Bladders: Who Needs One, Anyway?
because you can survive without your gall bladder doesnít
mean it didnít do anything for you!
gall bladder removal is a life-saving surgery that you donít need to
think twice about: When your gall bladder goes bad, you gotta get it
just because you can survive without your gall bladder doesnít mean
it didnít do anything for you. Furthermore, it doesnít mean that
there is nothing you can do about its departure.
what is the gall bladder and what does it do? To begin, here are a few
gall bladder basics:
bladders store bile.
used hormones and drugs out of your body.
gives you vitamins A, E, D, and essential fatty acids.
need these vitamins and essential fatty acids for brain function,
sex hormones, vision, bone building and many other vital
if you no longer have a gall bladder or if yours isnít functioning
very well? Does that mean
you have no bile, and are destined to a life of poor health and early
demise because you canít get any fat soluble vitamins and essential
fatty acids? Fortunately,
it isnít that grim.
see, bile is made by the liver, so even without a gall bladder, your
liver will still produce bile and you will receive its benefits.
However, without a gall bladder to store bile, your digestive system
no longer receives bile in the quantity that it once did. Thus, your
ability to digest fat decreases dramaticallyóthough not completely.
This is why many people without gall bladders eventually begin
to experience bloating and gas after eating. They simply donít
digest fats as well as they once did.
help is available! An
inexpensive supplement called Cholacol, by Standard Process, provides
bile salts. Take two when
you eat a meal, and your fat digestion improves immediately.
If your gall bladder has been removed, Cholacol should be on
your lifelong supplement list so that you continue to get the benefits
of fat digestion.
about folks who have a gall bladder, but still arenít digesting fats
well? They fall into the
group of poorly functioning gall bladders.
In these cases, I usually recommend A-F Betafood to thin the
bile, thus allowing the liver and gall bladder to function better.
all this talk of problems, perhaps you are now wondering, ďHow do I
know if my gall bladder is functioning well?Ē Here are a few classic
signs of gall bladder malfunction:
and bloating after eating, especially after eating fats and oils;
at the right shoulder blade, particularly the tip of the shoulder
hormonal related problem, as discussed below.
bladder function can be further evaluated with blood tests and/or
advanced imaging techniques of ultrasound and dye-injection x-rays.
you find out you have gall stones, you donít have to rush into
surgery. There are several
natural substances that are thought to help dissolve gall stones,
including Magnesium Citrate, Taurine, N-Acetyl Cysteine, lecithin,
malic acid, Omega-3 oils (cold water Alaska salmon is a great source
of Omega-3ís), S-adenosymmethionine, D-limonene, rice bran and
far we have discussed the gall bladder in relation to fat digestion.
Now, letís look at the bileís role in removing used
hormones and drugs from your body.
In brief, it works like this:
hormones and drugs are cleaned from the blood stream by the liver.
liver deposits used hormones into bile.
travels to the gall bladder where it is stored until you eat a
meal with fat or oil.
you eat that fat containing meal, your gall bladder empties bile
into the small intestine, where fat digestion takes place.
used bile is excreted in your feces, along with the used hormones
and drugs. (Of course, you need good colon function to carry the
feces out of the body to prevent reabsorbing the hormones and
drugs excreted with the bile, but that is a different article!)
is used hormone excretion important?
Because used hormones that arenít excreted may be reabsorbed
by the bloodstream. Reabsorbed hormones then alter the amount of
hormones circulating in your body, possibly giving you too much of one
hormone in relation to another. If
the proportions of hormones get out of balance due to reabsorption,
you can have problems. Some
of you may already be familiar with such problems if you have PMS or
menopausal symptoms. Adrenal
hormones are also excreted in this way, and they affect water
retention, blood pressure and your ability to handle stress.
This applies to both men and women.
article on gall bladders and natural health would be complete without
mentioning gall bladder flushes. While I am not advocating gall
bladder flushes, I do want to explain them.
First, a warning:
Never do any gall bladder flush unless you are near a hospital.
If you have gall stones, there is the possibility of a gall
stone lodging in the bile duct that empties bile from the gall
bladder. This is what
leads to emergency gall bladder surgery.
Theoretically, a gall bladder flush could loosen a stone that
would lodge in the bile duct. I
have never heard of this happening, but why take chances? A small
comfort: If a gall stone
lodges in your bile duct while doing a flush, it would have been only
a matter of time before it happened anyway.
bladder/liver flush regimens can be found at your local health food
store. The basics are
taking apple juice and acid drops for a few days, eating a fruit salad
with whipping cream, then taking oil and lemon juice afterwards.
Some regimens include enemas and the use of Epsom salts.
Here is the thinking behind the regimen:
juice and acid drops soften the gall stones.
salad gives the colon bulk and provides a laxative effect so that
the colon is ready to excrete whatever the gall bladder empties
cream urges the gall bladder to empty all of its bile into the
latter dose of oil again urges the gall bladder to empty. However,
as it has already emptied all its bile, it now pushes out stones.
lemon juice helps soften the stones so they push out more easily.
and Epsom salts encourage colon function, thus emptying quickly
all the waste that the gall bladder emptied into the colon.
of people who have done gall bladder flushes report feeling better.
However, there is a limit to the size of stones a flush can expel.
While a flush is not for everyone, if you do it, please also
remember my warning!
now you know why you should treasure your gall bladder for its role in
digesting fats, allowing you to benefit from fat-soluble vitamins, and
disposing of used hormones and drugs. Give your gall bladder the treat
of regular Omega-3 oils. If
you donít have a gall bladder, be kind to the rest of your body by
using Cholacol or another bile salt supplement.
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