At some point, everyone experiences a bout of nausea, that unsettling feeling in the pit of their stomach in which the thought of eating food is unfathomable. The reasons for queasy stomachs are many, including pregnancy, flu or food poisoning, motion sickness, certain medications, or overeating.  Here are six ways you can stop that unpleasant-fast.

1. Sit or lie down. Remaining still, especially by lying down, can sometimes give you quick relief from a queasy stomach.

2. Try ginger. Used as a common digestive aid in China for over 2,000 years, ginger is also routinely recommended by healthcare providers in the U.S. to help prevent or treat nausea from motion sickness, pregnancy, and chemotherapy. Try drinking ginger ale soda, swallowing ginger capsules or sucking on ginger candy for relief.

3. Drink fluids. Drinking a glass of flat Coca-Cola or ginger ale can ease stomach somersaults. Also try drinking one or two lukewarm cups of peppermint tea or juices served at room temperature. But stay away from milk and milk products, which can hinder digestion and aggravate problems.

4. Take over-the-counter medications. Some common over-the-counter antacids  can work wonders to soothe a queasy stomach. If your problem is motion sickness, certain anti-motion sickness drugs can help.

5. Eat crackers. Eating some very plain foods like several crackers or a small piece of bread can ease nausea, but too much can make you feel worse, so don't overdo it.

6. Try acupressure. Acupressure has been used for thousands of years in China for the treatment of nausea. Practitioners simply pressed a spot just below the wrist, known as the P6 point, until the nausea subsided. Acupressure is still widely practiced in China today. And research in this country has shown that acupressure reduced nausea in women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. To find your P6 point, place three fingers below the top crease in your wrist, right between the two tendons, and press down with your thumb until the nausea subsides. You can also try commercially sold acupressure wristbands, such as Acuband or Sea-Band.

When to See Your Doctor

 If you have repeated or prolonged bouts of nausea, especially when there's no obvious reason for it like the flu or food poisoning, see your doctor. But even if the reason is obvious, if your stomach queasiness doesn't go away after a day or two or if it's accompanied by a fever, make an appointment for a checkup.