Nausea is a famous symptom of early pregnancy, overeating, or the stomach flu. Oh, and don’t forget about that hangover-induced nausea, which has inspired many a sufferer to swear off a particular drink forever. (Fireball, I’m looking at you.) But these aren’t the only reasons you feel sick to your stomach, and there are some surprising reasons you're nauseous that have nothing to too with too much booze or a baby in your stomach. Mental health disorders, hormonal changes, or even that venti cup of coffee may leave some people feeling queasy.
So if you occasionally feel nauseous but aren’t sure about the reason, one of these weird causes may be to blame. Some of the triggers are just a normal part of the body’s responses to infections or other maladies — even a drop in blood sugar. But some people may feel nauseous as a response to certain medications or too many energy drinks.
And of course, if your nausea is particularly debilitating, or it appears to be the symptom of a more concerning condition, have a chat with your physician to get to the root of your problem. It may be related to a treatable infection or other health problem that your doctor can help address. You don’t have to chug bottles of Pepto in silence. Here’s to a brighter future with fewer gastrointestinal upsets.