5. Eat Like a Kid For a Change
America is so twisted in the way they proportion food nowadays, that you could be given a whole truckload of pasta and you would think that the portion was still too small. A great tip to keep yourself from getting too nauseous after meals is to make them smaller. This doesn’t mean you have to cut out all of your favorite foods, but for example, instead of eating an entire pizza, maybe make 6-8 pizza rolls. These smaller bites will keep the food keep your digestive system working more efficiently so the acid doesn’t build up. Feel no shame in ordering off the kids menu and getting smaller portion sizes, because trust me, both your stomach and your waste line will thank you.
4. The Stranger the Food, the Better
There are so many crazy medical things out there that can help cure your nausea, but there are also some whacky home remedies that myself, along with some other crazies out there, swear by. You can mix one tablespoon of baking soda in with your water (baking soda is a base and therefore balances out the acid in your stomach); you can eat raw almonds, which also reduces your pH level; drink aloe vera juice or if you’re not into the whole drinking plant juice thing, you can always settle for chamomile tea. My personal favorite is anything ginger: ginger snaps, ginger tea, ginger ale, etc. Ginger roots have been used by the Chinese to alleviate nausea for thousands of years, so I have to believe this works.
3. Pretty in Pink
The holy grail of pink beverages (besides a Cosmopolitan): Pepto Bismol. This bubble-gum colored drink will coat your esophagus with bismuth subsalicylate and keeping acidic fluids from reaching your digestive system. Invented in 1901 under the name “Bismosal: Mixture Cholera Infantum,” the popular acid-relief medication helps reduce inflammation and irritation of the stomach as well as the intestinal lining. Take a tablespoon of this every hour to an hour and a half, but don’t be too alarmed if your tongue turns black. It’s a harmless side effect but it does give your mouth a terrifying “black hole” effect…
2. Emily’s Mexican Hangover Cure
This is probably the oddest of all nausea remedies I have for acid reflux. Many doctors advise staying away from carbonation, but for me, burping helps relieve the pressure and pain of being nauseous. I learned this trick when I was on a booze-fueled bender in Mexico during on wacky winter break and could not stop vomiting up Long Island Ice Teas behind my parent’s backs. A staff member at the hotel mixed me a concoction of seltzer water, lime and salt in an attempt to settle the acid in my stomach and burp my way to a nausea-free day. It worked! It is absolutely my miracle cure for a nasty hangover or a bad acid-reflux day. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have any seltzer water or fresh lime, go ahead and use Sprite and salt instead. It’ll probably taste better anyway.
1. Get the D
Get your mind out of the gutter, I mean the vitamin D! There are plenty of ways you can make this happen, like getting plenty of sun (while using protection, of course) and taking vitamin D supplements. Once your vitamin D levels are optimized, your body will help reduce infections and keep your antimicrobial peptides (translation: the proteins that kill bad bacteria) working efficiently to keep you healthy.