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Today I am going to talk about a very important fluid in your body - bile. I will talk about what this fluid is and what it does. I'll also talk about why keeping this particular system running smoothly is so important. And finally, I will share the top 10 things to increase bile from the gallbladder.
This will help you to:
- Care for your gallbladder and biliary health.
- Stay healthy if you don't have a gallbladder.
- Eliminate constipation, bloating, and other symptoms.
- Avoid gallstones.
In this article:
- The gallbladder and bile: what are they?
- Why is bile important?
- Symptoms of low bile
- Causes of low bile
- Top 10 things that increase bile from the gallbladder
- My Gallbladder Formula can help too
- Signs you don't need more
The gallbladder and bile: what are they?
Bile is fluid in the body that is often forgotten and overlooked. It is a substance that breaks down fats from our food(1). It is created by the liver and delivered to the gallbladder (2). The gallbladder is a small organ that is connected to the liver.
Bile works like the detergent you put in your dishwasher. It dissolves greasy, oily fats from our food(4). It is made up of bile salts, cholesterol, and waste products like bilirubin. Bilirubin is a pigment that gives it color(5).
Whenever we eat, concentrated bile is released from the gallbladder into the small intestine through the common bile ducts(6). There, it breaks down fat from large particles into smaller ones with the help of the pancreas(7). Once fats are broken down in the small intestine, your body can begin to use those fats as fuel(8).
95% of bile is recycled by the body. It gets reabsorbed so that it can be reused(9).
Why is bile important?
This important fluid has many essential functions in the body. These include:
- Breaking down fat(10).
- Lubricating the colon(11).
- Killing bad bacteria(12).
- Helping maintain microbial balance in the gut(13).
- Allowing for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, and E(14).
- Alkalizing stomach acid to neutralize it.
- Helping toxins to move through the body and be removed(15).
- Converting thyroid hormone into its active state(16).
- Helping the body get rid of cholesterol to prevent high cholesterol(17).
Biliary and gallbladder problems can impact any and all of these functions. When this happens, a wide variety of symptoms can occur.
Symptoms of low bile
There are many different symptoms related to low levels.
- Pain with digestion(20).
- Stool that floats, is pale in color or has a bad odor(21).
- Oily anal leakage(21).
- Right shoulder pain (22).
- Low thyroid function and hypothyroid issues (23).
- Vitamin deficiencies (24).
- Low absorption of essential fatty acids(25).
But how does it get too low? What are some common causes of these symptoms?
Causes of low bile
Many different issues can cause low levels. Problems can occur from bile duct blockage with gallstones, for example. Impaired recycling, absorption problems, or eating patterns can also be at play. Some risk factors include:
- Gallstones. Blockage of the common bile ducts due to gallstones can prevent bile flow. Cholesterol stones are one form of gallstones. A gallstone can get lodged in the bile ducts or anywhere in the biliary system, blocking flow(26).
- Colon damage. Whether due to leaky gut, heavy antibiotic use, or gastric bypass surgery, a damaged colon impairs the biliary recycling system and you won't end up with enough of this important substance(27).
- Vomiting and diarrhea. These can deplete your system(28).
- Unhealthy digestive tract and unbalanced gut microbiome. You must have a healthy digestion and good microbes for the recycling process to go smoothly and to maintain healthy levels(29).
- Eating too frequently. Every time you eat, bile is produced to break down the fats in your food. If you eat too often, it won't have time to get concentrated between meals(30).
- Removal of the gallbladder. If you have gallbladder issues or have gallstones in your bile ducts, some doctors will recommend gallbladder surgery. But without the gallbladder doing its job of concentrating the fluid released by the liver, you likely won't have enough of it in your body(31).
A note on gallbladder removal:
Gallbladder removal is fairly common if you have gallstones or other gallbladder problems. But it shouldn't be. I urge you to keep your gallbladder at all costs! It plays an important role in the body(32).
If you have already had it removed or simply can't avoid it, you will want to be especially diligent about increasing your bile production so that your body has enough to stay healthy.
As always, it's best to care for your gallbladder health before problems occur.
Top 10 things that increase bile from the gallbladder
There are many ways to increase output from the liver and gallbladder. This will help you avoid many of the symptoms listed above. No one wants gallstones or vitamin deficiencies, so give these options a go.
Below are the top 10 things I recommend using to increase output. These are very important for people who already don't have a gallbladder. But they are also helpful even if you still have yours.
1. Beet Tops(33)
These are great steamed, raw in a salad, or blended into a kale shake.
Ginger adds great flavor to dishes and also makes a wonderful, healthy tea.
Artichokes stimulate the liver to produce more bile. They are delicious steamed.
4. Lemon and lime(36)
Citrus fruits like lemons are a great option for this. They add great, fresh flavor to foods and are very versatile.
5. Dandelion greens(37)
Dandelion is a great choice for liver health. This unique alternative can be steamed, wilted, eaten raw, or blended into smoothies.
6. Milk thistle(38)
Milk thistle is great for the liver and gallbladder. Take it as a supplement.
This is a good supplement for reversing a fatty liver. It helps break down fat.
Turmeric adds wonderful color to your dishes. It is also great anti-inflammatory food(41).
Taken as a supplement, betaine can help support healthy digestion and promote bile flow(42).
10. Bile salts
My Gallbladder Formula can help too
Are you missing your gallbladder? Do you want to promote healthy digestion? Looking to get rid of bloating and constipation?
If yes, then you may want to give my Gallbladder Formula a try. It is designed to help you find relief from all angles. Overall, it helps supports a healthy gallbladder, liver, and pancreas for healthy fat digestion. It also helps with stomach acidity and preventing gallstones.
Signs you don't need more
There are a few cases when you may not want to produce more bile, as your body already has too much. Some circumstances where taking bile salts or boosting your production may be a problem include:
- You have a hyperthyroid condition like Grave's disease(44).
- You have diarrhea(45).
- Your small intestine is damaged(46).
- Your stomach is already too alkaline(47).
The liver and gallbladder play a very important role in your body. And bile may well be one of the most overlooked, yet essential fluids in the body.
Improving gallbladder function means promoting good flow, concentration, and recycling of this substance. You also want to keep your bile ducts nice and clear of gallstones.
Consume the 10 things listed above to keep this system running well. A healthy gallbladder diet can include delicious foods like beet greens, ginger, and turmeric.
This will help you use fat as fuel, absorb nutrients, maintain microbe balance, and more.