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Swedish Bitters for Digestion

Swedish Bitters for Digestion
Bitter is not always the most popular taste for people to seek out. As a result, bitter foods are often lacking in our diets yet they’re so important to healthy digestion. Cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, dark cocoa, dark roasted coffee, dandelion greens, artichoke and some beers like stout and India Pale Ale are some examples where you’ll find the bitter taste. So why do we need bitters and what are their benefits? Bitters prime t...

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Bitters: The Secret to a Happy Tummy

In today’s world, digestive problems are super common. Whether it’s indigestion, heartburn, or occasional constipation, an estimated 60-70 million Americans have some kind of digestive difficulty.<1> Turns out, our ancestors knew something about how to achieve the digestive harmony we’ve forgotten. What’s their secret? Bitters! What are bitters? Bitters are alcohol-based extracts of the flowers, leaves, bark, and roots of bitter-tasting plant...

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Swedish Bitters Summer Cocktails

Celebrating a blood sugar friendly, digestion aiding cocktail for the weekend! This one is perfect for sweltering summer evenings after a big meal. It incorporates Flora Swedish Bitters (US/CA) which stimulate bile flow, stomach acid secretion, and aid in peristalsis of digestion! Spoiled this week in the presence of my beautiful and loving extended family, gathering around the kitchen collaborating on dinners and chatting until late. My two favori...

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The Liver's Role in Detox - How It Handles Toxins

The root of the word liver is, in fact, live. This is no wonder considering the importance of the work it does for us. In the liver, toxins get their chemical makeup altered so we can eliminate them. The liver acts as a bodyguard, identifying bad guys and disarming them. This process, called detoxification, happens only in the liver. Detox has two phases. Both depend on nutrients. Phase I, oxidation, uses over 100 special enzymes. It turns toxins ...

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Overindulged? Take Some Bitters!

‘Tis the season of button-popping overindulgence. It’s so hard to stop eating when there are delicious food temptations everywhere! No matter how much willpower we have, we’ll usually feel overfull at some point this month. Fortunately, there is an unsung hero that can be your best friend when your pants start digging in: Digestive bitters! Oh, that bitter flavor. It’s something we frequently shy away from, but it can play an important role in our...

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