*Results may vary. The information in this site is NOT to be construed as medical advice. Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious condition and if you have it, you should see a doctor. I am not a doctor and am not able to dispense medical advice. My husband saw a doctor (many of them) and they were able to do things for him that I could not. However, they were unable to recommend alternative treatments, and in MY OPINION they were VERY beneficial to my husband, so I am providing some of that information here. My husband and I tried all of these alternative therapies at our own risk, and if you try them you will be doing the same. At your own risk. No promises are made in this blog. I am not saying there is a cure for cirrhosis or any other condition. However, I believe most people can get well, like my husband did. My husband is alive, happy, productive, functional and has his energy back. He no longer worries about having to go on disability or getting a $577,000 liver transplant. Cirrhosis is a serious condition. He is currently in the fibrosis stage (Stage 2 liver disease), which is still serious. I cannot guarantee you will have the same results. I just want you to know about what worked well for my husband. I hope you will share what you learned with others, and share your story with us as well. This blog was made for YOU! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Why Bile Production is IMPORTANT!!!

I just read this article and thought it was worth posting!!! The original article can be found HERE.

When my husband was sick in 2013 I bought him Ox Bile, which personally I think is pretty gross and I don't like using animal products. But I got it for him because I was desperate and willing to do just about anything that could save his life, and I know that a lack of bile can really make it difficult for the body to process essential fat soluble nutrients.

I love how there is a link to their other article that highlights the liver's 500 functions!!!

Bile Deficiency: Heartburn, Poor Digestion, Toxicity

Of your liver's 500 functions, its production of bile is one of the most important. Bile is an essential "de-greaser" and "emulsifier" of dietary fats. Bile is also essential for the utilization of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. The bile that is produced by your liver also contains conjugated "already used" hormones, toxins, foreign chemicals and heavy metals.
An insufficient amount of bile salts can prevent proper dietary fat utilization, cause acid indigestion as well as a backup of toxicity.
Bile insufficiency can also cause poor hormone synthesis because of the fact that all hormones are made from lipids.

Functions Of Bile

Bile is produced by the hepatocyte cells of the liver from cholesterol. When acidified food enters into the small intestine from the stomach, bile salts alkalinize the food, preparing nutrients for assimilation in the small intestine.
Bile emulsifies fat, increasing fat absorption. Bile also contains the conjugated toxins from the 2 phases of liver detoxification. These toxins may include carcinogens, xenobiotic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and heavy metals like mercury, aluminum and lead. When hemoglobin is broken down in the liver, bilirubin is conjugated and excreted through the bile.

Problems When There Is Inadequate Bile

Heartburn can directly be caused if there is a bile salt insufficiency. One of the functions of the alkaline bile salts is to neutralize the food that has been acidified in the stomach by hydrochloric acid. Stomach acid that has not been neutralized is likely to cause heartburn.
A person who complains of feeling abdominal tightness, bloating and having a difficulty digesting fats may very well have a bile insufficiency.
Inadequate levels of bile can cause a build-up of toxins in the liver because of the fact that bile conjugates and carries out the body's burden of toxicity. Liver congestion can result in gall bladder stones and stagnation. If a person's cholesterol production is low, bile production is also likely to be low.
Another important component to fat digestion and utilization is hormone synthesis. ALL hormones are synthesized from fat. Endocrine dysfunction may improve greatly with improving liver function.

Helping The Liver To Detoxify & Produce Adequate Bile

In order for the liver to function properly, adequate protein is essential. Amino acids are primary constituents of phase I and II of liver detoxification. The amino acid L-Taurine is critical for bile formation, while the sulphur-bearing amino acid L-Methionine is the primary methylating agent in the liver. Cysteine, another sulphur-bearing amino acid is a precursor to the antioxidant Glutathione, the body's most ubiquitous antioxidant. Glutathione scavenges free radicals and toxins, which end up excreted through bile.
Proper cellular hydration is also essential for liver detoxification. Approximately 85% of bile is made from water.

The nutrient Betaine, also known as trimethylglycine is one of the most powerful liver detoxificants. Betain is found in the highest concentrations in beets and beet greens.
Individuals with bile acid insufficiency can also benefit from taking bile salts derived from either ox bile or bovine bile salts.

Identifying Bile Insufficiency

On a blood test, if blood cholesterol levels are lower than 170, it is possible there is a bile acid insufficiency. Increases or decreases in the liver enzymes ALT (>30, <10) or AST (>30, <10), GGTP (>30) can indicate dysfunction and/or congestion in the liver.

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