheese and nut butters.
Try these recipes
Banana Nut Smoothie
Mini Mushroom Omelettes
Mango Chicken Wraps
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Yogurt Banana Split
Chicken and Corn Chowder
Swelling and pregnancy
You may notice some swelling in your feet, ankles or your hands. Water retention is normal while you are pregnant.
To help reduce swelling:
- Drink plenty of fluids. It is important to drink plenty of water while you are pregnant, even if you are feeling bloated. Water carries nutrients to your body and to your growing baby, takes away waste products from your baby and from you, keeps you cool, helps prevent constipation and helps control swelling. White milk and unsweetened fortified plant-based beverages are also healthy drink options.
- Limit high salt snack foods, fast foods and convenience foods. You do not need to restrict your salt intake while you are pregnant, but too much salt can contribute to water retention Check out this article for tips on lowering your salt intake.
- Put your feet up when you are sitting. Sleep with extra pillows under your feet. Avoid crossing your legs or feet.
- Be active. Daily physical activity can help reduce swelling. It is also important for a healthy pregnancy. Walking is an easy and safe way to be active every day.
- Talk to your health care provider if you notice a rapid increase in your weight or swelling in your upper arms or face.
How can a dietitian help?
A dietitian can suggest personalized strategies for overcoming these pregnancy discomforts. Your dietitian will also carefully review what you are eating and drinking to make sure you are getting enough nutrients for you and your baby even when you don’t feel well. Connect with a dietitian today!
Every woman has a different experience during pregnancy and it is normal to sometimes feel unwell. Talk to your dietitian if you feel that you are not eating well because of how you are feeling.
You may also be interested in:
Eating for a Healthy Pregnancy
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This article was written and reviewed by dietitians from Dietitians of Canada
Last Update – November 19, 2021
Nauseated: Which Can I Feel?
Using nauseous to mean nauseated as in, “I feel nauseous,” is acceptable and has been established since the 19th century. However, some still argue that “nauseous” should only mean “causing nausea.” When “nauseous” is used to mean “nauseated” it functions as a predicate adjective, following verbs like “feel” and “become.”
Oftentimes when people come to the dictionary in search of an answer there is both a long and a short way of answering the question. In many such cases we’ll give the short answer first, and then the longer answer (which has much explanatory material, and is designed to mollify those who received an answer they didn’t want) following. Here’s an example:
Q. May I use nauseous to mean “nauseated” or must it always and forever be used to mean “nauseating”?
A. You may use nauseous to mean “nauseated.”
“That last Milk-Bone isn’t sitting right.”
Original Meaning of Nauseous
Now we may move on to the mollification portion of this article. Many people have a strong belief that the proper use of nauseous is the one which may be defined as “causing nausea or disgust,” and that if you wish to say that a person feels as though their stomach will disgorge its contents then nauseated is the word to use (‘I feel nauseated, rather than ‘I feel nauseous‘). We do not disagree that this is a fine and specific manner in which to use nauseous, and if this is the way in which you learned how to use the word you may continue to do so. However, we must point out that nauseous, like many other words in our language, is remarkable in its elasticity and range of meaning, and its applicability in the context of “I’m gonna hurl” is neither incorrect nor relegated to the unlearned.
The first recorded mention we have of nauseous comes, helpfully enough, from a dictionary. The 1609 edition of Robert Cawdrey’s A Table Alphabeticall includes it as a headword, with a definition that differs somewhat from the one that is often proscribed today (Cawdrey defines it as “loathing or disposed to vomit”). The “causing nausea” sense appears first in our records in a 1618 work by John Vicars.
Which, though some Wretches Atheisticall,
Some Nauseous Neuter, Satan’s Tennis-Ball,
Some execrable Sadduces (I say)
Which doe the Resurrection denay,
Though some vile Sectists Pythagoricall,
Or Infidells most Diabolicall.
— John Vicars, A Prospective Glasse to Looke into Heavan, 1618
Putting aside for now the fact that any book from the 17th century which contains the phrase “Satan’s tennis-ball” deserves more attention, the sense in which Vicars used nauseous (to mean “nauseating”) was the dominant one for the next several hundred years, and the one defined by Cawdrey is found but occasionally. In the middle of the 19th century the sense of nauseous meaning “nauseated” begins to appear.
At the end of another hour it was evident that the lobelia had begun to make her feel nauseous, and again she was tried, but would not move any more than before.
— National Aegis (Worcester, MA), 4 Mar. 1857
In about half an hour Mr. Schemernon’s body was swollen terribly; his leg measuring about two feet around. He also felt nauseous about the stomach, and commences to vomit violently.
— Newbern Journal of Commerce (New Bern, NC), 31 Jul. 1867
New Meaning of Nauseous
In the 20th century the “nauseated” sense of nauseous became increasingly common and, as is so often the case when a word takes on new meanings, objections to this new use became common as well. One of the common reasons for why we should not use nauseous in both the “nauseated” and the “nauseating” contexts is that to do so would lead to ambiguity.
But the disparate uses of nauseous are hardly ambiguous. When employed to mean “nauseated” nauseous typically is used as a predicate adjective, and following a copulative verb such as be, feel, or become (‘the boat ride on the water made me feel nauseous’). The “nauseating” sense of nauseous, on the other hand, tends to be found as an attributive adjective, coming before the noun it modifies (‘the nauseous trip made me wish I’d not gotten on the boat’).
The “nauseated” sense of nauseous is now in widespread use, found in well-edited newspapers, books by highly-regarded authors, medical journals, and your children’s social media feeds. You do not have to use the word in this way, but you also do not have to argue about it. We could all spend our time on something more useful, such as finding a new use for Satan’s tennis-ball.
5 Reasons You’re Waking Up Nauseous in the Morning
Waking up nauseous might be a side effect of a new medication or birth control.
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Establishing a morning routine is a great way to set up your day for success. But waking up nauseous each morning has the potential to derail your plan for healthy habits.
If you feel sick when you wake up, your nighttime eating habits, stress levels or medications may be to blame for your early morning nausea.
Read on to learn why exactly you might be waking up nauseous and how to fix your symptoms.
1. You Ate Certain Foods Too Close to Bedtime
The foods you eat before bed can play a big role in how your body feels the following morning, says gastroenterologist Niket Sonpal, MD. Eating a heavy meal late in the evening can cause digestive unrest, causing nausea in the a.m.
This is especially true if you struggle with food allergies or sensitivities, like lactose intolerance, Dr. Sonpal says. Even if your food sensitivities don’t necessarily cause nausea during the day, your stomach may not be able to process your meal while you’re sleeping, wreaking havoc the next morning.
The fix: Give your body a break from digestion while you sleep. Try to eat your last meal about three hours before bedtime, per the Mayo Clinic. And you might try your best to avoid any hard-to-digest foods in the evening, too, so your body doesn’t need to break them down overnight. Fried or fatty foods, dairy products and spicy foods are common culprits of indigestion.
“If a person finds themself nauseous in the mornings, they should stick to light and plain meals for dinner and snacks prior to going to bed,” Dr. Sonpal says.
Also, avoid drinking alcohol several hours before bed, too, per the Mayo Clinic. This can not only cause nausea but may even disrupt your sleep.
Though it may seem obvious, always check the expiration date of your foods, Dr. Sonpal suggests. Eating expired foods may not necessarily cause you to vomit but can lead to nausea.
2. You’re Not Eating Enough Before Bed
On the other hand, hunger can also be a reason you’re waking up nauseous, Dr. Sonpal says. Your blood sugar drops when you don’t eat any food over extended periods of time. Low blood sugar can cause you to feel faint or nauseated.
If you wake up feeling extremely hungry, sweaty or shaky, that’s a pretty clear sign you may be having some mild low blood sugar, according to the University of Michigan Medicine. But if you’re experiencing more severe symptoms like muscle twitching or slurred speech, you may want to consult a doctor.
In some cases, people living with diabetes may experience ketoacidosis, which causes your body to produce excess blood acids called ketones, Dr. Sonpal says. When your body floods with ketones, it can also lead to nausea. If you have diabetes and experience these symptoms, you’ll want to see a medical professional on the best way to handle them.
The fix: You’ll still want to avoid eating too soon before bedtime, but pick your foods wisely and eat slowly to help your body feel fuller, Dr. Sonpal says.
Aim to get a good balance of macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) to promote satiety and eat plenty of vegetables. Veggies are rich in fiber, which helps control your blood sugar levels.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux, happens when your stomach acid flows back into your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach), according to the Mayo Clinic. This acid can cause pain and irritation in your esophagus.
“[Acid reflux] leads to a burning sensation in the throat and nausea,” Dr. Sonpal says. “When sleeping in a flat position, acid reflux can be more prominent in the morning, rather than right after eating.”
The fix: Cut fatty foods like cheese and red meats out of your evening meals or snacks, Dr. Sonpal recommends.
“Heavy foods like these cause the stomach to not digest as quickly as before,” he says. “Thus, the cream and meat sit in the stomach acid for longer periods of time and leads to bloating and nausea. “
Citrus fruits and all kinds of alcohol can also cause acid reflux in the morning, so you’ll want to avoid those at night, too.
4. You’re Feeling Anxious or Stressed
Believe it or not, anxiety and stress can cause nausea, especially if it’s keeping you up at night. When you’re anxious, your body releases hormones and chemicals that can affect your digestion, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. This chemical imbalance can cause various stomach issues, including nausea.
“Mental health and poor sleep patterns are also closely associated with morning nausea,” Dr. Sonpal says. “Anxiety does not only directly affect a person’s mental wellbeing but their physical health as well. Stress has a direct correlation to an uneasy stomach and should not be ruled out of the equation.”
The fix: It’s definitely easier said than done, but it’s important to reduce anxiety and stress in your day-to-day life. In some cases, that can include consulting a mental health professional or using free mental health resources as needed.
Also, try to practice healthy sleep habits, Dr. Sonpal recommends. Staying up late at night, especially for work purposes, can definitely contribute to your anxiety or stress, causing nausea when you wake up.
5. Your Reproductive Health Needs Attention
If you’ve started a new birth control, it may be the cause of your unwanted a.m. nausea. Nausea, dizziness and bloating are common side effects of combination birth control pills, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In some cases, nausea and vomiting can be a sign of morning sickness, a symptom of early pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. Often, morning sickness can be triggered by certain smells or spicy foods, but sometimes has no trigger at all.
The fix: If you think your new birth control pills may be causing unwanted side effects, you should consult your prescribing doctor to help manage symptoms or change your medications completely.
On the other hand, if you’re experiencing morning sickness or have a late menstrual cycle, you may want to see a doctor or take a personal pregnancy test to see if pregnancy may be causing your morning nausea.
Coping With Common Discomforts of Pregnancy
Pregnancy produces many physical changes. Aside from weight and body shape, other alterations in your body chemistry and function take place. The heart works harder, your temperature registers slightly higher, body secretions increase, joints and ligaments are more flexible and hormones are altered.
Mood changes are common, resulting from a combination of hormonal changes and greater fatigue, as well as normal anxiety over body image, sexuality, finances, marriage roles and impending parenthood.
The following is a list of the most common discomforts of pregnancy and some guidelines for coping with them.
Nausea and Vomiting
- Eat small frequent meals. Going too long without eating during pregnancy can cause nausea or make it worse. If you experience continuous nausea, eat every one to two hours.
- Avoid greasy, high-fat foods. They are more difficult to digest.
- Consume dry starch foods, such as crackers, toast or cereal, in the morning before you get out of bed. Also, it helps if you stay in bed for 20 minutes or so after eating and get up slowly from the bed for a sudden change of position can aggravate nausea.
- Drinking carbonated beverages as well as peppermint, spearmint and chamomile teas may help.
- Eat plenty of carbohydrate-rich foods such as cereal, fruit, bread and rice. They are easy to digest and provide energy.
- Take prenatal vitamins only as directed. If they cause stomach upset, ask your practitioner if you can delay taking them for a few weeks.
- Some foods, such as milk or tea, that are soothing to one woman may be upsetting to another. However, most women find cold foods and beverages easier to tolerate than hot ones.
- Eat a high-protein snack before bed to stabilize blood sugar.
- Limit your consumption of coffee. It stimulates acid secretion, which can make the nausea worse.
- Consume liquids separately from meals, waiting about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Wear sea sickness wrist bands. These can be found at most pharmacies.
- Increase the amount of fiber in your diet, eating foods high in fiber such as fruits, raw vegetables, whole grain products, nuts and dried fruits. Choose a breakfast cereal that has at least 5 grams of fiber per serving. These foods help soften the stool and promote natural bowel activity.
- Drink a lot of fluids.
- Exercise, even walking, will help relieve constipation.
- Eat prunes or figs, or drink prune juice. These fruits contain a natural laxative.
- Avoid laxatives. If the problem is not resolved with the above suggestions, let your health care practitioner know. Stool softeners that are safe during pregnancy can be prescribed.
- Iron supplements can aggravate constipation — the prescription for iron can be adjusted if it becomes a problem.
- To help avoid hemorrhoids, prevent constipation by maintaining a diet that is high in fluids and fiber.
- Witch hazel or Tucks pads can be applied to the hemorrhoid area to relieve symptoms.
- Avoid over-the-counter laxatives. If hard stools are aggravating hemorrhoids, stool softeners can be used, but first consult your practitioner for specific suggestions.
This is very common during the first trimester. Get as much sleep or rest as you can — even short naps will help. Your energy level will pick up after the first three months. However, fatigue and insomnia tend to recur in the last months of pregnancy. A warm bath, massage or hot drink before bed often helps you relax and get ready to sleep.
Breast tenderness is most pronounced during the first three months. The breasts enlarge in size and can be quite tender. Wearing a good support bra may help you feel more comfortable.
Frequent urination is another pregnancy symptom that is most pronounced during the first trimester as well as the end of pregnancy. Do not restrict fluid intake in an effort to decrease the frequency of urination. As long as you do not experience burning or pain with urination, increased frequency is normal and will go away with time.
Cramps in your calf or thigh occur most frequently at night. One remedy may be to increase your intake of calcium. Ask your provider about a calcium supplement. While in bed, stretch with your heels pointed, not your toes. This will help relieve a cramp.
- Try eating smaller but more frequent meals.
- Avoid highly seasoned, rich and fatty foods.
- Do not lie down flat after eating. If you must lie down, elevate your head and shoulders with pillows.
- Carbonated beverages and milk often can help alleviate heartburn.
- Certain antacids are not recommended during pregnancy. Check with your health care provider before using over-the-counter antacid preparations.
Lower back pain is common during pregnancy. It is caused by the shift in posture necessitated by carrying extra weight in front.
- Try not to stand in one position for too long.
- An exercise called the pelvic rock will help alleviate back pain and strengthen the lower back muscles that experience the most stress.
- Elevating the feet onto a stool while sitting will help.
Dizziness or lightheadedness can be caused by low blood sugar or a sudden change of position. To help avoid this feeling:
- Move slowly when getting up from a sitting or lying position.
- Eat well and frequently. Women who are prone to low blood sugar should carry snacks at all times. Juices and fruit are particularly good choices.
Swelling of the Hands and Feet
Slight swelling of the hands and feet are common in the later stages of pregnancy. Adequate fluid intake is always important. Improve the circulation in your legs and feet by elevating them as often as possible. Lie on a bed or floor and raise your legs up on the wall keeping your knees bent. If you are wearing elastic hose, drain your legs this way before putting them on.
How to Find Pregnancy Nausea Relief
If you’re suffering from morning (and maybe noon and night) sickness, you may be wondering why it happens and whether it serves a purpose. “Nausea and vomiting often are an indication that pregnancy hormones are elevated, which is a sign that the pregnancy is moving forward,” says Laura Riley, MD, medical director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of You and Your Baby: Healthy Eating During Pregnancy. “But that’s not to say that women who don’t get morning sickness are at risk for a miscarriage,” Riley adds. About 25 percent of pregnant women who have healthy pregnancies never experience nausea, but for those who do, morning sickness usually lasts throughout the first trimester.
Your odds of having morning sickness are greater if you experienced nausea as a side effect of birth control pills, suffer from motion sickness, have female relatives who endured morning sickness or are pregnant with multiples. The good news is that a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as some alternative approaches, can provide relief in most cases.
How to prevent morning sickness
To help avoid or at least minimize morning sickness, follow the “slow, steady rule” when eating. Instead of consuming three large meals a day, eat six small ones spread throughout the day, says Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. And never let yourself get hungry; dips and spikes in blood sugar may add to queasiness. This is also why many women feel nauseated first thing in the morning—they haven’t eaten anything since before they went to bed. To avoid having an empty stomach, nibble on bland foods such as saltine crackers and dry toast, and keep a box of crackers at your bedside to munch on before getting up in the morning.
Some experts recommend passing up foods that have strong odors, as well as greasy or spicy foods. However, simply listening to your body is the best advice. “Eat what makes you feel better, or at least not worse,” says Johnson. As long as you drink plenty of water and keep taking your prenatal vitamins, baby will be fine.
How to find pregnancy nausea relief
If nausea strikes despite your best efforts to avoid it, cold foods may be soothing, especially water-rich choices like melons, grapes, berries, fruit smoothies, cucumbers and oranges. In fact, for some women, eating any form of citrus helps alleviate nausea; even just sniffing a lemon can help. Others find relief by sipping vinegar mixed with warm water and honey (make sure it’s pasteurized honey and not raw).
Ginger is another antidote. A study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that ginger was somewhat helpful in alleviating morning sickness—more so when taken in capsules than in any other form. Fresh ginger, ginger powder (in tea) or dried ginger in tablet form is more potent than a less concentrated form of ginger, such as ginger ale, ginger snaps or prepared ginger tea.
Acupuncture can be a safe, effective “alternative” remedy as well; most women need two or three treatments a week through the first trimester. Acupressure wristbands (such as ReliefBands), designed to stimulate the acupuncture points that alleviate nausea, are also available. But the bands won’t do much for women whose acupuncture points aren’t sensitive to surface stimulation.
If you’re vomiting, it’s essential to stay hydrated in order to replenish lost electrolytes—minerals such as sodium and potassium that regulate the fluid balance in your body. So load up on ice chips, citrus-flavored slush drinks, flat ginger ale (carbonation may make your nausea worse) and popsicles. Pace yourself with slow, steady sips. If you drink more than two ounces at a time, fluids tend to bypass the tissues and travel directly to the kidneys and bladder.
What to do if you feel sick all the time
For moderate cases, described as strong or persistent symptoms that interfere with a woman’s quality of life or ability to take care of herself, doctors may recommend vitamin B6 supplements. Pregnancy depletes water-soluble vitamins such as B6 more quickly, so taking a supplement or loading up on food sources that contain B6, such as egg yolks, yogurt and whole grains, may help alleviate morning sickness. “Work with your doctor to get the appropriate dose,” says Johnson. The general recommendation if you’re pregnant is 1.9 milligrams a day, while the therapeutic level can be up to 25 milligrams three times a day.
According to Johnson, relieving morning sickness often requires trial and error. “Pregnancies are as unique as babies, so keep trying different remedies,” she says.
Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.
Here’s why you get carsick — even when other people don’t
Life isn’t fair. One of the clearest instances of this is the mysterious illness scientists call kinetosis — which most people know as motion sickness.
Some people seemingly start to feel sick the instant they sit down in the passenger seat. If you’re one of them, a winding road, a fast-accelerating driver, or being in the back seat is enough to make you utterly nauseated.
Then there are the lucky ones immune to such ills. They sit in the back seat and read for hours as the road winds back and forth, then spring up when the ride is over, oblivious to your misery.
What accounts for the difference? The frustrating truth is that we don’t really know. Scientists have found that women and people who get migraines are way more likely to get motion sick, but we don’t fully understand why — and we don’t even know what causes motion sickness in the first place.
The true cause of motion sickness is still a mystery
Conventional wisdom holds that motion sickness — whether it occurs in a car, a boat, or a plane — is the result of a mismatch in the signals your brain receives from your eyes and your body systems that indicate movement through space.
When you’re in a car looking down at a book, the thinking goes, your eyes are telling your brain that you’re not moving. But your vestibular system (a series of structures in your inner ear) thinks you’re moving forward and turning left and right as the car moves, explains Timothy Hain, a Northwestern neurologist who studies dizziness and motion sickness.
Some scientists have suggested the brain responds by triggering nausea for an evolutionary reason: Historically, this sort of signal mismatch might have been most often caused by a toxin-induced hallucination, so vomiting up the toxin would have been the best solution.
But there’s no real evidence for this argument — and some scientists say the mismatch idea itself is wrong. Thomas Stoffregen, a University of Minnesota kinesiologist, has advanced the main competing theory: that motion sickness is a symptom of the body’s inability to maintain proper posture and control in a moving environment.
“Ships are an obvious example,” he says. “When the floor is rolling and pitching under you, there will be some body movement that is not under your control.” That uncontrolled swaying, he argues, leads to motion sickness.
For evidence, he points to studies he’s conducted on ships at sea, with virtual reality displays, flight simulators, and video games, and in a custom-built, nightmarish, nausea-inducing moving room in his lab. “In each and every case, we have found that objective patterns in body sway data differ between people who get sick and people who do not get sick, and that those differences exist before anyone feels sick,” he says.
Women and migraine sufferers get motion sick more easily
Yet another motion sick stock photo model. (Shutterstock)
It’s uncertain which of the reasons behind motion sickness is correct. But we do know a few factors that can make people more or less prone to suffer from it:
1) Gender: Many different studies have found that women experience motion sickness far more often than men. Part of it may have to do with genetics.
A study published earlier this year using 23andMe data, for instance, identified 35 different genetic variants that were more common in people who frequently get motion sick. Many of them, however, appeared to have larger effects in women — with one particular variant three times more likely to be associated with motion sickness in women than in men. This likely has something to do with the way these genes function in women, but it’s unclear how.
In some circumstances, the different body sizes of men and women could also play a role. Stoffregen argues that if swaying and instability cause motion sickness, the fact that women are generally shorter than men — and have a lower center of gravity — could cause them to sway more in unstable conditions. In lab experiments, he’s found that women, on the whole, do indeed sway more, and those who sway the most are more likely to experience motion sickness.
2) Migraines: It’s well-established — from both questionnaires and lab studies — that people who get migraine headaches are way more likely to suffer from motion sickness. Hain estimates that migraine sufferers are about five times more likely to get motion sick in a given situation.
This, too, is a mystery, but it might also have something to do with genetics. The same 23andMe study found a few genetic variants shared by both migraine and motion sickness sufferers. A number of scientists have proposed that both illnesses might actually share a common underlying mechanism, but at this point, it’s unclear — especially since the root causes of migraines aren’t understood either.
3) Other genetic factors: It appears that a number of other genetic variants are linked to motion sickness, too.
A 2006 study comparing genetic and identical twins estimated that as much as 57 percent of the variation in people’s tendency to get motion sick was from genetics. The 23andMe study, meanwhile, identified several related to the body’s balance and visual systems, as well.
How you can minimize motion sickness
None of these factors, alas, are things you can change. But experts say there are a few things you can do to reduce your odds of getting motion sick.
1) Be the driver: In a car, drivers tend to get motion sick far less often than passengers, perhaps because they’re able to anticipate movement. If you’re not driving, Hain recommends acting as much like the driver as possible — sitting in front and looking in the direction of travel.
2) Minimize movement: Stoffregen recommends consciously using the head rest, in order to anchor your head in place and minimize the amount of left-and-right swaying. Whatever vehicle you’re in, try to sit in a stable position. For example, the middle of a plane generally experiences the least severe turbulence.
3) Don’t drink alcohol, read, or sit backward: Doing any of these makes it harder to sync up the stimuli from your eyes and vestibular system — and makes it more difficult to remain stable.
4) Take medication — but it’ll make you drowsy: Dimenhydrinate and meclizine (which are used in various forms of Dramamine) can both be effective in reducing motion sickness, but they both mainly work by making you drowsy, dulling your overall sensitivity to movement. Take with caution.
90,000 7 unexpected and even dangerous causes of nausea
There are dozens or even hundreds of causes of nausea. Among them there are quite obvious ones: food poisoning, overeating (especially when it comes to fatty foods), exercise on a full stomach, hangover, motion sickness or toxicosis of the first trimester of pregnancy. But it happens that it feels sick, and because of what it is completely incomprehensible.
1. Acute stress
Feeling sick before an exam or a serious conversation with your boss? This is completely normal.Fear, overexcitement, anxiety – all this may seem nauseous to our body .
This reaction is common in children and adolescents. Therefore, by the way, children’s excuse from school or control – “Oh, my stomach hurts!” – often not an excuse at all.
But it often covers adults too. It all depends on the individual and the level of stress.
What to do about it . First of all, calm down. Breathe deeply. Take a walk. Perhaps take valerian.Once the acute stress is relieved, the nausea will subside.
Nausea is a common sign that the body is not getting enough fluid. Typically, the second symptom in this case is dry mouth.
What to do about it . Drink a glass of cool water.
3. Diseases of the inner ear
The inner ear contains, among other things, the vestibular apparatus. Any disorder in this part of the ear, such as labyrinthitis or Meniere’s disease , can cause the vestibular to become clogged.
The brain loses its orientation in space, which makes it seem as if the earth is slipping from under its feet. To stay upright, our body triggers reactions, some of which involve the vomiting center in the brain. And there is an attack of nausea.
What to do about it . If nausea is accompanied by dizziness and / or pain in the ear, hearing impairment, noise, see an otolaryngologist as soon as possible.
4. Mild concussion
Nausea is one of the most striking symptoms of traumatic brain injury.In general, a concussion is an extremely difficult thing to diagnose. It, as a rule, is revealed not by analyzes and research, but by subjective complaints of patients.
So if you feel sick for no reason, try to remember if you hit your head today or yesterday. Perhaps you played football and made a pass with the top of your head? Or maybe you hit the back of your head against the handrail or your temple against the wall of the minibus at a sharp turn? Even the smallest, at first glance, blow can lead to a concussion.
What to do about it . If you have not passed out on impact, then your possible concussion is most likely not dangerous. Just rest: lie down or sit in a comfortable chair, relax. In most cases, symptoms resolve within 15-30 minutes.
If the nausea, which could be caused by a stroke (especially if it was accompanied by loss of consciousness), continues, go to the therapist. It is necessary! Concussion is fraught with serious complications.
5.Chronic traumatic brain injury
This is one of the consequences of neglected concussions. The point is that brain injuries can have a cumulative effect. In some people, it is less pronounced (their brain removes toxins formed during trauma faster), in others it is more (they accumulate toxins and seriously affect brain functions). Which category you belong to can only be established with the help of genetic analysis.
If in the past you may have had regular head injuries – for example, you are fond of extreme sports and have fallen more than once, boxing, wrestling, taking part in hostilities – and at the same time at some point you began to feel bouts of nausea accompanied by fatigue and headache, it may be it – a chronic traumatic brain injury.
What to do about it . Go to the neurologist . You will need to have a number of tests, possibly including different types of MRI.
6. Low blood pressure
Weakness, slight dizziness and nausea as a final chord are the key signs of a decrease in blood pressure.
What to do about it . Lie down and rest. You can drink a couple of glasses of water or eat something salty – these methods will slightly increase blood volume and help raise blood pressure.
Fortunately, low blood pressure is rarely dangerous. However, it can impair your quality of life, so you should consult with a therapist.
7. Viral hepatitis
Even before the icteric period, viral hepatitis is often manifested by decreased appetite and unmotivated (at first glance, naturally) nausea. A little later, these symptoms are joined by itching of the skin, discomfort in the liver, sometimes – an increase in temperature …
What to do about it .Go to a therapist or hepatologist – a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of liver and biliary tract diseases. By the way, nausea, accompanied by discomfort in the right side of the abdomen, can also be a sign of biliary dyskinesia – this is the name of a violation of the outflow of bile.
Both hepatitis and dyskinesia are deadly. So it is important to identify them at an early stage, which is often evidenced by nausea.
“I look at the USA, and I feel sick, I look at Russia, and I feel sick, I look at Europe – the same”
Exhibition contemporary art
Today in the Central House of Artists opened an exhibition of one of the most famous contemporary artists of the Austrian Erwin Wurm “Keep your head in the cold”, prepared by the Moscow gallery “Regina” in conjunction with the gallery “Krinzinger”.On the eve of the exhibition, ERWIN WURM told IRINA Kommersant about sculpture, politics and the role of the artist in the consumer society.
– Why do you call all your works sculptures and not objects, installations or performances?
– When I entered the Vienna Academy of Arts, it was possible to pass exams there in only two subjects – painting and sculpture. I then wanted to paint, but did not pass the exam. I had to think about what sculpture is in contemporary art and how it relates to reality, to ordinary life.I call everything I do sculpture in general, and I try to perceive everyday life through the prism of the basic concepts with which sculpture works: volume, shape, mass. If you are gaining or losing weight, this can also be perceived as working on a sculpture. Including when it comes to the weight that you have in society – I try to think like a sculptor at all levels: social, psychological, and so on.
– What kind of painting did you want to do?
– I became interested in art very early, but my family was far from all this, my father was a detective and my desire to become an artist was perceived as a crime.I was interested in everything at once, not distinguishing between good and bad. When I was 14-15 years old, I really loved Viennese magical realism – this is a kind of surrealism. I am still asked about my connections to Surrealism and Viennese Actionism. But now it is not close to me. They have always strived to speak of the great drama of life and death. I am only interested in small, marginal stories and events. When I was a student, I was very fond of the work of Joseph Beuys. But today I can no longer say that this is my favorite artist, although I have done several works based on his works.All of his installations, which I have seen in museums and at exhibitions lately, look frankly bad – because they were assembled without his participation, this is not the work of an artist, but a curator. Perhaps, in order for his works to become interesting again, today’s artists should do them anew, in their own way. Beuys’ symbolism is, of course, boring today, and his political position has lost its meaning. He proceeded from the fact that there is capitalism and socialism and a third way must be sought. And today there is only capitalism left…
– Do you have a political position?
– She changed many times. In my youth, I was extremely left, then – green. Today I just try to remain critical of society, to any ideology and political system, but I no longer want to understand them. I look at the USA and I feel sick, I look at Russia and I feel sick, I look at Europe – the same thing. I no longer believe in big ideologies. After all, we all, after all, know perfectly well what is good and what is bad.
– What kind of relationship between things and people exists in your world? Who is subordinate to whom, who tortures whom, who experiences pain, who is freer?
– Neither people nor things in my world feel pain, and neither one nor the other is free. But there is a certain amount of temptation in this, and the main seducer is me. When I work with people, I try to remove those internal barriers that exist for everyone – this is the temptation. When I do my Sculptures for a Minute project in a particular city, I ask the inviting gallery or museum to advertise in the newspapers to recruit volunteers.Many different people come – happy in their own way, strange in their own way, with their own expectations and suspicions. A girl striving to become a model, an unemployed person for whom participation in an art action is taking out resentment against society, or a confident, advanced bank manager who believes that art will add coolness to him. I photographed him with his bank in the background, all his colleagues lined up behind him, and I shoved two pens into his nose.
– Are you seeking to free your accomplices from self-stereotypes?
– I do not want to be a priest of freedom at all – this is already ridiculous.This is not mine, but their problem. But many people, including influential and famous, for some reason really want me to photograph them. I want to stop this all the time – well, how long can you force people to do all sorts of stupid things. But just now I have continued the cycle “Sculptures for a Minute” commissioned by Hermes. The heroes of the photographs were people who were introduced as regular customers of the brand, all in these clothes, so expensive that it was even scary to work with them. And I invented a kind of fictional identity for each of them: a judge, a communist, an anarchist, a terrorist, a psychopath.Both they and the company really enjoyed being drawn into this game, despite the fact that Hermes is a terribly conservative house. Before that, many times I was offered to work for certain companies, but almost always they refused my ideas. So, I did a project for an Austrian lingerie company. They’ve always had great ad campaigns with the most famous fashion photographers, top models like Claudia Schiffer or Cindy Crawford. I filmed porn models, cheap and unknown, and showed men looking at these women in their underwear.The company refused my project.
– Is it really the only criticism of the consumer society that is possible today to make conceptual projects commissioned by large firms?
– An artist is not obliged to do this kind of work, but he can do it if he is interested in it for one reason or another, although, of course, one must be very careful. For example, I am interested in fashion, which has become such a significant part of the world lately, just as I was interested in labor, law, political incorrectness or the status of an artist in the modern world.
When the vestibular apparatus is not happy: why motion sickness and how to deal with it
As a rule, the motion sickness mechanism is started by monotonous movement on any type of transport. The main troubles for people with kinetosis are cars, minibuses, buses and ships. But there are also known cases of motion sickness in elevators, on metro escalators and when looking down from a great height.
Confusing the vestibular apparatus may not be the best psychological state of a person.Anxiety, fatigue, stress press the button to start the kinetosis mechanism.
Diseases of ENT organs (inflammation of the middle and inner ear), hormonal disorders, pregnancy, diseases of the heart, blood vessels, stomach, intestines, brain and hormonal disorders can become a catalyst for motion sickness.
There is also a risk group for kinetosis – more often nervous, easily excitable people suffer from this ailment. Also, statistics show that motion sickness is more common in women than men.
And children are most susceptible to seasickness. By the age of 12, problems with the vestibular apparatus are observed in more than half of children.
Motion sickness in 3D and in reality
Trouble with the vestibular apparatus can be found everywhere – on the ground, on land and in the air. There are seemingly very unusual manifestations of seasickness. So, editor Maria says that she is sick not only in the real, but also in the virtual world.
“As a teenager, I could not play adventure games on the computer – I started to feel sick when the character had to, for example, climb the spiral staircase in the castle.Now I don’t really like 3D films for the same reasons, “says Maria.
The girl suffers from motion sickness for as long as she can remember. This gives not only unpleasant sensations, but also makes it impossible to perform ordinary actions for passengers of public transport.
“I can’t read, write messages on my phone or draw in a car or bus, I start to feel sick instantly. It manifests itself in a headache, nausea, a feeling as if there is not enough air, I want to open a window,” says the girl.
The main recipe for dealing with seasickness, according to Maria, is to avoid vehicles whenever possible. If you cannot do without it, then it is better not to eat in front of the road, to sit in minibuses at the window, not to choose a seat facing the opposite direction. It is also advisable to stay away from drivers who prefer an aggressive driving style.
“I do not go with taxi drivers categorically – only an extreme necessity can make me get into a taxi. You never know what driving style a taxi driver has, in a taxi I am seasick most often, both in Russia and abroad.Once in Scotland, I was ready to stop a taxi right on the bridge and continue on foot, I was so sickly, I could not breathe, and the open window did little to help, “says Maria.
90,000 What to do if you feel sick: reasons, advice
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Nausea – uncomfortable sensation in body, which is symptom broad range of diseases.Often, people suffering from from such a unpleasant manifestation are worried about by one question: what to do if is sick? In addition person can disturb vomiting. In order for to understand that is exactly , you need to take in in this situation, you need to figure out what is caused by such a anomalous condition.In the medical sphere there is a list of cases when the presence of such symptoms can indicate to severe violation when people need at emergency .
Attention! The material is for informational purposes only. You should not resort to the treatments described in it without first consulting your doctor.
Vomiting on a regular basis and additional manifestations in the form of weakness in the body and dizziness significantly deplete the body, which interferes with a full life. The consequences are especially dangerous, since at this time there is a rapid loss of nutrients, and in specific situations, rupture of the mucous membrane can occur as a result of powerful pressure. The most common causes include:
The disease is manifested by the occurrence of heartburn and nausea, which increase after eating.
- Lesions of the gallbladder
There is a feeling of turbidity, and the patient is constantly suffering from flatulence. Patients report a metallic taste in the mouth.
Provokes the onset of pain in the abdominal region, which is accompanied by an increase in temperature.
Indicates gastrointestinal disorders. Vomiting is formed after the transport of food (fatty, spicy food) into the stomach, when it is not able to fully digest them.
- Ingress of infectious microorganisms or poisoning
After a few hours, there is a feeling of nausea and painful discomfort in the abdomen, which subsequently leads to the first attack of vomiting.After emptying the stomach, the patient feels better for a while. Additionally, the person has general weakness in the body, dizziness, fever and diarrhea.
- Pressure jump
Formed with chronic hypertension, which provokes vomiting not associated with food. People suffering from this disease have nausea in the morning. But doctors do not exclude the formation of symptoms throughout the day.
Additional sources of unpleasant state are:
- Mental disorders.
- Nausea during pregnancy.
- Weak functional feature of the vestibular apparatus.
Nausea may occur with a sudden change in body position or tilt of the head, which will provoke tinnitus and pain.
There is a large list of factors that provoke a painful condition, therefore, if a symptom occurs, you will need to seek help from a medical professional. The doctor will carry out diagnostic measures and establish what is the cause that caused the abnormal manifestations and how to induce vomiting.
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What to do if you feel sick?
The simplest and most affordable solutions for discomfort are the following:
Symptoms may worsen due to constant fuss and noise. Choose a secluded spot where you can sit on a comfortable sofa or just sit on the floor. If resting while sitting doesn’t help, try lying down so your head is one level above the rest of your body.For example, you can put a pillow or any other means at hand. This position will help you feel comfortable and fall asleep sooner. Sleep is an effective way to relieve nausea.
- Correct Breathing
It is recommended to move to fresh air to reduce anxiety and discomfort in the abdominal area. Take deep breaths through your nose and hold your breath for a short time, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. This breathing must be repeated several times.
- Distraction from thoughts of nausea
In a calm environment, try to close your eyes and distract yourself from painful manifestations. Try to channel all your thoughts in a different direction. It is worth limiting the use of a smartphone, computer, TV, since prolonged work with them can provoke the appearance of pain in the head, which will increase nausea. Avoid high-stress activities. For example, increased concentration of attention can manifest itself while reading books, which will quickly tire the eyes, and if you feel unwell, it will cause additional stress.
- Cold compress
Applying coolness to the back of the cervical spine will help reduce the temperature, which will further contribute to the disappearance of nausea. To do this, simply soak a towel in cold water and place it under your neck.
- Abstaining from exercise.
Such loads prevent the stabilization of the functioning of the stomach.
- Limiting strong odors
Smell is closely related to the digestive system, so strong aromas can agitate the body and exacerbate symptoms.In particular, doctors advise avoiding the smell of coloring agents. In case of illness, it is worth giving up cooking, smoking and using perfume.
There are proven folk ways to eliminate nausea when the stomach hurts. Our ancestors also used these tips. Here they are:
- Freshly brewed green tea with lemon wedge.
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Drink a warm beverage after vomiting to tone the body to further stop symptoms and restore normal digestion.
- Use ginger root.
For example, you can put a small piece on your tongue or add it to the tea in a crushed form. Ginger cocktail effectively copes with the disease, as it has a choleretic and antispasmodic effect.
- Tincture of chamomile flowers.
Pharmaceutical herb is considered the optimal antiseptic, which quickly soothes the stomach and relieves inflammation.
- Potato juice.
The patient only needs to drink a tablespoon of this liquid to feel better. The composition of potatoes contains starch, which is able to envelop the walls, which will reliably protect the body from harmful reactions.
Add a few peppermint leaves to your tea for immediate relief.
You will need to add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of filtered water for prolonged vomiting.
In the case when, against the background of all manifestations, other symptoms of a physical or emotional nature begin to form, it is worth limiting independent therapy and making an appointment with a therapist.Take care of your health so as not to spend money on expensive treatment!
Attention! The material is for informational purposes only. You should not resort to the treatments described in it without first consulting your doctor.
Author: Candidate of Medical Sciences Anna Ivanovna Tikhomirova
Reviewer: Candidate of Medical Sciences, Professor Ivan Georgievich Maksakov
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90,000 Six ways to cope with motion sickness in a car – Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Nausea in vehicles is familiar to both adults and children: often because of this, people generally refuse any travel. There are several ways to relieve motion sickness.
First you need to take the correct seat on the bus or in the car. Passengers in the back seat are subject to a greater amplitude of vibration than in the front.In buses, it is better to choose seats in the middle, since the ends of it shake equally strongly.
This is due to the location of the center of gravity: in a rear-wheel drive car, it is located between the driver and the front passenger, in a front-wheel drive car, it is shifted towards the gear selector.
This is the first way to relieve motion sickness. Try to bring the passenger as close to the center of gravity as possible. You can try to lower the front passenger seat as low as possible, since the farther from the center of mass, the greater the amplitude of motion sickness.
The second recommendation is to give up gadgets and books. The fact is that a gaze focused at a close distance increases the sensitivity to vibrations, the picture jumps in front of the eyes, and the brain gets tired much faster. It is worth giving preference to audiobooks, and transferring your gaze to distant objects outside the window. That is why sea travelers during the pitching are advised not to look at the deck, but to catch their eyes on the static horizon, writes aif.ru.
Lollipops and water help to cope with motion sickness.This is one of the reasons why the flight attendants offer the passengers sucking sweets before takeoff. The body is distracted from the discomfort associated with motion sickness, and switches to the usual mode of eating. Citrus fruits can also help on the road.
Another recommendation is to turn on the air conditioner. Firstly, it is good for the driver’s attention: the cooler it is in the cabin, the easier it will be for him to concentrate on the road. The optimum temperature is 19 degrees. It will also help passengers suffering from motion sickness.It is better to direct the flow of cool air to the legs, so the body will invigorate faster.
One last tip is to work out the right travel mode. If you are bringing children in your car, it is good to make a 15-minute stop with active games every 45 minutes. This will distract them from the unpleasant sensations and focus on the upcoming fun. It is important for the driver to make a stop every 4.5 hours of driving. Well, during the day you can drive no more than 12 hours.
Food has become disgusting to me | Glamor
Barbara writes: “Hello.Some time ago (about a year) I lost my appetite. I began to eat very little, sometimes I forget to eat altogether, unless someone reminds me that I need to have breakfast or dinner. I just don’t feel like it! The food began to make me very disgusted, I hate to even look at someone else eating! I lost a lot of weight this year, while I did not want to lose weight at all, my figure was fine with me. Now I have only skin and bones, I can no longer look at myself in the mirror, it seems to me that this is not me.But I can’t eat either! Although I understand with my head that I need to eat, to bring myself back to normal, but I cannot overcome disgust. I am sick of the smells of edible food alone, and when I see someone eating, even in the movies, I have a vomiting urge. Tell me, is this anorexia? But I didn’t try to lose weight, where did it come from, if it’s her? And if not anorexia, then what happens to me and how to overpower myself and start eating? I’m 19 years old”.
Psychologist https://www.glamour.ru/ Tatyana Kapitova answers: “Barbara, anorexia, unfortunately, occurs not only when a girl or woman is somewhat addicted to trying to lose weight.Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by loss of appetite, the causes of which can be both psychogenic (that is, provoked by the psyche, not physiology) and somatogenic (caused by disruption of the endocrine and other body systems, as well as individual internal organs). Indeed, most often anorexia appears as an obsessive desire to lose excess (however, not always excess) weight. The girl stops eating, calculates the calorie content of food eaten, can induce vomiting, weighs herself several times a day, and so on, the desire to lose weight becomes an obsession.In your case, everything is exactly the opposite. You did not feel the need to lose weight, but suddenly began to lose your appetite and, accordingly, significantly lost weight. First of all, you should undergo a medical examination and exclude somatic diseases, only after that you can confidently judge the psychological reasons for your current condition. Please do not delay your visit to your doctor, as weight loss can be a symptom of some very unpleasant diseases.
But maybe everything is not so bad at all, and the reason for your condition is truly psychological.Try to remember what happened to you a year ago when you lost your appetite. How did your relationship with loved ones develop at that time? What happened at work, at school, in the family? Loss of appetite can signal intense anxiety and lingering stress, which you are probably still in. Food is a symbolic image of motherly warmth, protection and love. In childhood, the mother feeds the child, thereby giving him everything he needs to survive; in adulthood, food becomes a symbol of a person’s care for himself.Feeding yourself – literally or figuratively – means giving yourself what a person needs. Eating disorders happen when a person, for some reason, does not want (in the case of anorexia) or cannot (in your case) “feed” himself – take care of his well-being, feel sorry for himself, cheer up, etc. Therefore, in my opinion, you should start to deal with your appetite with an excursion into the past year and clarification of the circumstances due to which you suddenly found yourself unable to take care of yourself.