Speedy re­lief from stom­ach woes

From the stress of prep­ping to the joy of eat­ing, it’s no won­der six in 10 of us bat­tle GI up­set at hol­i­day time. But whether you’re prone to heart­burn, con­sti­pa­tion or a mish­mash of belly both­ers, there’s a proven rem­edy!

Woman's World - - Contents - —Brenda Kearns

Prone to heart­burn? Sip min­eral wa­ter

Hold off on the pricey heart­burn reme­dies—sip­ping a 10-oz. glass of min­eral wa­ter is of­ten just as ef­fec­tive! Ger­man re­searchers say this strat­egy ends heart­burn flares in as lit­tle as 10 min­utes for 79% of women. As study co-au­thor An­dre Beer, M.D., ex­plains, mag­ne­sium­rich min­eral wa­ter neu­tral­izes stom­ach acid that’s splashed up into the esoph­a­gus, plus soothes ir­ri­tated throat tis­sue.

Gassy or burpy? Snack on gin­ger

When your body re­leases enough di­ges­tive en­zymes, you can han­dle even heavy hol­i­day meals with­out get­ting burpy or gassy. And can­died gin­ger helps that hap­pen! Cana­dian re­searchers say this spicy-sweet treat brims with a com­pound

(zin­gibain) that en­cour­ages di­ges­tiveen­zyme re­lease, cut­ting gas by as much as 55% if you eat a piece be­fore meals.

Trou­ble go­ing? Touch your toes!

A lit­tle move­ment can be pow­er­ful medicine! Sim­ply take 15 min­utes to stretch daily and you’ll cut your risk of con­sti­pa­tion by as much as 75%, say UCLA re­searchers. Joseph Brasco, M.D., coau­thor of Restor­ing Your Di­ges­tive Health, ex­plains that even short bouts of gen­tle move­ment stim­u­late the in­testi­nal mus­cle con­trac­tions that help us stay reg­u­lar.

Stom­ach cramps? Try this yeast

A unique form of yeast called Sac­cha­romyces bou

lardii acts like a gen­tle pro­bi­otic— and it’s so pow­er­ful that Univer­sity of Kansas re­searchers say tak­ing one cap­sule daily can cut cramps, bloat and di­ar­rhea flares by as much as 75%. A brand to try: Now Foods Sac­cha­romyces Boulardii (iherb.com). Note: Check with your doc­tor be­fore tak­ing sup­ple­ments.

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