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Bitters Overcome Heartburn

Q. I frequently have heartburn when I eat spicy foods. Recently a bartender offered a concoction of club soda and bitters. He mixed 6 drops of bitters with a shot glass of soda. It worked instantly to relieve my heartburn. I now keep bitters and soda at home and it is effective every time.

A. Bitters have been used for hundreds of years to improve appetite or relieve indigestion. They contain an extract of herbs and barks. Bartenders use a few drops of bitters in certain mixed drinks such as bloody Mary, Manhattan, mojito or old fashioned.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I had bad heartburn and my daughter told me that she had heartburn at a work function and someone at the bar told her about it and it also worked instantly so I tried it and thank god work just as fast.

Bitters are a large class of hard liquor herb-based beverages, including Campari, Fernet Branca and many others, available at any liquor store.

…also ALMONDS will help and yellow mustard.

What are bitters? I know it something bar tenders use but what is it?

Bitters are an alcohol based infusion of roots, barks, fruit peels and spices, always contain a buttering plant such as gentian or devils club root.

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