Nausea After Eating: Causes and Over-the-Counter Treatments

Nausea After Eating

Imagine you’re on a candle light dinner, with romantic background music and amazing ambiance. What a wonderful, relaxing setting! Then as you finish eating your sumptuous meal, you feel the sensation of… urgh.. throwing up! Nausea after eating can ruin even the most delicious dinner! It can be bothersome at the least, or worse, be a cause for worry. If you’re wondering what causes nausea and what you can do about it, read on.

What causes nausea after eating?

Nausea is that unpleasant and annoying feeling that you want to throw up. Feeling nauseated shortly after a meal may be a result of various causes. Nausea after eating may range from mild and temporary to severe and can pose a serious health condition.

Here are some common causes of nausea after eating:

  • Food poisoning
  • Viral gastroenteritis
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Appendicitis
  • Gall stones
  • Stress and anxiety
  • GERD or Acid reflux
  • Dyspepsia or indigestion
  • Food allergies
  • Psychiatric or psychological factors
  • Hormonal changes, like in pregnancy
  • Improper eating habits/ frequency
  • Headache syndromes such as migraine
  • Motion sickness
  • Cardiac problems
  • Medication or substance overuse

Depending on the cause and severity, you may need immediate medical intervention. For mild to moderate bouts of nausea though, there are simple remedies and over-the-counter medications you can take to ease the symptoms.

Home Remedies and Tips for Nausea

There are several remedies for nausea after aeting that are easily available. Some people may add a spoonful of lactic acid to their diet before meals. You can also try using apple cider vinegar.

If your nausea is caused by viruses such as gastroenteritis, you may opt for sports beverages that contain electrolytes. Drinking a cold glass of water can ease the sensation too. Chewing gum, or taking mints, ginger ale, ginger gum, or ginger candy may help as well. These items are quite easy to find and are effective, too.

There are also things you can do to prevent and alleviate those awful waves of nausea. Try eating foods that are not too hot. It’s actually preferable to eat meals that are at room temperature. You should also avoid drinking beverages while eating a meal and eating large quantities of food in one sitting. You may also want to avoid foods that are hard to digest like fatty, creamy and spicy foods.

Most importantly, know what irritants trigger your nausea after eating. They can be the smell of perfumes, strong chemicals or cigarette smoke. An unpleasant ambiance or eating in an uncomfortable body position can also cause poor digestion resulting in feeling sick and nauseous.

Over-the-Counter Meds for Nausea

There are over-the-counter medications to help ease nausea after eating. Medications like meclizine and dimenhydrinate help block out the feeling of wanting to throw up. Bismuth subsalicylate works well as it helps settle and protect the stomach. These medicines are available in tablet or liquid form.

If you’ve been experiencing nausea after eating and if it bothers you a lot, you can opt to take an over-the-counter medication to make you feel better.

If your nausea comes with other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, it may be best to see your doctor.

if you pregnant and experiencing nausea, read our post about how to ease nausea during pregnancy.