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iVillage: Best Natural Remedies From Around the World

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In Germany: Chamomile Tea Beats Bloating

It started as a simple German folk remedy, but science now proves its effectiveness. According to Stanford University researchers, sipping two cups of this soothing brew daily helps ease bloating and belly pain within 24 hours. Chamomile calms the adrenals, reducing their production of cortisol -- a stress hormone that’s notorious for sabotaging digestion and triggering gas formation, belly spasms and painful spasms, explains Dr. Balch.

According to a study in the "Journal of Pharmacological Sciences," sipping chamomile tea can rev up your brain’s production of enkephalins -- painkilling hormones that also help chase away blue moods.

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