Digestive Bitters - BEFORE

Original price $27.99 - Original price $151.15
Original price
$27.99 - $151.15
Current price $27.99
  • Aids digestion and liver detoxification
  • Delightfully tasty (balanced, not bitter)
  • Before-a-meal formula
  • About 40 servings
“I absolutely love these before and after meal bitters! Not only are they delicious but they do help with digestion.”

How Digestive Bitters can help hormones

  • Aids liver detoxification: Burdock, dandelion root, and andrographis are bitter herbs that have been shown to move toxins, protect the liver, and help it regenerate. The liver plays a vital role in overcoming Estrogen Dominance and a healthy thyroid function.
  • Helps bind "dirty" estrogens: The increase in bile then helps address Estrogen Dominance.
  • May enhance fertility: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the leading cause of infertility in women, and now there’s a possibility bitters could help.

How Digestive Bitters support overall health

  • Improve digestion: Thanks to increased enzyme secretion and stomach acid production.
  • Better bile production: Which in turn eases constipation, improves fat digestion (key to HDL “good” cholesterol formation), estrogen metabolism, and regular bowel movements.
  • Lower inflammation in the gut: A bitter combination of myrrh, chamomile, and coffee charcoal was comparable to the drug mesalamine in helping ulcerative colitis patients maintain remission.
  • Lessen acid reflux: Bitters improve the tone of the esophageal sphincter, according to animal studies.
  • Activate the parasympathetic nervous system: Stimulates the vagus nerve. This can help get you out of “fight or flight” and into “rest and digest” mode.
  • Healthy skin: By supporting the liver, you support the skin. When the liver gets overwhelmed as a detoxification system, the skin can be used as a second resort for elimination of toxins. Even psoriasis has a liver connection. Other examples include “liver rashes” and jaundiced skin associated with liver disease.

Featured Ingredients: Before Bitters

Gentian Creates significant “digestive fire.” Benefits include: regulates inflammatory response, increases bile flow, liver decongestant, stimulates GI secretions (promotes digestion, promotes peristalsis, and relieves constipation).
Schisandra A mighty adaptogen which restores the adrenal cortex, generates strength, and improves fatigue. Benefits include: helps with sleep, protects the liver from toxins, increases bile flow, antibacterial, anti-ulcer, immunomodulator, antioxidant, and supports liver detoxification.
Angelica Helps with dyspepsia (heartburn), flatulence, nocturia (overnight urination), arthritis, stroke, dementia, circulation problems, “runny nose”, nervousness and anxiety, and trouble sleeping (insomnia). It also has strong expectorant properties (loosens up mucus and expels it
Ginger Regulates inflammatory response, aromatic, stomachic (salivary and gastric secretagogue effect), GI tonic, antiemetic (acts on the parasympathetic nervous system), analgesic (pain reliever by inhibiting biosynthesis of prostaglandins and leukotrienes), relieves flatulence, iincreases bile flow, cholesterol reducing, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, and antifungal.

And it includes...

Clove Warms the stomach, aids digestion, and is a circulatory stimulant.
Meadowsweet Regulates GI inflammatory responses (can help gastritis, ulcers, dyspepsia), relieves acid, and helps relieve pain.
Did you know?
Bitters have been used as a pre- and post-meal digestive throughout culinary cultures; from Sweden, France, Italy, to India, and Korea. They got popularized by British sailers who started adding it to cocktails, the first one being the Old Fashioned using Angostura bitters which are made with gentian (also used in our bitters).

How this product can help:

  • Improve digestion
  • Aid liver detoxification
  • Balance hormones
  • Improve bowel movements
  • Reduce acid reflux
  • Feel lighter and more energetic after meals

This Product Works Best With

How to use
2-4 Pumps Before Meals

Recommended use: To prepare your digestive system, pump 2 to 4 squirts into your mouth BEFORE a meal. You can use it before each meal. Enjoy the good work of the herbs and their deep flavors.

Our Ingredients

Before: Gentian (Gentiana lutea)*, Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis), Angelica (Angelica archangelica)*, Ginger (Zingiber officinale)*, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)*, Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)*, Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)* * Organic

Quality Check

A quality herbal supplement should
  • be 3rd party tested for contaminants y
  • be FREE of gluten, dairy, soy, fillers and additives
  • taste good!


Are you Estrogen Dominant? This formula is designed to help your hormones. We've put together several herbs, vitamins, and minerals that synergistically support hormone balance in women. This formula works its magic in women going through peri- and menopause as much as PMS and irregular periods. – MAGDALENA WSZELAKI, FOUNDER OF WELLENA

Frequently Asked Questions

For best results, take the bitters any time between 15 minutes or immediately before or after a meal.
The Wellena Digestive Bitters can be taken every day. If you are using bitters from other brands, that might not be the case.
You can but the bitter receptors in your body need a higher concentration of bitters for you to gain the medicinal benefits.
Pregnant women, children, and people with ulcers and gastritis, and former alcoholics should avoid bitters. If you are sensitive to any of the herbs present in the bitters, avoid the product.
Our Wellena Before Digestive Bitters are 90% organic and After Digestive Bitters are 80% organic. The non-organic herbs are responsibly wildcrafted and confirmed not to contain any harmful compounds.
Our glycerin is derived from coconut.
Our alcohol/ethanol is derived from sugarcane.
Unfortunately, we do not. Many of the medicinal constituents found in herbs are only alcohol-soluble and won’t get extracted by water or glycerin alone.
It’s officially 3 years but they are likely to last much longer. We hope you use them much sooner than that!
If you have stomach ulcers, you should avoid bitters for the time being – although it depends on the blend of herbs. The herb gentian, as an example, stimulates the stomach’s production of hydrochloric acid (HCL), which will irritate the ulcer. The same goes for if you have gastritis. You can use gentian and other HCL-promoting herbs once you heal your stomach lining.
Digestive bitters have a proven track record to helping digest food better which may result in feeling lighter after meals, experiencing less acid reflux, burping, flatulence, and constipation. The liver loves bitters, too, the bitter taste facilitates detoxification. Bitters also stimulate bile flow which is helpful in digestive fatty meals and metabolism of “dirty” estrogens (present in estrogen dominance). Bitters have also been shown to balance blood sugar levels and activate the parasympathetic (rest-and-relax) nervous system.
Yes, many bitter users swear that bitters have relieved their constipation.
Before dinner, yes. Before bedtime, we don’t recommend it as it may make you feel hungry and cause night waking.
Yes, almost every culinary tradition has an element of bitterness. Some in the form of aperitifs (like Campari in North Italy, pastis in France, ouzo in Greece), others as condiments (green mango chutney in India, mustard in many countries).
The role of digestive bitters is to stimulate your own body to produce and release the various enzymes that aid digestion. Taking digestive enzymes is giving your body these enzymes. For some people, taking bitters creates enough enzymatic activity that they don’t need enzymes. For others, it’s not enough and they need to supplement with enzymes. So, it really depends on your age and digestive “fire.” We suggest starting with the bitters and see if that’s enough. If not, add the digestive enzymes. You know you’ve taken too many digestive aids when you develop nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramping or discomfort, headache, neck pain or nasal congestion.

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