Bitter Herbs  Sweeten Digestion

Don't the words "Bitter Herbs" just make you want to scrunch up your nose and say "ick'?  Most people are not familiar with Bitter Herbs and upon first introduction are not at all thrilled to try them.  If you are thinking "no way", perhaps I can convince you that 'bitter" is really "sweet".

Many bitter herbs are making a comeback in our own kitchens as well as our favorite restaurants.  We eat them in salads or steam them with herbs and seasoning.  Popular bitters are Arugula, Radicchio, Escarole,  Dandelion, Wintercress and Mustard Greens.  Milk Thistle, Goldenseal, Horehound and Chamomile are also bitter herbs, but used more for medicinal purposes.

 If you find that you just can't handle the taste of those weird mixed green salads and prefer basic head lettuce, it could be that your palate has been "poisoned" by sugar.  Our taste buds become immune to sugar over time to the point where the opposite "bitter" becomes almost unbearable.  Try cutting out the sugar for a couple of weeks and then dive into a big mixed green salad.  Your palate will have changed somewhat and you might just enjoy the taste of 'bitter" herbs.

 The health benefits of Bitter Herbs are numerous.  Some say if we just got back to eating more of these nutritious foods, chronic illnesses would decrease significantly.  

 Bitter herbs:

  • Stimulate the production of digestive juices.
  • Strenthen digestion which improves assimilation of vitamins and minerals.
  • Stimulate the release of bile for improved fat digestion.
  • Stimulate the action of the liver for detoxification.
  • Regulate the secretion of insulin and glycogen for blood sugar balance.
  • Help repair the stomach lining.
  • Stimulate the appetite

Our digestive tract is 70 - 80 % of our immune system, so eat your Bitter Herbs if you want to build your health and Sweeten your Digestion.