It has been a few days of traveling and it has been awesome! We started off in Napier and I got a really cool hat. We then traveled down to Wellington and today we had to take a ferry to Picton. The weather was nasty and it was very choppy!
Now I must tell you that my motion sickness has been really low since I changed my diet and cut out dairy and gluten. I flew all the way to South Africa and back without any problems, so I really thought I would be fine today.
I wasn’t. It was nasty. I felt horrible. It was a particularly windy and choppy day, so the ferry was really going up and down heaps! I got all hot, shaky and couldn’t take my eyes off the horizon without feeling instantly close to the barf bag in my hand! From memory this was something I felt as a kid but certainly not this bad for years! Now I must also mention that it is that time of the month for me right now, so that doesn’t help things much either.
Now, I have always wondered why I had motion sickness…
I researched a few possible reasons and this is what I discovered. Our hormones are closely linked to the reaction of telling the brain to feel sick. See, motion sickness all relates to a perceived imbalance from our ears. The liquid in the ears moves and so the brain thinks there is a problem. So, I am theorizing that perhaps since changing my diet, I have less mucus or liquid in my body, so perhaps that is why it is much better. Just a theory. Naturally, it is always hormones (of different types) that send the messages to the brain. These and various enzymes.
So, what can we take to improve it?
- Sepia: this is a homeopathic remedy recommended for motion sickness related to PMS or hormone-related symptoms. (sounds like us!)
- Gingko biloba: apparently a 65% improvement on patients with vertigo
- Ginger: this is a preventative rather than a solution. Once it has set in, this unfortunately doesn’t work.