How to avoid carsickness this summer

carsicknessTaking a trip can be exciting and quite an adventure, but for people who get carsickness, it might not be that way. For many of us summertime is the ideal time of the year where we take those road trips we were planning. Sometimes, the journey, far from looking like fun, can be altered into one of the worst moments of the holiday, especially for people who are susceptible to motion sickness. Surely, if you yourself do not get carsick, very likely you probably have more than a friend who is always nauseous and dizzy when you are travelling, especially in roads that have plenty of constant turns and other curvy roads. Here are some useful ways to prevent motions sickness.

Carsickness occurs more frequently in children between two and 12 years of age (very rarely it happens to children before this age), but this condition is not exclusive to children, there are also many adults suffer from this problem. According to experts it can affect to a greater or lesser degree to a 15% of the population. Some experts claim that this condition can affect even a much larger population of adults. This condition keeps a lot of us from riding a roller coaster or a Ferris wheel, but it also makes a long car trip a grueling experience.

The dizziness experienced by people who get carsick is a profound sense of unease, which is fundamentally accompanied by nausea and, in severe cases, vomiting. This discomfort t only disappears when the motion that causes it stops. Motion sickness, which is defined as a dizziness caused by the movement, it has a lot to do with the ear, since it is triggered in the vestibular system, whose receiver is the back of the inner ear. Also sometimes, dizziness can occur by visual stimulation and sometimes, by the permanence in poorly ventilated enclosed spaces.

Fortunately there are ways to prevent and minimize the effects of carsickness, and by following these tips.

1-First, to help your stomach from becoming unstable be careful with the food that you eat before taking a long trip. Avoid heavy, fat-rich, spicy foods. It is advised that you also do not drink any alcohol before taking a long trip (It goes without saying that it goes double if you are getting behind the wheel. NEVER drink and drive).

2-Avoid strong and thick food odors, this will help you prevent feeling nauseous.

3-Try to find a seat where you will feel the least amount of motion. If you are flying, that area will be near the wing of the plane, if you are traveling by boat, that would be the lower cabins near the center of the ship, and if you are traveling in a car the front seat is the best location in the car.

4-Sit facing forward, do not face backwards the direction you are traveling.

5-If you are prone to motion sickness do not try to read when travelling, it could only worsen you carsickness.

6-Try to fix you sights to a fixed point into the horizon, it might take some practice but this can help you minimize the effects of motion sickness. It also works if you are riding a boat as well.

7-If possible open a window or try to be near a source of fresh air, it will diminish the feeling of nausea.

9-Motion sickness has also a psychological aspect to it, as in many circumstances just to hear people talking about it can make you become ill.

10-If you are prone of suffering from severe motion sickness, follow all the previous recommendations, but also feel free to aiding yourself with some OTC medication for nausea relief. This type of medications in perfectly safe and it does help mitigate the sensation of carsickness.

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