The temperatures are heating up and summer is fast approaching. I love the longer days, picnics in the park and the fresh, local produce. In the urban jungle of New York City, thankfully we have farmers’ markets that offer freshly picked seasonal fruits and vegetables that have been brought in from Long Island, Upstate NY and New Jersey.
Eating in season means food just tastes better. Strawberries are sweeter, green beans are snappier, and is there anything better than a vine-ripened summer tomato? Didn’t think so.
I also love the herbs that are in season this time of year. They easily add a wallop of flavor and freshness to a dish but did you know culinary herbs can also help enhance digestion? Think about it. We often use herbal supplements to help with symptoms of IBS, SIBO and IBD like gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. And many of my clients use herbal antimicrobials to treat SIBO, parasites and other gut infections.
While herbal supplements feature medicinal doses of specific constituents and compounds of herbs, we can use culinary herbs to improve or prevent digestive symptoms every time we eat. Best of all, using herbs in our dishes helps us enjoy our food. Who says elimination and therapeutic diets have to be bland and boring? Nope, not me!
Take a look at these summer herbs and how they work to improve digestion. I’ve also provided some delicious recipes and easy ways to incorporate them into your diet.