Which dietary modifications may beneficial in the management of motion sickness?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Andrew Brainard, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Reports exist that a bland diet that is high in carbohydrates and low in fats may reduce symptoms. Spicy foods, acidic foods, and other foods that produce gastritis or gastroesophageal reflux are more likely to be associated with stomach awareness, nausea, and vomiting. Patients with a history of gastritis should take measures to treat this before they start vomiting.

Sailors experienced with motion sickness frequently choose to eat sweet, non-spicy, “slippery” foods, which are less uncomfortable for them to vomit after the initiation of seasickness.

Although ginger has been reported as a treatment for motion sickness for many years, few trials show its effectiveness. [20, 21, 22] The literature on ginger for other forms of nausea is larger, but an analysis of these studies don’t not convincingly show any improvement compared to placebo. [23] The history behind ginger as a treatment is long, and some individuals may be helped if they believe in the treatment. [24]


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