According to the AAA, the average American takes about 3.5 road trips each summer. You might cringe at that thought, however, if you are one of the more than 53 million Americans who experience some type of motion sickness, which typically includes queasiness in the car. This car sickness occurs when there is a disagreement between what your eyes perceive as movement and what your vestibular system (the system that creates your body’s balance, which includes your inner ear) senses as movement.
However, you shouldn’t let this stop you from hitting the open road. Here are some quick tips to help your belly while you’re buckled up:
1. If possible, sit in the front seat and look at the horizon. Keeping a fixed view on the horizon can confirm your system’s detection of motion and resolve the confusion that often causes car sickness. (Due to safety concerns, children should not sit in the front seat unless they are the proper age and weight/size per the airbag restrictions).
2. Avoid foods that generally “don’t agree with you” or make you feel overly full. Rest stops are filled with fast food, but heavy, greasy, spicy or fat-rich foods can actually worsen car sickness.
3. Snack often on small, low-fat meals along the way. Pack a small cooler or bag of snacks to keep with you in the car. Even if you are nauseous, an empty stomach is not a solution.
4. Studies have shown that continuous pressure to the P6 acupressure point (located about three finger widths down from the inside of each wrist) can alleviate symptoms of nausea caused from car sickness. Sea-Band wrist bands apply this method of acupressure through a plastic stud on the inside of each elastic band to trigger the P6 Nei-Kuan pressure point and are a go-to drug-free solution to have on-hand for any road trip. They come in both adult and children’s sizes and area available in stores nationwide.
5. Taking breaks not only gives you a chance to stretch your legs, but also provides a nice break from constant motion.
6. Avoid reading, gaming or watching TV inside the car. As tempting as it is to occupy time (especially on a long trip), fixing eyes on a screen or page leads the mind to believe you are still, however bumps, sways and changes in velocity from the car cause a disconnect and often result in that all-too-familiar aura of nausea. Audiobooks and music is a better option when you take the show on the road.
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