At Healthy Hildegard, we are big advocates of the use of healthy bitters for digestive health — and while Hildegard’s teachings encompass a variety of herbal remedies, fasting techniques, spiritual beliefs, and more, we find her affliction for bitters to be the most moving advances that she pioneered.
When people think of the health benefits reaped by the adequate consumption of fruits, vegetables, and herbal remedies, they typically think of the vitamins and minerals that the food provides them. Seldom do they think about the natural bitters found within the plants and how the bitters affect their day-to-day health and general long-term health.
Bitter flavor profiles are often seen as less than desirable in modern flavor palettes — forcing us to stray away from consuming natural bitters in a normal diet. Because of this, people must consciously tweak their diet to include natural sources of bitters or supplement their diet with a healthy bitters tablet like Hildegard’s Original Bitters Tablets. But why would someone go out of their way to include bitters in their diet?
In this post, we will be discussing 10 benefits of bitters that might make you want to consider incorporating more bitter fruits, vegetables, herbs, or natural bitters tablets within your diet.
What Is The Issue? Weak Digestion.
Bitters are a healthy digestive aid that at one point in history was very common in our natural diets. As preferred flavor profiles shifted over the past century, the amount of natural bitters incorporated within our diet has declined.
Because of this, most people have developed weak digestion — causing bloating, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, and constipation to be “naturally occurring” bodily functions. That being said, the fact of the matter is that these symptoms and functions are not natural and they can be reduced and managed with the use of healthy bitters — whether they are sourced from natural plant consumption or from a supplemental bitters tablet.
The Solution: Digestive Bitters
Digestive bitters, whether they are sourced directly from the plant or made into a bitters tablet, are an excellent remedy for preventing bloating, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, and constipation. Natural bitters, when consumed, stimulate bitter receptors in the tongue, stomach, pancreas, and gallbladder — promoting the development of healthy digestive juices like bile, stomach acid, and enzymes that all contribute to the breakdown of food and the absorption of healthy nutrients. That being said, there are 10 individual factors that are influenced by the consumption of healthy bitters that contribute to your overall well being.
The 10 Benefits of Healthy Bitters
Below, we have briefly outlined 10 benefits that you might see if you mindfully include natural bitters in your diet or supplement it with our healthy bitters tablets.
Benefit 1: Improved Protein Digestion & Mineral Absorption
Studies show that the increased consumption of healthy bitters can actually speed up your digestive process, particularly for that of proteins, and increase the mineral absorption from consumed foods. As the natural bitters signal the tongue, gallbladder, pancreas, and stomach, natural bile, stomach acid, and other healthy gastric secretions are produced — making the digestive process faster and more efficient — all while promoting the healthy absorption of vital minerals and nutrients that might have otherwise been wasted.
Benefit 2: Improved Breakdown of Fats & Fat-Soluble Vitamins
As the natural bitters that you include in your diet are increased, you will also see an increased breakdown in fats and fat-soluble vitamins. When the bitters promote an optimized digestion process, the fats are broken down and processed faster — allowing your body to use the healthy fats while processing the unhealthy fats as waste. In addition to helping your body process fats better, bitters also stimulate your digestive system to absorb fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E, and K — all of which aid in protecting your vision, immune system, bone health, premature aging, and cardiovascular system.
Benefit 3: Reduced Gas & Bloating
If there is one symptom of a bitters-deficient diet that nobody wants, it’s bloating and overall gassiness. When bitters are introduced to the body, they signal the tongue — which in turn signals the brain to release oral and gastric secretions that aid the digestive system in the breakdown and management of food. By aiding the digestive system, overall gassiness and bloating is reduced as there is no longer a reason for your body to respond negatively to your diet.
Benefit 4: Reduced Acid Reflux
Acid reflux is classified as a chronic disease, but it can be managed by maintaining a strict diet or in some cases the use of medication. Essentially, acid reflux is a negative reaction from your body to the food that you are putting into it. When the body becomes irritated, stomach acid and bile flow into the food pipe where your throat sends food to the stomach — causing a burning sensation. The inclusion of natural digestive bitters to your diet allows your body to break food down more efficiently, increase blood flow, and control and slow gastric movements. In doing so, preventing acid reflux.
Benefit 5: Promotes Bowel Movements
As we have stated in some of the above benefits of including natural bitters in your diet, bitters have a direct effect on your digestive system and digestive process. Because bitter herbs aid in the process of digestion and the absorption of healthy fats and minerals and the waste of bad fats and proteins, it results in a quicker, more efficient digestive process. In turn, a quick digestive process results in the quicker delivery of food byproducts and waste to your bowels.
Benefit 6: Reduced Food Sensitivities
Food sensitivities are a direct response that you body makes when a food that your digestive system is incapable of properly digesting is introduced to the body. When a food that someone is sensitive to is ingested, it usually results in gastric distress, inflammation, nausea, and a number of other reaction-to-reaction symptoms. By introducing healthy bitters to your diet and increasing the digestive function of your body, you are better prepared to process the food that might have made you uncomfortable before.
Reason 7: Increased Breakdown of Microbes & Prevention of SIBO
Everyday microbes are broken down in our body from the foods we eat in order to properly regulate how the body functions. Bitters for digestion are a balancing tool that helps our body balance gut microbes and intestinal bacterial. SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, is a common bodily response to the imbalance of bacteria in the small intestine. Because bacterial overgrowth is caused by the excess food or the presence of partially broken down food in the intestine, bitters are a natural solution to regulating and preventing SIBO. By including natural bitters and bitters tablets in your diet, you can curb your appetite and sugar cravings — leading to the reduction in small intestinal bacteria growth.
Reason 8: Reduction of Cravings & Overeating
Bitters are a known dietary supplement that curbs sugar cravings and suppresses appetite. Because bitters influence the body to eat less sugar and prevents overeating by curbing hunger, the digestive system is not overworked — as the volume of food that must be digested is reduced and the complex sugars are included in the foods that are consumed much less.
Reason 9: Promotes Liver Health
The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the human body. As the body’s “filter,” the liver deals with regular information by collecting and eliminating toxins, regulating metabolism, and producing valuable hormones as it does so. When natural bitters are incorporated within your diet, they influence the production of beneficial hormones, antioxidants, and a healthy metabolism.
Reason 10: They Are Easy To Include In Your Diet
At Healthy Hildegard, we have always advocated for the inclusion of bitters in the modern diet. That being said, there has been such a fundamental shift in what the modern diet consists of, and it is unlikely that people will start eating naturally bitter plants like gentian root, angelica root, artichoke leaf, ginger root, and milk thistle seed.
That’s where Hildegard’s Original Bitters Tablets come in. At Healthy Hildegard, we have created a natural bitter tablet that includes eight bitter herbs. Simply take two before each meal by melting the tablets on your tongue, stirring the tablets into hot tea, or by dissolving them in soda water.
*None of the above claims have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Association.
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