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

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Zone Out After Meals

If you’re prone to belly pain, bloating or other uncomfortable symptoms after meals, try relaxing in a comfy chair after eating. For five minutes, sit and visualize your symptoms gradually disappearing. Spending a few minutes daily picturing a positive, pain-free outcome helps up to 89 percent of women soothe bellyaches in as little as one week, say UCLA researchers. That’s because a post-meal serenity break switches on your enteric nervous system, a specialized group of nerves that nourishes your digestive tract, plus secretes the hormones your intestines need to function at their peak, explains Brasco, co-author of "Restoring Your Digestive Health."

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