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iVillage.com: Natural Ways to Prevent and Relieve Heartburn, Gas and Other Digestive Woes

Dawdle at Dinner

If you’re tempted to drag out a meal so you can get a break from your hectic life -- do it! People who take 30 minutes to eat their largest meal of the day are 32 percent less likely to be hit with indigestion, gassiness and heartburn compared to people who finish in less than 10 minutes, according to studies at Charleston’s Medical University of South Carolina. “Plus people who eat at a leisurely pace have less swallowed air, bloating, cramping and intestinal pain,” adds Gary Gitnick, M.D., chief of digestive diseases at the UCLA School of Medicine. “If you tend to eat quickly, just slowing down could completely change the quality of your life.” Can’t seem to break your speed-eating habit? Try dining in silence. UCLA studies suggest that people who turn off the TV and radio -- so they’re eating in a calm, quiet atmosphere -- naturally nosh at a more leisurely, tummy-soothing pace.

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