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

Eat Rye Bread

At least 15 percent of Americans -- and twice as many women than men -- struggle with constipation. But munching on whole-grain rye bread relieves constipation more effectively than laxatives. Plus, it prevents future flare-ups, too, according to researchers at Finland’s University of Helsinki. The credit goes to rye’s arabinoxylan -- dietary fiber that improves your belly’s ability to keep food moving at a reasonable clip. The study subjects enjoyed seven slices daily -- but just trading your usual dose of bread for whole-grain rye can do the trick. “If your grocery store doesn’t carry this healthy option, stock up at the nearest bakery, instead,” suggests Joanne Slavin, Ph.D., a professor of food science at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

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