Processed and fatty foods cause accumulation of toxins in the liver and kidneys, which in turn makes our body fatigued. The liver is the main organ in the body that filters the toxins and metabolizes the fat. If something disrupts the function of the liver, this may cause blood toxicity in the kidneys, which will lead to accumulation of toxins and diseases.
Consuming bitter vegetables and herbs is one of the most effective ways to detoxify our body and support our liver and kidney function.
Why Eat Bitters
Bitters can improve digestion of foods and proper absorption of their nutrients by stimulating the secretion of digestive acids. They are very beneficial for people suffering from acid reflux. These individuals are recommended to eat some bitters before a meal to encourage proper stomach acid for better digestion.
Bitters have the ability to improve gut flora health, digestion and regularity, heal leaky gut, and reduce food sensitivity reactions. A healthy digestive system is of utmost importance for your overall health.
Bitters strengthen normal digestive signals and improve appetite. They will make you feel fuller and prevent overeating that may cause weight gain.
Bitters help in the healing of ulcers by stimulating mucus secretion in the stomach that protects ulcers.
Bitters are alkaline and can effectively reduce body acidity.
Bitters lower blood sugar levels, help balance hormone levels, and support the functions of our endocrine glands. They are highly recommended for diabetics.
Bitters have the ability to improve liver and gallbladder functions. They can detoxify toxins responsible for inflammation and diseases.
Biters, especially bittermelon can break down kidney stones and eliminate them. This is due to the ability of bittermelon to reduce high acid that contributes to the formation of kidney stones.
How Bitter Foods Improve Digestion
It is well known that bitter plant foods offer nutritional and medicinal properties. To obtain the maximum benefits, you should taste the bitterness that can activate the neural reflexes and hormones released as a result of the stimulation of the bitter taste receptors. Don’t use honey or other sweeteners to mask the bitter taste!
The most common bitter vegetables that can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced include beet greens, arugula, chicory, dandelion greens, spinach, kale, watercress, Swiss chards, endive, radicchio, purslane, and bitter gourd.
Bitter herbs: Burdock leaf, chicory root, dandelion root, dill, gentian root and milk thistle.
How to Drink Bittergourd Juice to Break Down Kidney Stones
Bittergourd juice can help you break down kidney stones. You should drink 6 ounces of this juice every day for 1 month.
How to prepare:
- 6-8 pieces of small bitter gourd or 3 pieces of big bittergourd
Take about 6-8 pieces of small bittergourd, or 3 pieces of big bittergourd (whichever is available). Wash clean and remove seeds.
- ¼ organic lemon with peel
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (better) or coconut oil
Wash the bittergourd and remove its seeds. Juice it together with lemon then add the olive oil. As simple as that! Your juice is ready! It is recommended to consume this juice every day. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water as well. After the third day, the stones will be eliminated in your urination.
This juice is very potent and bitter. It is recommended to try in a small amount and see if you have any reaction.
Bitter foods are not recommended for those who are pregnant, nursing, on prescription medications or undergoing any therapy. Bitters are very detoxifying and can cause a reaction in your body!
Source: Juicing For Health