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

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Have a Glass of Peppermint Tea

It’s packed with 40 intestine-soothing natural plant compounds, and sipping three cups daily can reduce painful cramping and chronic bloating for up to 75 percent of women within 48 hours, say researchers at Canada’s McMaster University. Time it right by drinking 8 ounces half an hour before each meal. Peppermint tea can even prevent dyspepsia (that nasty upper-belly pain and bloating that can drag on for hours after meals), say the researchers. “Peppermint’s plant compounds can make you less prone to embarrassing bouts of flatulence, because they break up large gas bubbles in the intestines, plus stall the formation of new ones,” adds Dr. Gitnick, author of "Getting Well, Staying Well."

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