High cholesterol? Think gallbladder

Is there a connection between the gallbladder, high cholesterol and the heart? There is! And it is a strong one.

It is a well-known fact that the liver and the gallbladder regulate blood cholesterol level.

The link between the gallbladder and the heart can be traced to a substance produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. This substance is called the bile.

You may have never heard of bile before, yet bile has major of influence over digestion, immunity, and cardiovascular health. If you ever thought about

you need to optimize your bile. Unfortunately many people are bile deficient.


Light poop means low bile

Bile is made in the liver. Between meals bile is collected in the gall bladder and it is released during a fatty meal. It is the bile exactly the substance that gives poop a brown color.

Darker poop means there the more bile inside. In other words the poop color tells how much bile is released by the gallbladder. It is sort of like a quick diagnostic technique. Look into a toilet. How’s does your poop look like?

Your poop should be saturated with bile, thus it should be dark, not yellow or pale. If it is on a yellow of pale side, you may suspect bile deficiency. Bile deficiency is not something you want, because it causes other problems, such as high cholesterol.

A side note for constipated folks. Constipated poop is always darker and does not indicate good bile flow. Constipated poop stays longer in the intestines and has a much more time to be saturated by the bile, so the poop is darker not because of good bile output, but because of extra time in the intestines.


Bile removes cholesterol and does other things 


Bile removes cholesterol

Bile is made of cholesterol. The more bile is made the more cholesterol is taken out of circulation. Low bile production means that there is very little cholesterol removed. So, if you have cholesterol problem an intelligent thing to do is to ensure better bile production.


Bile regulates bowels

Bile decides on intestinal health and frequency of bowel movements. For example, lack of bile leads to diarrhea after fatty meals. Bile is needed to break down fat in the intestines. Without it grease is not broken down and not absorbed. Fat stays in the intestines and causes fatty stools. These are slippery and are hard to control. Diarrhea after fatty meals suggests bile deficiency.

But constipation does not mean the opposite. Constipation does not have to result from too much bile. Strangely, constipation can also result from bile insufficiency. Bile homogenizes matter and make stools softer to pass. If constipation is accompanied by bloating, indigestion, fullness, and a litany of other symptoms of digestive incapacity consider that low bile may be the underlying cause. Lack of bile is one of the causes behind microbial overgrowth of the intestines including Candida.


Bile cleans lymphatics

Lymphatic system is a home for your immune system. You need strong lymphatics to fight infections, calm down inflammation, and prevent cancers. Bile is a frequently forgotten, yet tremendously important factor that cleanses lymphatic system. Lymphatic fluid is filtered by the liver. Filtered debris end up in the gallbladder as part of the bile. Frequent infections and bloating may be tied together if poor lymphatic flow is a common denominator. If this is the case liver health needs to be improved.

Symptoms of bile deficiency or bile flow problems

  • Low or high cholesterol in blood. Bile is a primary route for cholesterol removal.
  • Indigestion, irregular bowel movement, bloating, bitter taste in mouth, light colored stools, or Candida symptoms. Bile is directly related to function of digestion.
  • Vitamin deficiency especially vitamin D. Vitamin D is fat soluble, and without bile you cannot absorb it. Suspect long term bile insufficiency if you have osteoporosis.
  • Presence of gallstones. They are nothing else, but the end result of super-concentrated bile, which never made it to the intestines.
  • Skin or vaginal itching: bile that does not make it to the gallbladder will irritate skin
  • Environmental sensitivities. Liver detoxifies chemicals, which end up in the bile. Insufficient bile results in insufficient detoxification and over-sensitivity to the environment.
  • Thick blood and excessive clotting. Vitamin E is a natural blood thinner. Vitamin E requires bile for absorption.  


Common causes of low bile:

  • Lack of nutrients necessary for bile production;
  • Lack of specific dietary fibres, which are necessary for bile removal;
  • Liver inflammation; inflammation can cause bile ducts to swell up and block bile flow.
  • Food allergies. Bile ducts can swell and cut off the flow of the lymphatics if allergenic foods are eaten. These are frequently hidden allergies that can only be revealed via specialized tests.
  • Sugary diet. Bile becomes thicker sludgier after only a few weeks of high refined carbohydrate diet. So, the more sugar and white flour in the diet the more chances for gall stones and sluggish lymphatics. And this means poorer bile flow.

Bile and a healthy gallbladder is extremely important for overall health. It is very easy to remove an ailing gallbladder, but this does nothing to improve bile flow. To the contrary, it makes bile flow even more irregular. Unfortunately, standard medicine sees gallbladder as an organ not worth repairing. If you are scheduled for surgery make sure that this is for absolutely the only option you have. A licensed Naturopathic Doctor or a Medical Doctor trained in functional medicine will be able to advise you.

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