What to Eat to Cure Anything
What to Eat to Soothe Stomach PainYogurt
In a study at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who ate two 4.4-ounce servings of Activia yogurt daily for a month saw up to a 78 percent decrease in bloating. The yogurt contains probiotics -- good bacteria that help restore normal stomach and intestinal functioning.Fennel
Anethole, a substance in fennel leaves, seeds, and oil, is known to alleviate stomach cramping. It even helps colicky babies, says research from St. Petersburg Medical Academy of Postdoctoral Education in Russia.Ginger
Studies show that this root quashes nausea from motion sickness, morning sickness, and even chemotherapy by 30 percent. This may be because ginger reduces inflammation in the stomach, according to study author Julie Ryan, PhD.Peppermint Oil
Seventy-five percent of IBS patients had 50 percent fewer symptoms after taking two capsules containing 225 milligrams of peppermint oil twice a day for four weeks, say researchers at G. d'Annunzio University in Italy. The menthol in peppermint appears to soothe irritated intestinal muscles.Raspberries
Fiber, which is found in oats, vegetables, and fruits like raspberries, was more effective than a placebo in taming symptoms of IBS, according to a review of studies at McMaster University in Canada.Stomach-Soothing Recipe: Raspberries with Sweet Ginger-Mint Sauce
4 ounces plain low-fat yogurt
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon fresh chopped mint
1 cup raspberries
Mix yogurt with honey, ginger, and mint. Serve over berries.
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