Can a Swig of Cocktail Bitters Settle Your Stomach?

Turns out they might be doing more harm than good.

Can a Swig of Cocktail Bitters Settle Your Stomach?

Oz says: Save them for happy hour. Bitters, often made of herbs, flowers, and roots, definitely add a dash of flavor to your drink. In the past, various herbs were thought to contain medicinal properties, so bitters were believed to help alleviate nausea, fever, and coughs, says Kenneth Koch, M.D., chief of gastroenterology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Yet what makes logical sense doesn't end up making physiological sense, says Koch. "Bitters could increase acid secretion, which would slow down the emptying of the stomach and unsettle it even more."

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So when you're feeling queasy, leave the bitters to mixologists and reach for your favorite medicine-cabinet tummy remedy instead.

This story originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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