I've been taking around 1tsp of Swedish Bitters 2x/day ("gentle and stimulating, used historically for digestion") for two or three weeks, and recently I've been experiencing night sweats - I'll wake up sweaty, either still hot, or beginning to get cold from the sweat. The bitters seem to be the only likely candidate to cause the change. Does anyone have any insight into why they might be causing the sweats?
Some background: I'm a 29 year old male, have been gluten-free for 9 years, on and off SCD, have been various flavors of paleo for 2 years. I went GF/SCD to deal with digestive problems, but when I experimented with the Body Ecology Diet I found that I could drastically improve my acne when I cut out fruit, (and later nuts and chocolate). (Taking activated charcoal after eating these foods supresses the acne, which Paul Jaminet suggested was a sign that I'm still dealing with dysbiosis.) My current diet could be described as PHD (or GAPS+Safe starch) minus fruits, nuts, and chocolate.
I'm fine with dietary restrictions, but no one should have to live without fruits, nuts or chocolate, so I'm trying to improve my gut health back to a point where these foods no longer trigger acne. I've tried various things to improve my gut health, and I've found that the biggest effects were on my sleep. Eating VLC caused "black out sleep" which I asked about earlier, (Low blood pressure seemed the likely culprit there.) Regular bone broth gives me much more vivid dreams than I used to have (and, at the risk of TMI, some serious morning wood...). Bitters seem to be causing the night sweats.
I like taking the bitters, they seem to help my body figure out that the meal is over (otherwise my satiety signal doesn't kick in until 20-30 minutes after the meal, if at all, and I could eat basically forever) and I'd like to give them a shot for a few months to see the longer-term effects on my digestion, but I'd like to have some idea of what they might be doing to me now.
Any insight? Thanks