Bitters

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What Are Digestive Bitters?

Digestive bitters have traditional roots as medicinal remedies prepared from bitter plants. Typically used to treat digestive ailments like gas, bloating, and cramps, digestive bitters help promote general digestive health. In this post we will cover everything you need to know about the natural digestive aid known as bitters including: Why you need digestive bitters…

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Detox with Bitter Substances

Why a Detox with Bitters is Faster And More Effective

The detox season arrives right after the party season. Many of us choose January as a time to clean-up, replace the champagne glass with a glass of water, and try to eat as healthy as possible. With the recent popularity of detoxing, several companies have developed new products and strategies to help cleanse our livers,…

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Bitter Benefits the Skin

Anti-Aging Effects and Benefits of Bitters for Skin Care

While probably not knowing (or, caring) about the benefits of bitters for skin care, early hunters and gatherers emphasized diets rich in bitter root vegetables, wild plants, leaves, and fruits. Wild foraging contributed to healthy living, to support physical performance. In addition, early diets consisted of more natural bitter substances, which we know today stimulate…

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Bitter Benefits

Bitters for Health: The Lost Taste

Of our five flavor profiles, what makes bitter so unique and beneficial for health? Why should we pay more attention to the bitter taste and invest some time in reacquainting our palates with it? Unlike salt and sweet, bitter flavors derive from countless different bitter substances. These natural bitter substances differ in their chemical composition,…

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Sugar Cravings

How to Stop Sugar Cravings with Bitter Substances

Using Bitters and Bitter Foods to Stem Sugar Cravings We often hear the question “why do I crave sugar?” Sugar cravings are a common occurrence for most people, and when most people experience them, they tend to succumb to their cravings. But is there a way to avoid sugar cravings all together? Most of us…

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Bitter Herbs for Appetite Control and Digestion

Digestive bitters and bitter herbs have played an active role in helping to balance appetite since antiquity. But, what does the balance of appetite really mean? And, if bitter herbs also serve to stimulate appetite, why have monks and nuns relied on bitters to support their fasting regimen? The internet is full of lists showing…

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Bitter Herbs and digestive health

Digestive Health and Bitters: 6 Reasons You Should Use Bitters

The benefits of bitter tasting foods have been recognized since antiquity.  The origin of herbal bitters can be traced back to ancient Egyptians.

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Bitter Spices

24 Bitter Spices for the Kitchen

1. Chervil The fine sweet taste of chervil gives soups, sauces, and salads a favorable aroma that we often associate with springtime. Served fresh, this kitchen herb is full of vitamins, stimulates circulation, and has a detoxifying effect. 2. Ginger Ginger and galangal are classic Hildegard herbs that simultaneously serve as kitchen spices and effective…

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18 bitter healing plants

18 Bitter Healing Plants and Herbs

These healing plants contain bitter substances that are an important part of their overall healing composition. Bitter substances work to stimulate the liver’s metabolic function to restore your body’s powerful detoxifying organ.

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17 bitter foods

17 Bitter Foods

Our post on the benefits of bitter flavors introduces the taste category of bitter and the many reasons why bitterness is an important part of our diet and how bitters can help to control appetite. We have also covered some herbs and foods that contain the various bitter flavors that we can incorporate into our diet and…

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Bitter Flavors

The Beauty of Bitter Flavors

Foods with bitter flavors have played an important role in nutritional medicine and naturopathy for centuries. Saint Hildegard of Bingen regularly employed bitter tasting foods and bitters.

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chocolate benefits

Dark Chocolate Benefits for Health

Chocolate possesses many beneficial qualities. The health benefits of its ingredients are difficult to isolate and quantify, but this article offers a good primer, starting with cacao, the principal ingredient.

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