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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.

Colon Detox – Why Necessary

When I purchased my car several years ago I remembered the car dealer’s last parting words of advice “make sure you do your oil change regularly“.  I acknowledged his advice and parted ways.  That was 10 years ago and I still drive the same vehicle, even though the body is showing signs of aging the engine still revs like a new v6.  Every 3 months for the past 10 years (sometimes I go longer on synthetic oil) I get my scheduled oil change and they slap a sticker on my car window to remind me when the next service is due.

Well, I thought about this recently and can equate the digestive system to the engine of  a car.  If the oil, oil filter and spark plugs, for example, have not been changed for a while, the car will be sluggish and will not perform optimally.  Likewise, if the liver, colon and gallbladder are not working optimally your body will be sluggish and the intestine will not operate smoothly.

The small intestine is the longest part of the digestive system. The primary function of the small intestine is to absorb the nutrients from the food for use in the body. Its other jobs include physical breakdown, chemical digestion, secretion of mucus and hormones, packaging of waste products, and so on“. (Organs of the body.com)

Small Intestine Location

The colon is the final stage of digestion and its main function is to get rid of waste. “The colon is also known as the large bowel or large intestine. It is an organ that is part of the digestive system (also called the digestive tract) in the human body. ……A healthy colon will rid your body of the leftovers it no longer needs. Your stool is filled with bacteria, so it is important to pass this out of your body. If your colon isn’t working the way it should, you will experience problems such as bloating, gas and pain“. (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons)

When I take my car to get an oil change, the technician don’t simply add more oil to the engine and away I drive.  No, they drain and discard the old oil and replace it with the new one. Likewise we need to clean and detox our organs as a full body cleanse (liver, gallbladder, colon or as I like to call them “three amigos”) before engaging in a maintenance program.

See my blogs about the liver and the gallbladder, and their role in the digestive system. You will find also find information on products to use for a whole body cleanse. There are also many natural aids to help keep your stomach happy, which we will explore.

 

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.