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* Your goal: Get out gas, a by-product of digestion and a major cause of bloating. Experts recommend doing slow bicycle crunches or climbing stairs. Exercises that contract and release abs get your bowels moving, easing out gas and waste, experts say. Other helpers, from Robynne Chutkan, M.D., founder of the Digestive Center for Women in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and author of Gutbliss: Sip tea made with crushed fennel seeds (about 1/2 teaspoon per cup of water), which can relax the gastrointestinal (GI) system, or down a gas-busting OTC simethicone tablet.
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* Eat more (yes, more) fiber: "As it moves through the GI tract, fiber absorbs water, pushes waste through and clears passageways, allowing gas to escape," Dr. Chutkan explains. Most of us get only 15 grams a day of the 25 g recommended for women, so eat your share. Space it through the day, so it doesn't hit you all at once.
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