Someone that I love deeply has porphyria and really bad problems with nausea, to the point of not being able to keep food down. I’ve been doing some research & making suggestions; but, I don’t have first hand experience with this, in that I can eat just about anything, without nausea problems.
Please comment if you have any suggestions.
What I came up with:
Help from Food (from http://www.thebody.com/content/art5028.html ):
Consider the following tips to help manage nausea. These suggestions have worked for others.
- Leave dry crackers by your bed. Before getting out of bed in the morning, eat a few and sit in bed for a few minutes.
- Sip cool, not cold, carbonated drinks, like ginger ale, 7-Up, Sprite or cola. Sounds like you are on to something, with the seltzer water.
- Try some peppermint, chamomile or ginger tea — they may calm the stomach.
- Avoid hot, spicy, strong-smelling and greasy foods that might upset your stomach.
- Eat foods at room temperature or cooler; hot foods may add to nausea.
- Try using capsules of ginger root powder, available at health food stores.
- Fresh ginger, lightly cooked or juiced with fruits or vegetables like carrots or apples, is great to add to the diet, and may be as effective as dried ginger.
- Try the BRAT Diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast).
- Prevent dehydration during bouts of nausea by drinking small amounts of clear and cool beverages every fifteen minutes or so. Then gradually work your way back up to normal eating by taking small sips of water every several minutes. Increase the intake until you can tolerate a small meal.
- If you vomit, replace fluids with broth, carbonated beverages, juice, Jell-O or Popsicles.
From a conglomeration of searches, with some comments. One good site is British Porphyria Association (http://www.porphyria.org.uk/?page_id=223 ); folks in Europe tend to have a bit more knowledge about porphyria, as you are probably well aware.
- Eat small & often
- Avoid acid foods (like oranges, grapefruit) ** ooops on the grapefruit juice last nite.
- Avoid coffee & (typical) tea
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid processed foods; eat as much natural foods as possible.
To soothe nausea:
- Peppermint green tea with ginger extract drops – any kind of peppermint is supposed to help with nausea & digestion. I drink peppermint tea & eat York Peppermint Patties.
- Mint tea, or chewing on mint is supposed to help.
- Ginger, ginger tea, ginger ale, gingersnap cookies, pickled ginger (comes with sushi) – one note, I’ve put ginger in that “unknown, but concerned about category”, for me. It could have been something else bothering me; but it has been eliminated just in case.
- Nuts (use glucose to balance protein)
- Chicken broth
- Basil leaves in hot water…should just call it basil tea
- Fresh pineapple…first thing in the morning & right before bed
Easy to eat foot:
- Apples, bananas
- Rice pudding
Generally used for nausea; but, may be an issue to you:
- Dry, somewhat overdone toast
- Saltine crackers
- Low fat Triscuits