Bitter Foods – Where have you been all my life?

I have recently been chatting with a few clients about the importance of including bitter foods in their diets.  It is something I have been trying to make an effort to do so + it takes a little simple planning and the benefits are fabulous!

Put simply, these foods have a function to work on stimulating the liver and digestive system to help with the digestion + assimilation of food + nutrients.

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Do I need to include bitter foods in my diet?

If you tend to feel pain or a little sluggish after eating or your bowels arent quiet right, it might be worth a try. Some people who have a dull ache in their stomach immediately after eating report feeling better after consuming bitter foods.  Both our liver and digestive system produce enzymes and other important juices (think bile, stomach acids) that are neccessary for the correct breakdown of food and absorping all the nutrients from what we eat.  And bitter foods can help to stimulate these.  So why not try adding a few of these to your diet:

  • dandelion greens
  • rocket
  • radicchio
  • dill
  • apple cider vinegar
  • bitter melon
  • kale
  • artichoke
  • ginger
  • brussel sprouts
  • endive

 

Bitter food salad

  • 1 cup rocket leaves
  • 1 cup chopped radicchio
  • 1/2 cup chopped endive
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped dandelion greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 1 grapfruit (peeled + sliced)
  • dressing (juice of a lemon, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar + sea salt)
  • Add some avocado, nuts + seeds and you have a yummy digestive-loving side salad or throw in a tin of tuna for a healthy lunch meal.

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