Exercise-induced nausea

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Exercise-induced nausea is a feeling of sickness or vomiting which can occur shortly after exercise has stopped as well as during exercise itself. It may be a symptom of either over-exertion during exercise, or from too abruptly ending an exercise session. People engaged in high-intensity exercise such as aerobics and bicycling have reported experiencing exercise-induced nausea.


A study of 20 volunteers conducted at Nagoya University in Japan associated a higher degree of exercise-induced nausea after eating.[1]

Lack of hydration during exercise is a well known cause of headache and nausea.[2] Exercising at a heavy rate causes blood flow to be taken away from the stomach, causing nausea.[3]

Another possible cause of exercise induced nausea is overhydration. Drinking too much water before, during, or after extreme exercise (such as a marathon) can cause nausea, diarrhea, confusion, and muscle tremors.[4] Excessive water consumption reduces or dilutes electrolyte levels in the body causing hyponatremia.[4]

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  1. ^ Kondo, T.; Nakae Y; Mitsui T; Kagaya M; Matsutani Y; Horibe H (Apr 2001). "Exercise-induced nausea is exaggerated by eating". Appetite. 36 (2): 119–25. doi:10.1006/appe.2000.0391. PMID 11237347.
  2. ^ Ireland, Jae. "How to Avoid Exercise Induced Nausea and Vomiting". Advice Column. Livestrong.com. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Eating and Exercise: 5 tips to maximize your workout". Advice Column summarizing medical research. The Mayo Clinic. Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b Rosner, Mitchell H.; Tamara Hew-Butler (2010). "Exercise-associated hyponatremia". UpToDate. Wolters Kluwer. Retrieved 3 April 2013.

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