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You know that queasy feeling, the one that warns you that you’re definitely going to be sick? Soon, you’re rushing to the closest restroom, and your nausea turns to vomiting. Throwing up the contents of your stomach is something everyone’s likely experienced, and there are lots of different causes for this unpleasant symptom. Food poisoning can make you vomit, as can motion sickness, pain, viral gastroenteritis (aka stomach flu), pregnancy, medications, excessive alcohol, and even extreme shock or grief. In some cases, chronic vomiting can be a sign of an underlying illness, including neurological or GI conditions. People with celiac disease, for instance, experience vomiting along with other chronic GI woes. It’s also common with migraines, food intolerances, and other issues that may be mechanical or anatomic. Vomiting can cause dehydration, so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! After a bout, make sure you replenish with lots of water, as soon as you can stand it. If you’re riding waves of nausea, try to settle your stomach with peppermint, chamomile, or ginger. The antihistamine meclizine, sold under the brand names Bonine and Dramamine, can be a godsend to those who are susceptible to motion sickness. If vomiting is something you experience frequently, make sure you talk to your practitioner. In addition to these holistic and over-the-counter remedies, there are also prescription meds that can help. Nausea and vomiting definitely aren’t comfortable, so we’re all for seeking a solution!

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