Fruit, ice cream and other warm-weather treats are loaded with sugar that fuels the growth of intestinal bacteria. And that’s a prime cause of the gas, bloat and other GI issues that strike 50 million women in the summer, say UCLA scientists. The tasty Rx: sipping 8 oz. of peppermint tea after meals. In one study, doing so tamped down tummy troubles for up to 69 percent of women. The credit goes to peppermint’s menthol, which stalls the growth of gas-producing bacteria in the GI tract. Simply brew a large pot of peppermint tea, add honey and lemon to taste, then refrigerate. Serve on ice, with lemon, if desired.
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