7 (Non-Yogurt) Snacks That Improve Digestion
Nothing against Jamie Lee Curtis, but sometimes we're not in the mood for yogurt—or we don't have a spoon. These alternative foods will also keep your system on track.
The Stomach-Taming Seeds That Don't Require Shell Disposal
In India, fennel seeds are often served as a post-meal digestif and breath freshener. When you crush them between your teeth, these anise-flavored seeds release a compound called terpenoid anethole that may increase gut motility and inhibit GI spasms, says Cynthia Yoshida, MD, a gastroenterologist and the author of No More Digestive Problems
. The theory is that the seeds act as anti-sposmodics, relieving gas, cramps, bloating and stomach upset (but the scientific research is still inconclusive). Because they contain a fair amount of insoluble fiber, Yoshida says the seeds may also help with constipation.