Does your stomach ever rebel when you eat a spicy Mexican meal, etc? Next time your stomach gives you a hard time after a spicy meal, try eating some peppermint. Now this needs to be something with actual peppermint in it and not just peppermint flavoring. A study published in the journal Pain a couple of years ago says that peppermint can soothe abdominal discomfort. A cooling agent called icilin activates a receptor in the colon that desensitizes the area. Have a cup of mint tea, etc to soothe your abdomen!