You’ll find herbal bitters in almost every bar, but Urban Moonshine bitter blends of rooty, aromatic plants are more than cocktail mixers! Bitter herbs have been used medicinally for centuries. They can help us in three ways:
- liver health
- regulating appetite and sugar cravings
Rekindle Your Taste for Bitters
In today’s world, we see very little bitterness in our daily diet: most of what we eat is sweet, salty, and fatty. And while bitterness is an acquired taste, the effort is well worth it. Stimulating our bitter taste receptors sends a powerful reflex through the whole digestion, supporting the secretion of digestive juices, enzymes, and bile. Awakened by the bitter taste, cells that line our GI tract secrete hormones involved in appetite and metabolism. Our bellies were built around bitters – it’s time to rekindle that relationship!
Digestive health is the most traditional use for bitters. They are taken before meals to correct gas and bloating, and to provide gentle antispasmodic action for our intestines. However, you’ll find them used almost as often after meals as a digestivo to encourage healthy digestion and address occasional heartburn. The reflex action of the bitter taste is responsible for most of these effects: more digestive juice means more complete digestion, less fermentation, less drama (think gas and bloating). In response to the bitter flavor, the valve at the bottom of our throat closes tight; we see less heartburn with bitters. Consider Original Digestive Bitters, an herbal blend rich in organic Dandelion.
Sparkly Clean Liver
By supporting healthy bile production and balancing liver metabolism, bitters help maintain steady, effective, daily detoxification. Fewer reactive “free radicals” means optimal function across the board, not just in the liver but in the heart, blood vessels, skin, and joints, too. And rather than harsh, once-a-year “cleanses”, we’ve always felt that the gentle daily detox bitters encourage is the ticket for long-term wellness. Consider Healthy Liver Artichoke and Raw Honey Bitters.
Sweet Addiction Breaker – Cider Vinegar
But perhaps the greatest gift bitters offer is their ability to break our addiction to the sweet flavor. When you crave sweet, try bitter: it’s especially useful if you want to moderate your sugar and carb intake. Used consistently during meals, bitters make us feel full and satisfied with less food. In a culture of overconsumption, this may be the biggest blessing of all. Consider earthy Cider Vinegar Bitters, with Burdock and apple cider vinegar. Made with no alcohol. Apple Cider Vinegar has been used to digest for centuries. Combine it with bitter herbs for maximum effect!
All of these Urban Moonshine formulas are Certified Organic. Gluten Free.
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