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Nausea and Fatigue: the Link

Nausea and fatigue are two very common symptoms, and can be directly linked to factors such as insufficient sleep, poor diet, lack of exercise, and high stress levels. Nausea can be described as general discomfort and queasiness of the stomach, with the possibility of vomiting. Fatigue is characterized by a lack of energy and feeling of exhaustion. This article further discusses the causes, links, and treatment options of nausea and fatigue.

Nausea and Fatigue: the Link1

Nausea

Nausea is a characterized by a queasy, upset feeling in the stomach, and a potential need to vomit. This sensation can last from a few minutes up to a few hours or longer. There are a variety of causes of nausea, including:

  • Motion sickness
  • Blocked intestines
  • Viral infections
  • Side effects of medication
  • Migraines
  • Food poisoning

When you feel nauseous, it is helpful to think back on previous meals or any other reasons for queasiness, such as having eaten something questionable or perhaps having forgotten to eat at all . Always read drug information if you are taking any prescription medications, as nausea is a common side effect.

Here are a few things to avoid that may trigger nausea:

  • Old or potentially spoiled food
  • Alcohol and coffee
  • Spicy or fried foods
  • Taking medication on an empty stomach

Eating small meals every few hours is recommended to prevent low blood sugar. Bland foods like bread without butter, rice, chicken soup, and bananas are easy to digest and mild on a sensitive or upset stomach.

Drinking ginger or chamomile tea is an effective and natural way to settle an unhappy gut. Over the counter medications like chewable or liquid antacids are also an effective method of treating nausea because they coat the stomach lining and neutralize stomach acid.

Fatigue

Fatigue refers to the feeling of tiredness or exhaustion that typically results from stress, depression, poor diet, dehydration, or lack of sleep and exercise. There are other psychological causes of fatigue such as emotional shock, dealing with bad news, or interpersonal conflict. Fatigue usually occurs when the body has to work harder than usual to carry out every day activities.Fatigue may be lessened or prevented by avoiding the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Extreme stress
  • Smoking

You can fight fatigue in a few simple ways such as getting sufficient rest, maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of exercise. Getting enough sleep is crucial to overall well-being and maintaining energy levels throughout the day. Taking a warm bath at night, reading, meditating, and limiting television and computer time before bed are all helpful tips for getting a good night's sleep.

Maintaining a healthy diet is key to beating fatigue because nutrients are what fuel the body and mind. It makes sense that if you eat junk food often, you will feel tired and sluggish. Eating small, healthy meals every few hours, and getting plenty of protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables will help boost energy levels throughout the day.

Regular exercise is another key factor in preventing excessive tiredness. It is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. This can include walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, yoga, or other activities. Getting regular exercise will not only energize your day, but also improve the efficiency of your heart, lungs, and muscles.

The Link

Generally speaking, nausea, and fatigue go hand in hand, especially when insufficient sleep, poor diet, dehydration, and lack of exercise are involved. When you feel nauseous, it can be physically draining and thus lead to exhaustion. Conversely, if you're fatigued, you are vulnerable to nausea from weakness and over-exertion. In cases of pregnancy or side effects from medication, fatigue and nausea typically accompany each other as part of the bigger picture.

These two are uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms that can affect anyone on a daily basis. Their causes can range anywhere from insufficient rest, medicinal side effects, poor nutrition, not enough physical activity, to food poisoning or pregnancy. Getting plenty of rest, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising regularly are simple, natural ways to eliminate fatigue and nausea from your daily life.

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Sources:
  • University of Maryland Medical Center. (20134). Fatigue. Retrieved on July 14, 2014 from https://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/fatigue
  • National Health Service UK. (2013). Why am I tired all the time? Retrieved on July 14, 2014 from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/why-am-I-tired.aspx