13 Feb Saying Goodbye to Seasickness: The Best Ways to Overcome Nausea at Sea
Seasickness is a common problem for many sailors, but it doesn’t have to ruin your sailing adventure. If you suffer from motion sickness, don’t worry; there are many ways to overcome it, and you can still enjoy your time on the water. In this article, we will explore some of the best ways to beat seasickness and ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable journey.
How to Avoid Becoming Seasick
- Stay Above Deck: Staying above deck and getting fresh air can help alleviate seasickness symptoms. Being in fresh air and sunlight can also help regulate your body clock and reduce feelings of nausea.
- Hydrate: Dehydration can make seasickness symptoms worse, so make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
- Eat Light: Eating a light meal before sailing and avoiding fatty and heavy foods can help reduce feelings of nausea.
- Ginger: Ginger has been known to be effective in reducing symptoms of motion sickness. You can take ginger in supplement form, or you can chew on ginger candy or drink ginger tea. Ginger Chews
- Acupressure Bands: Wearing acupressure bands can help relieve seasickness symptoms by applying pressure to the P6 (Nei-Kuan) acupoint on the wrist.
- Medications: Over-the-counter medications, such as Dramamine, can be effective in reducing symptoms of seasickness. For those who have had a more severe reaction to motion sickness, prescription medications such as Scopolamine may be necessary. Dramamine
One medication that has been effective for many sailors, including Kate, is Sturgeron otherwise known as Cinnarazine. It is used by the British Royal Navy, but unfortunately, Sturgeron is not available in the USA, but it is available in many other countries. If you are in the USA you may have to travel outside of the US to get it, we picked up ours in St. Maarten and Grenada, as unfortunately it has not been FDA approved for use in the USA. This does not mean it is unsafe, what we think it means is that there is more likely not enough money to be made for a drug company to put it through the lengthy and expensive approval process in the USA, so a great medication is unavailable to Americans simply because of politics, bureaucracy, and money.
In conclusion, seasickness is a common problem for many sailors, but it can be overcome with a few simple steps. Staying above deck, hydrating, eating light, taking ginger, wearing acupressure bands, or taking over-the-counter medications can all help alleviate symptoms. If you’re planning a sailing adventure, don’t let seasickness hold you back. With these tips, you’ll be able to beat nausea and enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable journey on the water.
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