One of the most important health protocols you can do for yourself is to consume digestive bitters on a regular basis. You may be wondering, what the heck are digestive bitters? Digestive bitters are herbs that are consumed as a tea or as a liquid tincture before eating a meal. These herbs are very bitter. Their bitterness, when tasted, stimulates the body to get ready for the coming meal. When a bitter substance is recognized by bitter receptors on the tongue, a chain of neural and endocrine events begins, labeled as the “bitter reflex.” Mediated by the release of the gastric hormone gastrin, this reflex results in an overall stimulation of digestive function, which over time strengthens the structure and function of all digestive organs (liver, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, etc.).
These digestive bitters stimulate the gastric juices or as I like to say, the gastric fire, to be prepared to break down the impending meal. The main gastric juice involved in this process is hydrochloric acid, which is released by the parietal cells in the stomach, which is regulated by gastrin, a hormone, which is secreted by the G cells.
The job of the stomach is to break down the food that is consumed, mainly the protein, into a chime ball or acidic soup so that the protein and to a certain extent, the fat and carbohydrates, will be able to be absorbed, assimilated and utilized by the small intestine and large intestine through a complex and elaborate system that involves the pancreas, liver and gallbladder and many enzymes and trillions of bacteria.
If stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is not strong enough then all the other mechanisms and duties performed by the pancreas, liver, small intestine, etc., will be diminished and many problems, minor and major, can arise, with the main problem being malnourishment.
Millions of people suffer from low stomach acid and the results are: indigestion, constipation, heartburn, gas, burping, acid reflux and a host of other problems. Besides a big change in diet, digestive bitters will be a huge help. The best way to take digestive bitters is in the tincture form. Take 40-60 drops of the tincture in a little glass of water or hold a little bit of water in your mouth and squirt the drops into your mouth and swallow. Do this10-15 minutes before the meal and do this before every meal.
The following is a list of some of the various digestive bitters: Angelica, Dandelion, Goldenseal, Horehound, Wormwood, Peppermint, Orange Peel, Yellow Dock, Fennel, Ginger, Cardamom and Gentian.
Digestive bitters were a big part of many cultures and are still a big part in cultures around the world. It’s time to bring this health remedy back to our culture.
My favorite digestive bitters are from the following herbal companies: Gaia Herbs and Herb Pharm
Cheers to healthy digestion! :)
With his love for nature, passion for health & wellness and indepth knowledge of nutrition and herbal science Greg guides his clients to a healthier lifestyle with passion. Click here to know more about Greg