Which Bitters Are Best For Me?

by Aisling Badger April 13, 2018

In truth, all of our bitters contain bitter, digestive supporting herbs and will help ensure great digestive health, but depending on your tendencies or preferences, there are some that may be a better choice than others. When it comes to digestive woes, herbs are among your best allies, and with good reason: they work, and usually quite fast. Bitter substances stimulate the body’s innate digestive response and optimize digestive function. They trigger the digestive system to produce the body’s endogenous digestive enzymes, secrete bile, and balance HCl levels in the stomach. 

We have six different bitters formulas designed to be helpful and supportive to a wide range of people. Take a look at our difference bitters formulas and choose the one that's right for you.

Classic Bitters: (TB) Original, Citrus and Maple

Our classic bitters include herbs like Dandelion Root and Leaf, Burdock Root, Yellow Dock, Gentian, and Angelica. These bitter roots are rounded out with carminative aromatic herbs like Ginger, Fennel, and Orange Peel to soothe gas and bloating. Enjoy the liver support bitters offer and expect a clean burning metabolism, support clear & healthy skin, and fewer cravings.

Classic bitter formulas:

  • Support healthy digestion
  • Soothe gas and bloating
  • Encourage digestive secretions and gentle detox- which in turns helps you absorb the most nourishment available in all that healthy food you are eating.
  • Offer relief for occasional heartburn*
  • An organic, whole plant alternative to digestive enzymes. 

The 3 Different Classic Bitters Flavors:

Original Digestive Bitters

Our most bitter formula, featuring more gentian than all the others. Original Bitters are for the bitter enthusiast!

Why choose these bitters:
  • Overeating: ate too much and need some fast acting relief
  • Gas bloating : my meals make me bloated and I am looking for something to soothe it
  • You love the taste of bitter
  • You enjoy the strong bitterness of coffee in the morning and are looking for a healthy alternative to wake up your digestive system
  • You started with Maple Bitters and are looking for something stronger

Tasting notes: strong bitter, earthy with light citrus freshness and notes of fennel and cardamom

Citrus Digestive Bitters

Our classic bitters formula, with a citrusy twist, making these bright and zesty in flavor notes.

Why choose these bitters:
  • Overeating: ate too much and need some fast acting relief
  • Gas bloating : my meals make me bloated and I am looking for something to soothe it
  • The citrus lover
  • The cocktail enthusiast
  • If you enjoy lemon in your water- add in a dash of citrus bitters and it makes it even better!

Tasting notes: citrusy, bright, bitter, slightly sweet

Maple Bitters

Our “beginner bitters” are a great place to start if you are unfamiliar with taking bitters. This is still our original formula, but with a little less gentian and real maple syrup. The maple syrup cuts the strong notes of the bitters so you can quickly adjust to using them.  We suggest starting here and moving onto citrus and original once you have gotten used to them. You still get the benefits from the bitters formula; it’s just a little less intense.

Why choose these bitters:
  • You are new to trying bitters and looking to support your digestive system. Maple Digestive Bitters–for the bitter beginner!
  • You're trying to get your kids to take bitters, or have an occasional upset stomach
  • You have a sweet tooth and are making the transition to using bitters
  • Overate and need some fast acting relief
  • Gas bloating: my meals make me bloated, and I am looking for something to soothe it

Tasting notes: sweet, bitter, earthy with notes of vanilla and maple

 

SPECIALTY BITTER FORMULAS:

Healthy Liver Bitters

Our liver is our superstar. One of the largest organs in our bodies, the liver's primary function is to detoxify and support healthy metabolism. It is the gatekeeper, tirelessly defending our body of all the chemicals, toxins, and anything else we cross during our lives: hormones, synthetics, alcohol, unnatural substances. The filtered waste is turned into bile and stored in your gallbladder. During digestive processes, the bile is released into the digestive tract as we eat and metabolize food.

This formula was designed with specific herbs that encourage and support the movement and production of bile and supports the liver's ability to clear waste from our bodies.

Why choose these bitters:
  • Looking for natural liver support
  • You are hoping to brighten and support a gentle detox of the skin.
  • A lover of your daily beer or cocktail
  • You work around harsh chemicals and/or cleaning products and want to support your liver to do its job of flushing out toxins
  • You are looking to maintain healthy cholesterol levels that are already in a normal range
  • Looking to support the healthy production and release of bile
  • Looking to support gas, bloating and occasional upset stomachs

Tasting notes: sweet, bitter, woody and herbaceous.

Calm Tummy Digestive Bitters

We wanted a bitter option that was palatable and safe across the board. These bitters are for everyone: during pregnancy, and enjoyed by kids! The sweet and soothing taste of these bitters pleases most palates. With all the same digestive benefits of our original bitters line, our Calm Tummy Bitters are also suitable for morning sickness and occasional nausea during pregnancy, and they can soothe the gut-brain connection during periods of stress.

Why choose these bitters:
  • A queasy, nauseous stomach
  • For pregnant mamas: occasional nausea or morning sickness
  • Nervous stomach: If digestive upset is typical for you during busy or stressful times
  • The chamomile tea lover
  • Looking for formulas free of citrus, fennel, and essential oils.
  • Looking to soothe gas and bloating

Tasting notes: smooth, slightly bitter, buttery and floral.

Apple Cider Vinegar Bitters

We wanted to rely on the traditional bitter roots that serve as the foundation of our original formulas but offer a version made without alcohol. Apple Cider Vinegar not only meets that goal but is a classic tonic in itself.  Burdock and dandelion roots are excellent sources of prebiotic starches, essential for maintaining a healthy microbiome. The powerful bitter qualities of gentian and artichoke fully stimulate bitter taste receptors throughout our digestive tract. The ginger warms the formula up by providing a carminative effect to soothe gas and bloating.

Why choose these bitters:
  • You are looking for an option made without alcohol
  • Enjoy the tonic qualities that ACV offers
  • Enjoy the sour flavor
  • Are a lover of switchels, shrubs, fire cider, and herbal vinegar
  • Enjoy gentian but looking for an option made without alcohol
  • Seeking to support a healthy relationship with sugars and carbs

Tasting notes: earthy, sour and pungent.

 

*Note: when we talk about heartburn, we are speaking of the occasional bout of heartburn your experience. We are not talking about consistent heartburn that sticks with you every day. Please consult your doctor on this matter if you are experiencing chronic daily heartburn.

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