When was the last time you had a craving for bitter foods?
Most people that eat a typical western diet crave sweets, salty, and savory foods. Chocolate, potato chips, french fries. All the stuff that isn’t helping you get healthy.
And the reason we crave those foods is because that is what our body is used to eating. But all those carbohydrates and bad fats are causing damage to our bodies.
Aside from obesity, all those sugars cause insulin sensitivity problems and eventually diabetes.
Enter the benefits of bitter foods.
Although probably not the most delicious (I admit it), they pack a ton of health benefits. Generally speaking, bitter foods have shown to have amazing ability to cleanse and detox the liver. Also, studies show that bitter foods increase saliva production and go a long way in improving digestion.
After incorporating bitter foods into your diet, people often notice that their cravings for unhealthy carbohydrates begin to fade and their body returns to balance.
Try incorporating these 6 amazing bitter choices below for some added benefits.
6 Bitter Foods To Try
1. Reishi Tea
One word, neurogenesis. This means that reishi has the ability to create new brain cells, which is essential for brain health and function.
Aside from that, reishi mushrooms are also great for boosting your immune system, preventing cardiovascular disease, and improving lung function. Sound amazing? It is. They are one of many medicinal mushrooms with tons of health benefits. Click here to learn more.
2. MSM Powder
MSM powder is super bitter when mixed with water, but its anti-aging properties are amazing. It is used in a lot of joint supplements for its ability to reduce inflammation to increase joint function and mobility.
3. Matcha Powder
This green powder is actually green tea leaves in powdered form. The leaves are covered in shade before harvest in order to even further concentrate the nutrients in the leave of the plant. The result is a nutrient packed health machine.
It is loaded in antioxidants. It comes from Japanese culture where they primarily used it for energy and focus, but this powder does so much more. Matcha reduces cortisol which has been shown to help reduce belly fat. It also is great for regulating blood sugar and even has anti-aging properties.
But be careful when you drink it, it has high caffeine content so you might want to drink it earlier in the day.
Although not as profound as the rest of this list, ginger is commonly referred to as a bitter food.
If you are still unfamiliar with the benefits of ginger, check out the in depth article we have. To get the most benefits, combine dried ginger powder and fresh ginger root to make a ginger tea.
Cacao is still relatively unknown for its health benefits and even recently got exposure as being a party drug. But the reality is that this superfood that comes from the Amazon is loaded with nutrients such as fiber, iron, and magnesium.
Because it is the unsweetened seed that is eventually processed into chocolate, it is easy to see that the benefits mirror those of chocolate without the negative effects.
Within a long list of benefits, the one that stands out is a mood enhancer and stabilizer. No wonder everyone loves chocolate!
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has many benefits. This vinegar is the only one that is alkaline forming for the body. This is what makes it an amazing use for detoxification among many other things.
If you have yet to try any of these amazing bitter superfoods listed here, don’t wait! All five of these foods are packed with antioxidants and nutrients and will help you on your path to better health.
It is easy to give into our cravings for unhealthy carbohydrate and sugar loaded foods, but that only leads to a path of sickness and disease. Once small step in the right direction can have an incredible impact on your life. You just have to start somewhere. What are you waiting for?