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Nausea and exercise
Our physical, mental, and emotional health can benefit from exercise in a variety of amazing ways.
But incorporating it into our schedules isn’t always simple. It’s crucial that we exercise for the right reasons and steer clear of any negative consequences. Ideally, we should enjoy working out and be physically capable of doing so.
Although it’s a somewhat typical adverse side effect of exercise, nausea can often be avoided. And let’s face it: On days when we don’t have much energy, lowering the likelihood that we will feel awful afterwards can make a huge difference.
In order to stretch your muscles and ease your heart rate into and out of target zones, you should warm up and cool down before and after a workout. Another justification is that abrupt starts or stops can make you queasy.
Starting or stopping physical activity abruptly can cause our organs to feel jarred, just like our muscles and joints, so always start slowly and make sure to cool down.
Usea can also occur while exercising because blood flow to the stomach and GI tract is diverted to the muscles we are using, which slows digestion and increases discomfort.
If you ate even two hours after working out, the decrease in blood flow to the GI tract may exacerbate the nausea and lightheadedness brought on by dehydration, frequently resulting in sickness as well.
Most people are aware of the need to avoid eating just before exercising. However, foods with a lot of fat and protein may take twice as long to digest as foods like toast or bananas. They are more likely to induce nausea because of this.
While staying hydrated is important, you also don’t want to overdo it. Your electrolyte balance is actually diluted by drinking too much water, which leads to hyponatremia, or low blood sodium levels. And you guessed it: This might make you feel queasy.
What’s the bottom line there? Before working out, avoid consuming excessive amounts of water, and eat foods that break down quickly a few hours beforehand.