There are several of us that have started down the road of detoxifying our bodies and along with this great change in our lives, it can sometimes be a problem if we don’t know enough about how these lifestyle changes will effect us. If our bodies are not equipped to help the toxins to exit properly, these toxins can stay and make us feel worse, which is the opposite of our goal.
For example, most people will think in order to lose weight, we must avoid fat, however, some of us are awakening to the fact that all fats are not equal. Up until a year ago, I was unknowingly using Sunflower oil for cooking, baking and sometimes on my salads as a cheaper alternative to olive oil. I saved the olive oil for special meals and salads only. What a huge mistake. I may have contributed to problems in my health because most seed oils are potentially high in Omega 6 oil which is known to cause inflammation in the body and lead to liver problems. We of course are finding now the importance of fats high in Omega 3 such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil. Research is showing also that using butter from grass fed cows is much better for our health than many other fats as well; all in moderation of course.
Why is bile so important, especially as we detox
One of the very important functions of bile that bile salts help with is the removal of toxins in our bodies. Toxins are secreted into the bile and eliminated in feces. If we don’t have enough bile salts this can lead to toxic build up in the body. Now can you see how a “low fat” diet can lead to problems? Sounds good but we must have the healthy fats so that we can provide what the liver needs to make bile as well as what we need to absorb the fat soluble vitamins. Bile also helps in mediating microbial activity within the microbiome.
Symptoms that you may be low on bile
Often you can suspect that you have bile deficiency when you have difficulty with fat digestion, as well as when you experience few of the below described symptoms at the same time:
- Your stomach area feels tight
- Difficulty having a bowel movement
- Upper right side pain under the rib cage
- You may experience nausea after eating foods high in fat
- Difficult to flush down floating stools in your toilet
- Pale, yellowish colored stools
- Weight gain that is unexpected
- Deficient in the fat soluble vitamins for example, A, D, E and K which can lead to adverse symptoms within the body
- Jaundice (yellow eyes and skin)
So how can we naturally increase the bile? Check out this short video by Dr. Berg
Also just a reminder to consult your health care provider about any changes that you make. There are a few conditions in which one should not take bile salts:
- Bile Malabsorption Illnesses such as: Crohn’s Disease, Celiac’s Disease, SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)