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How to Prevent Seasickness

Seasickness is a result of a conflict in the inner ear, where the human balance mechanism resides, and is caused by a vessel’s motion on the water. Inside the cabin of a rocking boat, for example, the inner ear detects changes in both up-and-down and side-to-side acceleration as one’s body bobs along with the boat. But, since the cabin moves with the passenger, one’s eyes register a relatively stable scene. Agitated by this perceptual incongruity, the brain responds with a cascade of stress-related hormones that can ultimately lead to nausea, vomiting, and vertigo.


1) Stay on deck, even if it’s raining, because the fresh air is often enough to speed recovery. The closed-in quarters below deck magnify the vessel’s motion and worsen symptoms.


2) Maintain your fluid intake. Seasickness and related medications cause dehydration and headaches. Drink water, low-acidity juices like apple and carrot, or clear soup, and avoid milk and coffee.


3) Green Apple and ginger. If you start to feel any nausea, eat a Green Apple or a piece of ginger. Green Apple will give you a 30 minute break before you vomit. Then in that period you take a Seasickness medicine. Remember GREEN APPLE (not a red apple).


4) Carry a plastic bag. This simple approach allows for peace of mind by eliminating some of the panic of getting seasick. If you have to vomit "over the side,” though, check the direction of the wind and waves. Staying leeward (the side of the ship that’s sheltered from the wind) will ensure that an unpleasant experience doesn’t get even worse.


5) Consider an over-the-counter medication to prevent or minimize motion sickness. A dose is usually recommended about an hour prior to setting sail, and as needed at sea. These medications tend to be dehydrating, though, so drink plenty of water.


6) And don’t be embarrassed for getting seasick. Many people do—including seasoned travelers, professional fishers, sailors, and marine scientists.




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