Nausea and vomiting are some of the most common symptoms, especially as a side effect of chemotherapy. Nausea can cause unpleasant sensations in the stomach, make you feel sick and, in turn, lead to vomiting. Vomiting is caused by strong contractions of the stomach muscles, which cause the stomach contents to rise.
The intensity, frequency, and timing of the onset of nausea or vomiting are variable and individual and depend on many factors, such as prescribed drugs, dosage, and individual susceptibility.
Breathe deeply and slowly and wait for the discomfort to subside before eating anything.
When eating, it may be useful to leave the window open to let fresh air in or to use a fan to reduce odours and promote a feeling of freshness.
After meals, sitting or lying down with the upper part of the body straight for up to an hour may help avoid nausea or vomiting.
Cold foods give off fewer bothersome smells than hot food, so they may be better tolerated: pasta salads, sandwiches, cold soups, homemade ice creams, etc.
Avoid certain sauces, aromatic herbs, hot spices, etc., as they may promote nausea.
Ginger and mint can have a calming effect on nausea. Either fresh or powdered, both can be added to herbal teas, ice cubes, jellies, ice cream, popcorn or on top of foods such as bread, salads, pasta or in cooked dishes.
Dry foods are generally better tolerated. For example, toast, crackers, breadsticks, rice and corn cakes, nuts, banana chips, dried coconut, etc.
Mix the juice of two lemons, a tablespoon of honey, a dessert spoon of sea salt and a dessert spoon of bicarbonate of soda in a litre of water. When these ingredients dissolve, leave in the fridge until cool.