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iVillage.com: What to Eat When: Food Fixes for Everyday Aches and Pains

You're Bloated and Gassy: Eat Ginger

Ginger is a time-honored remedy for motion sickness. A single 1,000 milligram dose (in supplement form) quells nausea for 72 percent of women -- making it as effective as Dramamine (but without this anti-nausea med’s sleepy side effects), say researchers at the University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH. What’s less well-known is that ginger is one of the most effective digestion-boosters ever discovered, say researchers at India’s Central Food Technological Research Institute. Their studies suggest enjoying two slices of candied ginger, one teaspoon of the fresh root or a cup of the herbal tea can soothe bloating, gassiness and other intestinal upsets in as little as 20 minutes -- and adding the same dose to your daily diet can cut your risk of abdominal cramping and constipation by as much as 40 percent. Credit ginger’s active ingredients -- gingerols and curcumin -- which speed the breakdown of proteins and fats and help dissolve gas bubbles, preventing painful muscle spasms in the intestinal wall.

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