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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Do you know what happens when bile
becomes thick, sludgy, and sticky? What is
bile? Bile is the body’s emulsification
mechanism to break down fats and oils. Just
as soap works to break down fats, making
them water soluble, bile works in a similar
mechanism.
Bile consists of a mixture of bile salts, bile
acids, cholesterol, bilirubin and phospholipids,
mostly phosphotydlcholine. Bile salts
are a major eliminative pathway for heavy
metals and other toxins. For this reason
alone it is critical that the biliary channels
are open and free flowing.
After being made by the liver, bile is collected
and concentrated by the GB to 1/5 to
1/10th of its original volume. It is then released
for the emulsification of fats, fatty
acids, cholesterol and other lipids which
need to be digested and assimilated.
Examples of this are fat-soluble vitamins like
A, D, E, K, and CoQ.
These nutrients must be emulsified before
they can be utilized; so if your gallbladder
isn’t functioning right, you’re not absorbing
fat soluble nutrients the way you should.
The same bile acids are usually released and
reabsorbed several times for each meal
because they are recycled.
Another important GB mucosa function is to
recover sodium, chloride, bicarbonates and
other small electrolytes necessary to keep a
healthy acid/alkaline balance. In this way
GB helps alkalize and maintain intestinal pH
for healthy gut flora and discourages pathogenic
bacteria, fungal forms like candida,
and many types of amoeba and parasites
from taking up residence.
If the liver and gall bladder are doing their
job of making and releasing healthy bile,
many of the GI problems we see today
would not exist. Unfortunately the American
diet is not conducive to healthy bile flow
whether it is from the abuse of hydrogenated
oils, excess sugar and refined carbohydrates
or the reduction of fiber. The result is that
bile often becomes thick and sluggish. The
gallbladder becomes tender and swollen.
It’s amazing to me how many people have
this problem. Sugar cravings, hormonal
issues, gas, bloating, inability to tolerate
fatty meals, headaches, pain between the
shoulder blades or under the left shoulder
or just a generalized feeling of discomfort
after eating can all be attributed to biliary
stasis.
Fortunately we have a simple evaluation that may detect gallbladder health and a remedy that has

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