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    Does traveling have your stomach in knots?

    Motion sickness is caused when the brain and central nervous system receive conflicting messages from the inner ear and eyes. This causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting and can also give you the sensation of moving when you're not.

    Because travelers often experience motion sickness when riding in a car, boat or airplane, it can also be referred to as seasickness, airsickness and carsickness.

    If motion sickness puts a damper on your travel plans, here are some tips to help avoid the problem:

    • When traveling by car, try to sit in the front seat and avoid reading.

    • When traveling by boat, try to sit in the middle section of the boat and keep your eyes on a stationary object.

    • When traveling by plane, try to request an aisle seat and focus your eyes on the chair in front of you. Ear plugs may also help alleviate the feelings of motion sickness.

    • Avoid unpleasant or strong odors. Unpleasant odors, such as exhaust from an engine or the smell of a strong perfume, can trigger an upset stomach.

    To Eat or Not to Eat?

    If you are prone to motion sickness, you may decide to hold off on eating before you travel. If you feel you shouldn't travel on an empty stomach, crackers and dry toast are highly recommended along with small sips of a non-carbonated beverage, like water.

    The Do's and Don'ts

    • Don't eat a heavy, greasy breakfast, such bacon, eggs and homefries.

    • Do eat light foods, such as toast and fruit, at least an hour before traveling.

    • Don't drink a lot of coffee, tea or alcohol.

    • Do keep yourself hydrated with water, juice, sports drinks or caffeine-free sodas.

    The next time you're traveling, remember these tips to help put you on your way to a great vacation.

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