What Is Vomiting?
Vomiting is the forceful ejection of the contents of the stomach back out through the throat and mouth in order to rid itself of harmful substances in the stomach. Vomiting can be extremely forceful; projectile vomiting can hurl the contents of the stomach several feet from the mouth in a high-pressure torrent that leaves the unfortunate sufferer in a state of shock and distress.
Cause and Effect
Anything which causes vomiting is described as an emetic. Blood emptying into the stomach can cause extreme irritation of the stomach lining as the digestion of blood results in a highly acidic mixture, which is strongly emetic. This can happen as the result of varicose veins in the oesophagus (oesophageal varices). When these rupture and bleed into the stomach, the stomach reacts with a sharp contraction and hurls the extra-vascular blood out through the mouth. This torrent of vomited blood is extremely dramatic and alarming.
Some other common causes include the side-effects of chemotherapy, motion sickness, gastroenteritis, migraines and over-indulgence of alcohol. If vomiting persists, medical advice should be sought as it could be a signal of something more serious.
Vomiting often accompanies food poisoning as the body attempts to evacuate the toxic material from the body (usually through both ends as it employs diarrhoea also). Salt water is an emetic and is sometimes used to induce vomiting if something toxic or poisonous has been swallowed (such as a child ingesting its parent’s prescribed tablets).
Morning sickness is the spontaneous vomiting on an empty stomach first thing in the morning as the person attempts to arise from bed. Medical science has not yet identified the cause of this unpleasant symptom but it normally subsides after the third month of pregnancy.
What to Avoid
Avoid solid food while feeling nauseous and vomiting.
What to Include
Ginger – Clinical studies have found that ginger can be effective in nausea and vomiting, due to its anticholinergic and antihistamine actions. Peppermint was also shown to be effective.
Herbal teas – Good for hydration and can also be beneficial remedies. Ginger, fennel, clove and mint will be effective and help calm the stomach.
Water – To stay hydrated, sip water to begin with, increasing the amount as and when you feel you can.
The Juice Recipes
The Ginger Shot – taken from Jason Vale’s Super Juice Me! 28-Day Juice Plan
1 small or ½ large apple
Simply juice the ingredients and knock back!
The Digestive Aid – taken from the Funky Fresh Juice Book
1 small handful mint
Juice everything except the mint. Chop the mint finely, add to the juice and stir.
Please note, it is impossible to give a definitive list as what supports one person can be a trigger food or allergen for another. You must stay your own juice detective at all times and listen to how your own body responds to certain foods and always consult with your healthcare provider when making changes to your diet which may affect your medication. Please be aware that we are not doctors, so it is important to consult with your GP or medical practitioner BEFORE making any changes to your diet. The suggestions above are not meant as an alternative to any current medical treatment so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are on. They are also not an endorsement of their effectiveness, or a recommendation that they should be followed but instead, are provided for informational purposes. None of the information on the Natural Juice Therapy site is intended or implied to treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease.