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5 Foods to Tame a Troubled Tummy Instead of Pepto-Bismol

Hippocrates, the grand-daddy of medical awesomeness, once said "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

Generally sound advice, but what if the epicenter of all things food in your body is what ails you? If you have a bellyache, you may not be all that into chowing down, but listen to Hippocrates: the dude knew what he was talking about. Here are five foods guaranteed to easy your achy belly.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Heartburn Away

If the acid that lives in your stomach just doesn't want to stay put, it's time to grab yourself a red delicious, or granny smith, or whatever apple you happen to favor. Apples have alkalizing properties, which can help stabilize the ph of your overly acidic digestive tract. If apples are out of season grab Musseman's Organic Unsweetened Applesauce—the only ingredients involved are apples and water.

Ease Your Quease with Ginger

If your stomach can't seem to stay still, you need more ginger in your life. In fact, a study in the British medical journal, Lancet, found ginger was more effective than Dramamine in reducing motion sickness. Whether you're land locked or lost at sea, if you're feeling queasy try boiling some ginger in water for a fresh ginger tea, or chew on a Gin Gin Ginger Chew from Gingerpeople. We don't usually recommend candy, but these chewable stomach savers are 20 calories a piece and are made from ginger, sugar, and tapioca—all perfectly pronounceable ingredients.

Upchuck the Boogie with Bananas

If you've been, umm, evacuating your stomach's contents from the northern or southern ends of your body, you're most likely dehydrated. Up your potassium levels by eating a banana—it will help replenish your body's water content. Or, if chewing seems like too much work try coconut water, like Vita Coco's Pure Coconut Water. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes and a single serving has more potassium than a banana.

Problem Solve with Papaya

If you're feeling a little backed up, forget prunes and find yourself some papaya. Papaya is a natural source of the enzymes papain and chymopapain; miracle workers when it comes to aiding digestion, easing indigestion and putting constipation behind you. No papaya in the produce aisle? Try Lakewood Organic Papaya Juice, a blend of apple and papaya juices.

Calm Butterflies with Chamomile

If nerves are at the root of your stomach woes, your bellyache will most likely be short-lived, but while it lasts you can sip yourself soothed by drinking chamomile tea. More than just an old wives tale, chamomile, according to recent studies, not only has anti-inflammatory properties, but can also be used as a mild muscle relaxant and sedative. Try Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile for a less herbal flavor.

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