The bitter belly truth

Last week I let you in on a secret gut healing ingredient. In case you missed it, you can find out about it here.

Every day, I work with people whose health symptoms–like gut/digestive issues, excess weight, low energy, and sleep problems–are getting in the way of them living life fully and with a sense of freedom in their bodies. I help them to regain their health so they can feel great and free to enjoy their lives again.

I’ve got an awesome topic to share with you today that can help you experience better gut health. To quickly recap, why I focus on gut health so much is because that’s the common culprit to virtually every symptom! Your gut is where the magic happens: where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the building blocks your body needs to make energy, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. You can’t be healthy and free of symptoms if your gut isn’t functioning properly.

Today, I want to talk to you about how bitter foods support your gut health and some super easy ways to add them into your day.

Why are bitter foods awesome for my gut?

Bitter foods have been used for many years to stimulate digestive juices (the stuff your body makes to break down the food you eat so you can use it for everything in your life: work, play, being generally wonderful). Bitter foods increase your 3 digestive powerhouses: stomach acid, enzymes, and bile. Without these guys, there won’t be any magic happening. You won’t be able to break apart your food so you’re going to experience symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, bloating, gas, and/or bathroom trouble to name a few.

What are bitter foods/drinks?

Examples of bitter foods and drinks are:

  • Arugula
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Bitter Melon
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Chicory or Chicory Tea
  • Chocolate (like cacao nibs or 70% or more cacao)
  • Coffee
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Dandelion Tea
  • Endive

Super easy ways to add in bitters

Some tips to add bitters into your day are to enjoy a bitterbeverage like dandelion or chicory tea (2 of my favorites are Teeccino Dandelion Caramel Nut and Traditional Medicinals Roasted Dandelion), toss a handful of bittergreens like arugula into your salad, soup, or stew, use apple cider vinegar in your dressing, or use endive leaves like a chip or cracker and dip in guacamole, salsa, or favorite healthy dressing (see picture below).
If eating or drinking bitter things is totally new for you, have patience with yourself when adding them in. Pick one of the suggestions I’ve shared with you to enjoy this week and build from there. Little by little, a little becomes a lot. You’ll be on your way to a better functioning belly!

​​​​​Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health. 🙂

~Rebecca

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