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Seasickness can turn any exciting water adventure into a nightmare. Seasickness presents itself in a variety of very unpleasant ways such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and an overall feeling of malaise. People who have a tendency towards motion sickness are more likely to suffer from seasickness, however it can strike anyone.

When it comes to treating seasickness, the best defense is a good offense. Taking certain precautions before getting out on the water can make a world of difference. Some of the most successful preventative measures:

Try to get a good night's sleep

Don't drink alcohol beforehand

Eat a healthy meal, try to avoid greasy food

Drink plenty of water

Take prescription or over the counter motion sickness medicine

Eat ginger, a natural seasickness medicine

Place motion sickness patches behind the ear

Acupressure bracelets

If you find yourself out on the water without a chance to prepare, there are a few things that can relieve symptoms a little and make the boat ride more pleasant.

Stay close to the middle of the boat where there is less movement

Look at the horizon

Do not lie or sit down

Stay up on deck, and try to avoid confined spaces

Keep busy to take mind off of the sickness

Sleep on back

Sip water or eat fruit to stay hydrated

Eat soda crackers to help upset stomach

Avoid fumes from boat if possible

Motion sickness medicine can help after the onset of symptoms

Taking a few simple preventative measures before going out can mean the difference between having an enjoyable time on the water and spending your boat ride hanging over the side.



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