Bitter substances are very healthy and important for a strong body. The effect of bitter substances is often underestimated. Today we want to explain why bitter substances are so important and how we can best absorb them in our everyday lives. The first question that arises:
What is the effect of bitter substances?
Bitter substances stimulate the digestive process by sending signals to the digestive organs. If there is food in our stomach, the bitter substances help to break it down. In addition, bitter substances bind the acids in our body. Bitter substances therefore have a major influence on our acid-base balance and help us to keep it in line. Bitter substances cause faster intestinal movement and the body can absorb important nutrients better. If our digestion is fine, then we are well too. Because 70% of our immune cells are formed in the intestine. So you can say that bitter substances are important for our immune system. But not only the stomach and intestines are supported by bitter substances, but also the liver. Bitter substances have a decongesting effect here.
Where are bitter substances contained?
Bitter substances are often difficult to find on supermarket shelves. Our foods are often heavily overbred and have lost their bitterness. The following foods still contain bitter substances. It is advisable to buy these in good organic quality:
But these are not the only suppliers of bitter substances. Many native wild herbs also have a powerful bitter effect, such as:
- Centaury (Centaurium)
- Lemon balm
It is important to be careful not to consume too much of the bitter substances. They serve the plants primarily as protection against insects. For humans, however, they are not poisonous, but healthy – as so often counts: the dose makes the poison.
The effect of bitter substances on mental health
In Ayurveda, the bitter taste is considered the most healing of all! That is why they are also used in cases of exhaustion, tiredness and stress. In fact, researchers have found that bitter compounds balance the work of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems in our brain. So we are able to come to rest faster, but also switch to active mode faster. In addition, bitter substances have a positive effect on heart contraction and improve blood circulation, which makes us feel more alert and comfortable.
Integrate bitter substances into everyday life
Bitter substances can be easily integrated into our everyday life in the form of a green smoothie. Many swear by the daily green smoothie that contains the power of nature. We, at bianco di puro, are big lovers and feel better than ever with the green smoothie during the day. For a bitter but tasty smoothie, we blend:
- Handful of spinach
- ½ handful of dandelion
- ½ handful nettle
- 1 apple
- 4 tablespoons (frozen) blueberries
- 200ml of water
It is important to use the bianco di puro vacuum pump. It prevents oxidation and thus keeps important vitamins, bitter substances and nutrients alive. Anyone who regularly prepares wild herb smoothies should not miss the vacuum pump!