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Are bitters Paleo? How to remove alcohol from bitters?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I want to try bitters to help out my digestion. However, the only bitter I can get has alcohol. I know alcohol is not Paleo.

  1. Is there a way to evaporate the alcohol at low temperatures (without boiling it or adding boiling water)?

  2. Has anyone tried any bitters? Do they really work?

  3. Does alcohol kill bacteria in your gut?

  4. Can you take probiotics after you take bitter?

Thank you.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:48 PM

You can take the apple cider vinegar to improve digestion too btw

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:47 PM

I think you are referring to the same thing

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 23, 2012
at 05:22 PM

I am taking probiotics now three times per day, but I do not digest food well so I was thinking about bitters. I will try the double boiler. Maybe that will work.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 23, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Thank you for your answer. It means - no bitters for me. At least for now.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 23, 2012
at 05:20 PM

I know, but I cannot get it where I live. I can only buy the one with alcohol.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 23, 2012
at 05:19 PM

In my country they don't have Swedish bitters. They only have bitters that have alcohol, sorry.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on August 23, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Oh, if you go to a herb shop and collect all the ingredients listed you can make your own tincture using apple cider vinegar instead of alcohol btw

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91119f53c3827f5c7fc90b98cab85b04

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on August 23, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Flora also make one that is alcohol-free http://www.amazon.com/Swedish-Bitters-Alcohol-Flora-Inc/dp/B0006PKHCK

I notice you ask about a way to go without boiling water but to my knowledge there isnt a way to avoid that route if you have a tincture containing alcohol. You can put a dropperful in about an ounce of water that has been boiled and it will neutralize the alcohol. Alcohol will kill gut flora but in very small amounts it wont have much of an impact. If you are really sensitive and have the option it is better to use an alcohol free formulation. The larger issue with alcohol is that it will feed yeast like wildfire if you have an issue with that, and also is a gut irritant for people with gut issues.

Take half a dropper or spoonful of the bitters and hold it on the back of the tongue for a few seconds just prior to or after each meal to stimulate the vagus nerve and production of stomach acid for those with weak digestion or digestive issues. I have tried this but not consistently enough to produce any noticeable results. I have found fermented vegetables eaten with protein meals to work better for me to aid digestion.

I would suggest taking your probiotic on an empty stomach first thing in the am, with just water and one hour away from any other food, drink, or supplements. If you want to follow up with a second daily dose of probiotic you can take it under the same conditions, before bed - as long as it is at least 3 hours after you have finished your last meal (on a reasonably empty stomach).

I couldn't argue specifically whether or not bitters, probiotics, or any other supplements are paleo but am more concerned with whether or not they can help to improve digestion or achieve other wellness goals.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 23, 2012
at 05:22 PM

I am taking probiotics now three times per day, but I do not digest food well so I was thinking about bitters. I will try the double boiler. Maybe that will work.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 23, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Thank you for your answer. It means - no bitters for me. At least for now.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 23, 2012
at 05:20 PM

I know, but I cannot get it where I live. I can only buy the one with alcohol.

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87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

on August 23, 2012
at 03:05 PM

Do you mean swedish bitters? I think the Hilde Hemmes Brand has no alcohol. http://www.healthproductsonline.com.au/hilde-hemmes-swedish-bitters-500ml-tincture.html

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on August 25, 2012
at 12:48 PM

You can take the apple cider vinegar to improve digestion too btw

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on August 23, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Oh, if you go to a herb shop and collect all the ingredients listed you can make your own tincture using apple cider vinegar instead of alcohol btw

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 23, 2012
at 05:19 PM

In my country they don't have Swedish bitters. They only have bitters that have alcohol, sorry.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on August 25, 2012
at 12:47 PM

I think you are referring to the same thing

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