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Road Trip Health: Fending Off Car Sickness

If you're planning to squeeze one last road trip out of Summer, you might want to read up on car sickness. Motion sickness is actually quite common; about one third of the population experiences symptoms in relatively mild circumstances, like being on a boat in calm water. In fact, the word nausea means seasick in Greek. Motion sickness is basically a disagreement between your eyes and your inner ear. The inner ear recognizes motion, but the eyes don't, or vice versa, jumbling the brain and nausea ensues. No fun for any passenger to endure.

For some tips for fending off car sickness,


  • Don't look down: Keeping your focus on the horizon can definitely help keep your eyes and your inner ear in agreement. If you happen to be traveling with little ones, play the "I spy" game to keep them looking up and at the horizon. Watching DVDs will increase the confusion between senses, so don't pull out movies to entertain the wee ones. Try a book on tape instead.
  • Breathe some fresh air: Roll down the windows if it is not too hot. The fresh air can be soothing. Heat makes the symptoms worse, so do run the AC if you can.
  • Food and hunger: When road tripping your should avoid spicy and greasy foods. However, hunger can make the symptoms of nausea worse. Keep a mild snack like crackers around for munching to keep the unsettled stomach at bay. Clear sodas and sparkling water can help too.
  • Drive: Take over the wheel if you are prone to motion sickness. When you drive all your senses work together avoiding the disconnect between your eyes and ears.
  • Get out of the Car: Walking on firm ground will certainly quiet the symptoms. Take stops as frequently as you can.
  • Medicine: You can try an over the counter medication, like Dramamine, or an alternative medicine treatment like the PSI Band that works the anti-nausea pressure point.

If you are prone to car sickness please share how you prevent it in the comment section below. Happy travels!


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