Digestive-Bitters

What’s the deal with: Digestive bitters

Whenever mealtime merriment is at risk of becoming dampered by indigestion, you have my full permission to get bitter. No, I’m not suggesting that you begrudgingly ride-out all of your digestive woes; rather, I recommend taking action to tame those tummy troubles with a dose of Digestive Bitters.

WHAT ARE DIGESTIVE BITTERS?

Digestive Bitters are a simple yet powerful blend of herbs extracted in alcohol (a combination better known as a “tincture”). The types of herbs may vary from blend to blend, but traditionally, key players include Gentian, Chamomile, Ginger, and Dandelion. As you might have gathered from their name, Digestive Bitters are markedly bitter in taste. Don’t let their sharp flavour deter you though, as their bitterness is largely responsible for triggering a cascade of gastric events that help to optimize digestion.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS

These supportive botanicals compliment the natural duties of our digestive tract by stimulating the release of digestive juices, starting with saliva secretion in the mouth. Traditionally recommended for weak digestion, herbs like Gentian and Dandelion add digestive power to the mix by stimulating stomach acid and bile release. Calming, warming herbs like chamomile and ginger work their magic by easing dreaded symptoms of digestive disturbance like nausea, cramping, bloating, and gas.

HOW TO USE THEM

Digestive Bitters are taken 15 to 60 minutes in advance of mealtime, on an empty stomach in order to prime the digestive tract. Caution should be used among individuals suffering from gallstones, liver or gallbladder disease, stomach inflammation, and peptic or duodenal ulcers, as well as anyone allergic to plants of the Asteraceae, Compositae, or Daisy family. As with any new natural health product, always consult your primary health practitioner prior to adding additional supplements into your wellness routine.

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Tannis Grauer is a clean-eating, dark-chocolate-loving, Certified Nutritional Practitioner from North Vancouver. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition, Tannis is a passionate coach/writer dedicated to fusing evidence-based lifestyle recommendations with a touch of sass and hippie wisdom.

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