The Forgotten Organ – The Gallbladder

The gallbladder – a small, pear-shaped organ that sits underneath the liver.  The prevalence of gallstone disease often involves the removal of the gallbladder.  In the past it was said it was an organ that was not essential.  How wrong, they were!

This pear-shaped organ has a very important function in the digestive system. The liver makes a dark green bile (a detergent-like substance that comprises of water, bile salts, inorganic salts, bilirubin and fats), which is stored in the gallbladder.  The liver produces between 500 – 1000 ml of bile per day.  According to  Erin Gilbert, MD, an assistant professor of surgery at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. “It concentrates the bile into the form that’s best used for digestion,” Dr. Gilbert says. “When you eat, the bile is squeezed out of the gallbladder and goes into the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum, through the common bile duct.

When food with fat content is eaten and passes through the intestine, a hormone is released to stimulate the gallbladder and the bile (detergent like fluid) from the gallbladder to emulsify the fat and help digest the fat.  Frequent intake of fatty foods puts pressure on this organ, which results in excessive concentration of bile juices that manifests itself as gallstones.

Bile helps to lubricate the colon to do its job.  Bile also helps to neutralize hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach, which has a very low pH level between 1 to 2. This strong acidic concentration helps to break down foods, release enzymes, digest proteins present in the food, kill germs and bacteria that you may ingest.

In the United Starts there are over 300,000 gall bladders removed annually.  By doing a full body cleanse of the organs (liver, gallbladder and colon), it will not only increase bile flow but also greatly improve digestion and help prevent gallstones buildup.

Read the blog Body Cleansing 101 which focus on the methods to use for a full body cleanse of the liver, gallbladder and colon.  You  will find also find out a little more about the stomach acid and how to improve it.

Love Your Liver

A review of some vital organs will remind you that our organs work in tandem to complete a process that starts at the mouth and ends, well you know where!

In my last blog I provided information on  the first of the “three amigos”, the colon and why we need to keep the engine clean.  The second “amigo”, the liver plays a major role in the digestive system.

Our liver is a work horse (besides the heart) of the body.  It  works 24 hours a day and weighs just over one kilogram.  Situated under the diaphragm in the upper right part of the abdomen, the liver is the largest internal organ in the body.  Everything that enters our mouth, every breath through our nostrils and lotions rubbed our skin  are filtered through the liver.

Liver Size

According to Organs of the body.com there are 500 vital  functions of the liver which includes:

  • cleansing the blood
  • manufacturing essential body proteins
  • balancing the hormones
  • regulating cholesterol in the body
  • excreting bile for digestion

Liver Function

So as you can see the liver has a big job to do, filtering, converting and processing and can easily become overworked and burdened with toxins.

The bile secreted by the liver is of utmost interest to those of us, especially those with gut issues.  Bile helps to eliminate toxic substances from the body and aid digestion.  Bile is a green-yellow fluid, which contains detergent-like substances essential for digestion.  It is stored in the gall bladder, which contracts after eating and discharges bile into the small intestine.  So you see why I call these organs the “three amigos” (liver, gallbladder and colon).  They each have a role to play in the digestive system.

As for the liver, it has the unique ability of restoring itself.  We have this marvelous organ but pay little attention to it.  If you feel sluggish in the afternoons, suffer with headaches, bruise easily and have less than 2 bowel movements a day, then you may have a sluggish liver. You may consider doing a full body cleanse which includes the liver and gallbladder.   A healthy liver supports digestion.

See the blog about the gallbladder, which is sometimes viewed as an unnecessary organ in the body but should be considered as a vital component of the digestive system.

 

 

 

Digestive Health

I am an avid reader of health facts and information. I discovered that I have a passion for helping people live their best lives so I have begun the journey to become a health coach with Dr Berg – a well known  health educator specializing in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods.

Though not often welcomed, I always seem to have tips and advice for friends and family relating to living healthy through natural cures, foods and supplements.  One topic of particular interest to me is that of the digestive system and keeping it healthy and functioning.  Like many folks, I have had issues with constipation and bloating.  My aim is to share with you information and tips I have gathered, products I have discovered and much more.  I guess as I got older I have become wiser and need to share my knowledge with others. Is that not how life is supposed to be? To pass on your life’s secrets before moving on.

There are a plethora of information on the web but how does one assimilate all this information into relevant bite-size portion and not become overwhelmed? How do you know if they really work. My aim is to help you to gain control over your digestive issues.

Life is very busy and even though we try our best to eat healthy we do not always accomplish this. I will provide you with information, tips, products and natural cures to keep the digestive system functioning.  This blog aim is to keep you informed, without having to scurry the internet searching for information, which can be time-consuming. It is a step-by-step approach starting with a clean slate and then to maintenance for a healthy digestive system.

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These are the steps I took and I hope you will join me in on my journey as we learn to build a healthy digestive tract and banish bloating and constipation issues.   In my next blog I will start with some fundamentals on the organs that make up our digestive system.  This blog is about the digestive system, so anything that I discover to help you and I to maintain better digestive health will be shared – knowledge knows no boundaries.

If you would like to know more about the mechanics of this marvelous organ, watch this funny 5 minute video.

The road to happiness is….having a good digestive system