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IBS Recipe » Hot Summer Night Italian Panzanella

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Hot Summer Night Italian Panzanella

Panzanella is an Italian summer salad of bread and tomatoes that is fast, easy, and infinitely versatile. You don't even have to turn on the stove to make this recipe, nor do you have to closely follow the recipe once you've got the hang of it.

Use the ripest summer tomatoes you can get, and the freshest garden herbs - basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, or any combination. Throw in a can of drained albacore tuna or finely chopped anchovies, and add a handful of chopped Kalamata olives if you like. Bread salad is a great way to get lots of fresh veggies with a soluble fiber foundation from the bread, plus the herbs are all digestive aids.

The Tummy Fiber adds extra soluble fiber and also emulsifies the dressing easily so the vinegar and oil don't separate. Panzanella is the perfect one dish meal for summer days when you're just too hot and tired to cook!

Servings: 3-4


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (plus more to taste)
1 small garlic clove, minced to a paste with a dash of salt
Salt and white pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Acacia Tummy Fiber

3 cups stale crusty French or Italian bread, cut into 1/2" dice
1/2 lb. fresh ripe tomatoes, diced
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 cup thinly sliced sweet white onions (such as Maui or Walla Walla)
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, stems removed, finely shredded


Whisk together all dressing ingredients and set aside. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Let sit a while till bread softens, then enjoy. Add more vinegar, tomatoes, or herbs to taste!

Serve this salad with an iced glass of Fennel Tummy Tea on a hot summer night!

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Increasing daily soluble fiber intake may help you lose dangerous visceral fat, which produces hormones and other substances linked to a host of chronic diseases, according to a new study from Lake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Unlike the subcutaneous fat found just under the skin, visceral fat is located deep in the belly and wraps around a person's vital organs. Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found the way to hone in on this deep belly fat is to get moderate amounts of regular exercise and to eat more soluble fiber from vegetables, fruits and beans.

"We know that a higher rate of visceral fat is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and fatty liver disease," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Kristen Hairston, assistant professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist in a news release from the medical center. "Our study found that making a few simple changes can have a big health impact."

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divider Why Peppermint Tummy Tea is So Special for IBS   (see for yourself!)

Peppermint has an ancient history as a remedy for digestive upsets, and in general is a wonderful herb for quickly relieving (and even preventing) IBS symptoms.

The traditional use of peppermint has some interesting science behind it. Menthol and methyl salicylate are the main active ingredients of peppermint, and these elements are found in the volatile oil content of the mint leaves.

Internally, these compounds have anti-spasmodic actions, with calming effects on the smooth muscles of the stomach, intestinal tract, and uterus. They also have powerful analgesic (pain-killing) properties, which are mediated, in part, through activation of kappa-opioid receptors, which help block pain signal transmission.

The volatile oils in peppermint, when taken as medicinal strength brewed tea or as enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules, are extremely useful for IBS. Clinical studies have shown that peppermint helps IBS abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, and urgency (and it will NOT worsen constipation. Peppermint is also anti-bacterial, increases gastric juices, and helps relieve gas, nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness.

Peppermint contains essential oils that stimulate the gallbladder to secrete its store of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. This makes peppermint a wonderful digestive aid for heavy meals. Mint also improves the function of the muscles that line the stomach and intestines, relieves diarrhea, and has a calming, numbing effect on the entire GI tract.

Personally, I find peppermint to be the strongest anti-spasmodic and pain reliever of all the herbs, and when an IBS attack flares I really appreciate its noticeable whole-body mild relaxing effect as well. On a daily basis I find peppermint more effective (and certainly more enjoyable) than prescription anti-spasmodic drugs, particularly when it's brewed as a very strong tea.

However, it's amazing to taste and feel the difference between high volatile oil Peppermint Tummy Tea formulated specifically for helping IBS symptoms versus regular peppermint tea brands.

For immediate relief of IBS spasms and abdominal pain, I always have a strong, hot cup of Peppermint Tummy Tea.

In all the years I've struggled with IBS, nothing - and I do mean nothing - has worked better and faster to flat out stop IBS pain in its tracks. I keep Peppermint Tummy Tea on hand at home, at work, in my luggage, and even in the car.

Not everyone is subject to sudden, severe attacks of IBS pain, but if you are (and I am) I can't recommend anything more fervently than this tea. If your IBS can come out of nowhere, and have you on the floor begging for help this very second because you can't wait minutes, Peppermint Tummy Tea is your new best friend.

But does it really have to be Peppermint Tummy Tea? Why not just any regular brand of mint tea?

There is a world of difference between high volatile oil Tummy Tea and typical store brands. Every other peppermint tea brand I've seen is simply meant to be enjoyed as a "nice hot cup of tea", for drinking pleasure. This is NOT the case with Peppermint Tummy Tea.

Peppermint Tummy Tea is unique for several reasons:

* Extremely high volatile oil levels. Why does this matter? Because the volatile oil has the components within the peppermint leaf that yield the medicinal benefits. The higher the volatile oil level, the stronger the cup of tea, and the greater the benefit for IBS symptoms.

Our Peppermint Tummy Tea (on sale at 10% off) has a volatile oil content of 3% for the second year in a row. This is the highest level our farmer has ever seen for mint (1.8% to 2.0% is considered high)!

You can actually see the oil rising to the surface of the peppermint leaves in the field. This is what our farmers watch for so they know when to harvest the fields at the optimum volatile oil level. In the close up below, one of our peppermint plants has tiny little droplets of oil surfacing on its leaves, which are visible in the photo. When I was out in our fields last fall right before harvest, the whole expanse of peppermint looked like it was glistening. It was not only beautiful, but the smell and taste of the fresh leaves was more potent than I ever would have imagined.

Take a look at the pictures below and you can see for yourself!

Peppermint Tummy Tea Leaf Close Up
Close Up of Volatile Oil Droplets on Our Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint Tummy Tea Fields
Our Gorgeous Organic Peppermint Fields Before Harvest!

Our Peppermint Tummy Tea also has:

* Very large leaf size for peppermint (cut and sift grade, the largest cut available in the organic market). Other teabag brands use "teabag cut" herbs, which are very finely milled. This is so the tea will flow through teabag machines. But, the more finely you cut an herb, the more volatile oil is released and dissipated, and the weaker the final cup of brewed tea will be. (We actually customized our own teabag machines so that we could run large leaf peppermint through our machines.)

* Special jumbo-size teabags, which give an average of three times more peppermint per bag as other brands.

* Our peppermint is USDA certified organic. This means, among other things, that it is guaranteed free of: pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, GMO (genetically modified organisms), preservatives, additives, irradiation, and there is no animal testing.

Organic materials and processing are significantly more expensive (for example, bulk organic peppermint costs four times more than conventionally grown peppermint). But, our tea prices are actually significantly less expensive than non-organic brands.

In addition, a comprehensive review of 97 published studies (published as the "State of Science Review" by The Organic Center) comparing the nutritional quality of organic and conventional foods has shown that organic plants contain higher levels of 8 of 11 nutrients studied, including significantly greater concentrations of the health-promoting polyphenols and antioxidants. This review concluded that organically grown plants are 25% more nutrient dense, on average, than conventionally grown plants.

* Peppermint Tummy Tea is packed in very generous quantities, as it is meant to be used daily for IBS symptoms. There are 36 Peppermint Tummy Teabags per canister (and a full pound of peppermint in the Peppermint Loose Pouch). This is 3-4 times more teabags per container than other brands, which means you will have enough tea on hand to use it regularly, which is how it works best for IBS.

The end result? Peppermint Tummy Tea is exponentially stronger and more effective, and a better value, than other brands.

For me, medicinal-strength peppermint tea has what it takes to stop an IBS attack in its tracks. Peppermint Tummy Tea is the only brand of high volatile oil tea for IBS I know of, and one sip is all it takes to tell the difference.

It isn't enough to get a great value for your IBS treatments - you also have to get great results. For abdominal pain, spasms, and cramping, Peppermint Tummy Tea offers both. Try it and see for yourself!

~ Heather

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