Beat the bloat Five ways to swerve a stomach ache By Holly Sands 17 November 2015 1 Activated charcoalYour go-to guy. Take two powder tablets or gel capsules (which also contain peppermint oil) with breakfast and again with dinner.2 Peppermint teaGo for the pure mint variety (without regular tea leaves). Sip throughout the day to aid digestion. 3 Fennel seedsThere’s a reason why these aniseed-flavoured seeds are offered after a meal in many Indian restaurants. They’re a great natural digestive aid. SIMILAR ARTICLES Treat(ment)s for two Why you need the Dyson Supersonic™ Spa session and afternoon tea at Palace Downtown Sanjeev Krishna Yoga in Dubai 4 The BRAT ruleBattling stomach cramps? Stick to the BRAT rule when you need to eat (that’s plain bananas, rice, apple sauce or toast).5 Know what to avoidSkip gassy foods and drinks (broccoli and cola, among many others) and be aware of the foods that set you off – the effects can last for days.