Cola is often recommended as a home remedy for nausea. We explain the background for this recommendation, but also clarify whether cola is actually useful for nausea or problems with digestion.
Cola against nausea – the background
Cola is not only used as a soft drink. For example, you can use it as a home remedy for removing rust from knives.
- Cola is also often recommended for gastrointestinal problems and nausea. The background is that the drink is supposed to make you fit again if you are a little stricken.
- In fact, you get a short-term energy boost with cola.
- On the one hand, this is due to the high sugar content of the sweet drink. Sugar is an energy supplier.
- The caffeine in cola also has an effect.
- The energy boost makes them feel better in the short term. However, the effect on nausea is only subjective.
- The truth is that cola harms the body in many ways and may only make the problem worse.
This is how cola works in the body
You will notice the first effects of cola after just ten minutes. That’s about how long it takes for the sugar to get into the blood.
- Since cola contains a lot of sugar , the consumption of the drink itself can lead to nausea – depending on how much of it you drink. Too much sugar intake at once leads to nausea.
- Shortly thereafter, the body pours out a lot of insulin to get the sugar into the body’s cells. The body cannot use that much sugar at once. It ends up storing the energy in the form of fat.
- It takes about 40 minutes for the caffeine to kick in. You feel a little more awake and fitter.
- Shortly thereafter, drinking cola leads to an increased release of dopamine. Since dopamine is one of the happy hormones, your well-being increases.
- However, you will notice that you have to go to the toilet more often about an hour after drinking cola. Sugar is responsible for the increased urination. You also lose important electrolytes with your urine.
- With nausea, but especially with gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, fluid and electrolyte loss is exactly what you should actually avoid. On the contrary: Your body urgently needs both for gastrointestinal diseases, which are often accompanied by nausea.
Other home remedies for nausea better than cola
Nausea is not a disease, but often a side effect of gastrointestinal problems.
- So it is best to tackle the cause, i.e. the problems with the stomach or intestines.
- Keep your body hydrated. This can be still water or, even better, herbal teas. For example, you can also use ginger to combat nausea .
- Easily digestible and electrolyte-rich foods are also helpful. It’s best to eat a banana.
- If you give your stomach some work, the nausea will usually subside. In order not to burden the gastrointestinal tract as much as possible, rusks are recommended.
- If the nausea is accompanied by the urge to vomit, it helps to take a deep breath – preferably at an open window. The background to this is that by activating the breathing center you somewhat deactivate the vomiting center in the brain.