The Lifecycle of Bile and How the Gallbladder Works
While the following explanation of the gallbladder’s function is very simplistic, it should give an overview that explains the importance of the role bile plays in digestion and toxin removal.
Bile is a bitter, dark green to yellow/brown fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder between meals. The gallbladder concentrates bile’s potency. Bile is discharged to aid in digestion of fat and fat soluble vitamins. Bile is also used to eliminate waste such as excess cholesterol, bilirubin, and toxins.
When we eat fats and proteins, the gallbladder expels stored bile acids into the small intestine where the bile emulsifies fat and fat soluble vitamins, permitting the body to digest fat with pancreatic enzymes called lipase. Up to 95% of the bile is then absorbed back into the blood and transported through the portal vein to the liver. The liver again stores the bile in the gallbladder.
The liver can be easily overwhelmed by a toxic lifestyle. Since the liver uses bile to transport toxins to the kidneys and intestines for elimination, an overburdened body can result in a sluggish liver, kidneys, and gallbladder.
Gallstones can form in the gallbladder or in the bile duct. There are many theories as to why gallstones form; while it appears there are multiple reasons, a sluggish system seems to play a part in every scenario (this is also true for kidney stones). While conventional doctors often feel that gallstones happen purely by chance, it is apparent all factors that can lead to gallstones are attributed to a toxic and unhealthy lifestyle.
Pain caused by stones in the bile duct or inflammation and swelling of the gallbladder is generally referred to as a gallbladder attack. Conventional medical treatment is removal of the organ.
Without the gallbladder (or if the gallbladder is not functioning properly) the body’s capacity to digest fats and fat soluble vitamins is radically impaired. The body also has a much harder time eliminating toxins. Consequently, excess fat is stored along with toxins. Toxins also circulate throughout the body where they accumulate and cause problems.
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