7 Major Causes of Nausea
1. Fatty foods, sugars, and heavy meals make you nauseous quickly
If you have become nauseous, it is useful to see what you have eaten during the past day. A fatty meal, such as fries, kale with sausage, or pizza with 4 pieces of cheese can cause nausea because it is heavy on the stomach. It is a difficult meal for the digestive system to digest and requires a lot of energy.
In addition, starchy and sugar-rich foods are often the culprit and often cause nausea symptoms. These sugars cause the stomach and intestines to set up further, the blood sugar level goes in all directions and can therefore also cause an emotional swing. Flour products, such as white pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, and crackers can also be a cause.
Abdominal distention and rumbling bowels
Other complaints that often accompany nausea when eating starchy products is a bloated stomach and rumbling bowels. Sugar-rich foods, such as biscuits, chocolate, candy, chewing gum, mints, licorice, and soft drinks also play a major role in this. It can often help to cut down on flour products and limit sugars as much as possible. In the case of gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, gluten-free food is a must.
2. Nausea from overeating, emo eating, or chewing badly
If you eat too much and also suffer from a bloated stomach, you can also become nauseous. Your stomach will then stretch and your digestion will run at high speeds. In addition, people who overeat or emo-eat often have quite a fast pace at which they eat, which does not involve conscious chewing. Chunks of food that have not been crushed are swallowed like this. It also costs the digestive system extra work to digest the food.
3. Nausea from eating too little
You may also feel nauseous because you are hungry. I hear this often occurs in the morning after getting up. Do you recognize this in yourself? Then try to take some herbal tea (eg ginger tea ) and eat something light afterward. If nausea then goes away, you can take this into account from now on by eating and drinking something. Also, try to drink enough water or herbal tea throughout the day, but at the right times.
4. Eating at the wrong times and not feeling well
Eating at the wrong times, such as having breakfast when you are not hungry or eating snacks when you are tired, can make you feel unwell. I know many people who eat breakfast when they can hardly get a lump through their throat. A bit with the feeling: “I’ll just do it because it would be healthy.”
Do you usually eat your breakfast reluctantly? Then rather postpone breakfast until a moment when you are hungry. The English call breakfast a breakfast for nothing, the breaking of the fast. This doesn’t mean you should eat at 7:00 AM. You can put it off until 10 a.m. or even later if that’s when you get a good appetite.
5. Nausea is not always due to lactose, but rather to temperature
If you cannot tolerate lactose (milk sugar) well, you can also get nauseous from eating milk products. Fortunately, there are many lactose-free products on the market today, such as lactose-free milk, yogurt, cream, butter, or cottage cheese. Plant-based products such as unsweetened soy, almond, or coconut milk can also be used.
In many cases, it may seem that the lactose is causing your nausea, but it is often due to a completely different factor: the temperature. If you eat a bowl of yogurt directly after getting up in the morning that comes straight from the refrigerator, your digestion can take a serious hit. It must warm the yogurt from only 7 degrees Celsius to your body temperature (38 degrees).
In addition, with an empty stomach, there is nothing in your body yet, so you can experience even more severe complaints such as nausea and stitches in the stomach. It is better to drink some warm herbal tea first and remove the yogurt from the refrigerator half an hour in advance so that it can come to room temperature.
6. Feeling sick from eating something you don’t like
Do you ever eat or drink something that you actually don’t like at all? This can also cause you to feel nauseous. Your thoughts and feelings also play a major role in whether something goes well. You can tell yourself that you are going to eat avocado because it is good for you. If you are actually disgusted or afraid to eat this, because of the FODMAPs in this food, the brain sends a signal to the gut. This can also make you nauseous. Your senses also play a major role in this.
Just think of a sign in a restaurant. There they paid a lot of attention to how it looked and that makes the dish look more attractive. That is a bit different from the four brown sandwiches with cheese cut in the middle in a sandwich bag. Rather, make sure all your meals look attractive – including breakfast and lunch.
Using subtle, not too strong spices can also help flavor a dish. Keep in mind your personal preference. Remember, it’s perfectly normal to feel like something one day and not the next. Are you actually not looking forward to your breakfast anymore? Then try another breakfast, such as this gluten-free buckwheat pancake with nut butter and fruit, or download my 7 favorite gluten- and lactose-free recipes.
7. Eating restlessly and doing something else immediately after eating can make you nauseous
Do you always eat quickly and restlessly or do you do something else immediately after eating? This can also cause nausea. Digestion can only function properly when the body is at rest at that time; in the parasympathetic system. The moment you eat very restlessly, think about what you are going to do, and then immediately do something else, you are not at rest at all.
Your body is then correctly in the sympathetic nervous system; the part needed for the activity. Your body gives priority to this, so you can walk to the dishwasher to unload it or cycle to work. Food can then rise faster, you can suffer from a bloated stomach and nausea. Rather, take the time to eat and then stay at the table for another 10 minutes to lower your food. For example, you can do a breathing exercise or a body scan after eating to stay calm so your digestive system can do its job.