Happy Thursday to you all. I hope people are now getting into a pattern of eating, resting and exercising when possible.
As you all know the liver filters, breaks down, converts, and stores various substances so that your body can use or remove them. One essential component to this process is BILE.
After filtering the blood, the liver produces bile. In fact bile production is one of the top functions of the liver.
It is made from bile acids (or salts), cholesterol, phospholipids and water.
Both the liver and your gallbladder are involved with the formation of bile and healthy bile flow is absolutely essential for your overall health.
It plays an important role in the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine as well as flushing the liver of toxins.
Bile, also known as gall, is a thick and sticky, yellow-green fluid stored in the gallbladder. Bile also works as a signalling molecule both inside and outside of the liver. The liver produces about 800 to 1,000 milliliters (27 to 34 fluid ounces) of bile each day.
Healthy bile is filled with vitamins minerals and chemical compounds that work overtime to heal the inner lining of the gallbladder
BILE, FIBRE & TOXIN REMOVAL
When bile is secreted into the small intestine, fat soluble toxins are absorbed by the bile along with heavy metals, moulds and bacterial toxins. Fibre then absorbs the toxin-saturated bile carrying it through the intestines to be eliminated in poop. Bile lubricates the small intestines and stool. Less lubrication can result in constipation and too much can lead to diarrhoea.
Unfortunately many have a low bile production due to sluggish and weakened livers. With this the liver has to curb bile acid production because it has so many other critical functions to perform, so it will provide just enough, but almost operate at 50% capacity. A healthier liver produces stronger bile and more of it which supports effective toxin elimination.
After a meal, bile is released from the gallbladder into the intestine. Bile acids contained in bile are critical for fat digestion. They breakdown fats into smaller constituents so it can be absorbed. After that job is completed, bile is recycled through the blood back to storage in the gallbladder. Our body recovers ninety-five percent of bile acids from the bowel content.
WEIGHT STAGNATION: Bile salts break down fats, so adequate bile is required for processing fats and, as such, are essential for weight loss.
DRY HAIR; SKIN & NAILS: Bile helps the intestines absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fat soluble vitamins, like vitamins A, D, E and K can only be broken down in the body if there is adequate bile.
STONE FORMATION: If bile is not continually being produced and flowing, cholesterol stones can result.
Eating bitters first (rocket leaves, lemon juice and radish) or apple cider vinegar in water, eating mindfully and chewing food well, giving time to relax with your meal will all help with digestive capabilities.
The use of bitter herbs such as choleretics and cholagogues, may help to increase both the production and flow of bile, and also support the healthy resorption of bile.