Picnics, barbecues, road trips… our favorite summertime activities involve lots of yummy food! So the last thing we want is to have a fun day disrupted by digestive mishaps. Luckily, these fixes end summer GI hassles fast.
Halt heartburn with marshmallow sips.
The next time a summer indulgence makes heartburn flare, pour yourself a tall glass of iced marshmallow tea. This mild, refreshing brew (Buy on Amazon, $9.45) contains a rare plant compound (mucilage) that coats, soothes and protects irritated throat tissues, ending heartburn in as little as two minutes, say scientists at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
Banish a bellyache with sunshine.
Turns out calming abdominal pain is as easy as stepping out your door! Cornell researchers say soaking up a little sun cuts digestive distress by 60 percent in 15 minutes — and daily sun exposure prevents stomach aches for 66 percent of women studied! Endocrinologist Michael Holick, MD, explains that when your skin is exposed to UV light, it produces vitamin D-3, a nutrient that tamps down painful intestinal inflammation and stimulates the formation of digestion-enhancing hormones.
Quiet car sickness with alcohol wipes.
Traffic or twisty roads trigger queasiness? The cure may already be in your purse! Canadian researchers say inhaling the sharp, distinctive smell of disinfecting wipes’ isopropyl alcohol calms the brain’s nausea center, ending car sickness for up to 75 percent of people in one minute. Simply hold an alcohol wipe near your nose and breathe slowly and deeply for one minute.
Cure constipation with this herb.
Triphala is a popular ancient remedy for sluggish bowels, and Indian studies suggest that taking one teaspoon of this powder (Buy on Amazon, $8.99) mixed with 12 ounces of water relieves constipation within 30 minutes, plus cuts the risk of future discomfort by 45 percent if you take it daily. As gastroenterologist Pete Rathi, MD, explains, its fruit extracts (amla and haritaki) act as gentle digestive-tract stimulants.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.