- Weight gain
- Diarrhea after eating fatty foods
- Coating on the tongue
- Intolerance to fatty foods
- Light or clay-colored stools
- Heaviness at the base or under the right rib cage
- Poor fat digestion
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By optimizing both bile production and flow with gallbladder nutrients, you can help to support healthy gallbladder function.
But first off, what is bile made of?
Bile is a greenish/yellow fluid that is produced by the liver then stored in the gallbladder.
The primary bile acids are cholic acid and chenodeoxycholic acid, synthesized from cholesterol in the liver. These bile acids are then conjugated with the amino acids glycine and taurine to make bile salts. The bile is stored and concentrated in the gallbladder.
In the gallbladder, bile acids form micelles with phosphatidylcholine and cholesterol to mix fat and water, which is essential for the digestion and absorption of fats.
The conversion of cholesterol to bile acids is critical for preventing the accumulation of cholesterol, triglycerides, and toxic metabolites that injure the liver and other organs.
Problems in bile acid metabolism can cause elevated cholesterol or fats in the blood, fatty liver, diabetes, and insulin resistance.
After a meal, the hormone CCK (cholecystokinin) stimulates the gallbladder to contract and release bile.
The primary function of the gallbladder in the digestive system is to secrete bile to emulsify fats. The emulsification of dietary fats enables the lipase enzyme secreted by the pancreas to further digest fats.
Optimal digestion and absorption of fats require adequate bile production and flow. Intolerance to fatty foods and fat malabsorption is often due to a sluggish gallbladder.
After emulsifying fats in the small intestine, 95% of bile salts are reabsorbed at the end of the small intestine. The bile salts are taken back to the liver, where they are recycled to form new bile acids.
Both adequate bile production and flow is crucial to prevent fat malabsorption symptoms such as:
- Greasy/oily stools
- Floating stools that can be difficult to flush
- Foul-smelling stools
Bile formation and flow are essential for optimal gallbladder function. Bile formation without bile flow is not beneficial if the bile cant exit the gallbladder due to thick sludgy bile.
Bile flow is only beneficial if there is adequate bile produced. To have optimal gallbladder function, you need both bile formation and bile flow.
Many people struggling with a sluggish gallbladder have problems with both bile production and bile flow.
Seeking Health’s Gallbladder Nutrients is a unique blend of herbs and nutrients intended to support both the formation and flow of bile.
Many gallbladder supplements only support bile production or bile flow, but not both. To fully support optimal gallbladder health, both bile formation and bile flow need to be optimized.
A less commonly known function of bile is to prevent SIBO from developing. Bile has antimicrobial properties that act as a disinfectant in the small intestine. The antimicrobial properties of bile prevent the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
If you have additional symptoms of a sluggish gallbladder with SIBO, bile will help to restore the terrain in the small intestine to prevent small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
Sluggish gallbladder and weight gain
Bile is critical for the removal of waste, cholesterol, and toxins from the liver and out of the body. Phosphatidylcholine is a component of bile that promotes bile flow along with the transportation of fats out of the liver.
When fats and toxins cannot get out of the liver via bile, weight gain can occur. Again, it is essential to optimize bile formation and flow.
Bile flows out of the gallbladder and is the last part of phase 3 liver detoxification. There is no point in detoxing the liver if the toxins cannot get out via the bile.
Before supporting phase 1 or phase 2 detoxification pathways in the liver, it is essential to ensure optimal gallbladder function.
The first step in any liver detoxification program for weight loss should involve opening up the phase 3 detox door via the gallbladder by ensuring optimal bile formation and flow.
Eliminating toxins is essential for healthy weight loss. If your struggling to lose weight, support the gallbladder with both Gallbladder Nutrients and Optimal PC to open the last phase of liver detoxification, which is crucial for weight loss.
Sluggish gallbladder and constipation
Constipation or sub-optimal bowel movements is a classic symptom of a sluggish gallbladder. Having optimal bowel movements is also crucial for weight loss.
Bile stimulates peristalsis of the intestinal tract to keep food moving along. If you are constipated or not going to the bathroom daily, look to the gallbladder as the cause of your constipation. Especially if you are already eating enough fiber and hydrating your body with water.
Optimal bile formation and flow are critical to prevent SIBO, lose weight, digest dietary fats, absorb the fat-soluble nutrients, have daily bowel movements, and detox the liver.
Gallbladder Nutrients by seeking health, support a sluggish gallbladder by providing nutrients to support both bile formation and flow.
The ingredients found in Gallbladder Nutrients provide the following benefits:
- Glycine and taurine are the building blocks of bile salts needed for bile formation.
- Choline supports the production of phosphatidylcholine, which is a major component of bile necessary for optimal bile flow.
- Betaine anhydrous supports the formation of additional choline phosphatidylcholine.
- Magnesium may help to support gallbladder contractions to aid in the release of bile from the gallbladder.
- Burdock extract, artichoke dandelion root, and bupleurum all help to support healthy bile flow and secretion.
- Milk thistle is a powerful liver antioxidant.
- Peppermint and ginger provide digestive support by stimulating digestion.
- Slippery elm and marshmallow root provide soothing support to help protect the intestinal lining.