10 Tips to Turn Up Your Metabolism And Tune Up Your Gallbladder

 

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If you have symptoms of poor fat digestion such as nausea, bloating, constipation or pale stools, or if you’ve had your gallbladder removed, then it’s wise—I might even say critical—to increase your intake of bile-building foods and considersupplements to improve your bile.

If you’ve lost your gallbladder, don’t despair—it is possible to be healthy without one. However, the same cannot be said for living without healthy bile.

Bile is a bitter greenish-brown alkaline fluid that aids digestion and is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder (sort of like a holding tank and pumped out when needed). Since bile increases the absorption of fats, it is an important part of the absorption of the fat-soluble substances, such as the vitamins A, D, E, and K. Besides its digestive function, bile serves also as the route of excretion for bilirubin, a byproduct of red blood cells recycled by the liver. So, you can just imagine just how important bile is!!

Without good bile, you simply cannot digest and assimilate fats, no matter how many good fat you consume—and this means you can’t eat fat and lose weight without it.

Bile’s many functions boggle the mind, but unfortunately no one talks about them. These days everyone mentions hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes, fiber, acidity, alkalinity, toxicity, exercise (but remember - you know being a personal trainer how important I think exercise is) and many other factors, but rarely is the gallbladder ever talked about in a fitness and weight loss plan. Bile is disregarded and just plain ignored!

If your weight loss is at a standstill, or you have indigestion, constipation, allergies, sluggish thyroid, or a myriad of other persistent problems, congested bile should be your number one suspect. Without proper bile, you’re not breaking down fats or absorbing fat-soluble nutrients. You’re not getting rid of your excess hormones, heavy metals, toxic waste, bacteria, viruses or parasites. In my opinion, a health and fitness program must include a better relationship with your gallbladder—and if you don’t have a gallbladder, some serious bile support for your liver is in order. 

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Here are 10 great bile-building strategies.

1. Beets

Beets contain betaine which thins the bile and helps prevent gallstones. Betaine is also a rich source of hydrochloric acid, which is critical for digestion and triggers your gallbladder to release bile. Beetroot protects your liver from chemical toxicity.

2. Artichokes

Artichokes are a fabulous bile-producing food and liver protector. They may boost your glutathione levels as much as 50 percent.

3. Bitters

Bitter foods trigger your pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes and your gallbladder to release bile. Although digestive bitters are particularly important if you’re vegan or vegetarian, they are really helpful for everyone, with or without a gallbladder. Bitter greens such as arugula, endive, dandelion and radicchio offer wonderful benefits—as well as horseradish, which is also anti-cancer. Orange peel, gentian root, bitter artichoke and Angelica root are also excellent bitters. Stay away from Swedish bitters, which typically contain herbal laxatives such as rhubarb and senna.

4. Choline

Choline is an essential nutrient that acts as an emulsifier, assists fat digestion, reduces cellulite, decongests the liver, improves nerve and brain function, and builds hormones. Ninety percent of us are choline deficient.

5. Lecithin

Lecithin is one of the primary emulsifying agents in bile, containing significant choline. Lecithin breaks down fats making them more digestible. Lecithin also helps keep your homocysteine levels low, thereby reducing your cardiovascular risk. Lecithin from non-GMO soy or sunflower seeds makes a great fat-flushing supplement.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

I call apple cider vinegar a “miracle in a bottle!” ACV contains malic acid, which helps your body digest protein and thins the bile. Take one tablespoon of raw ACV in a glass of water before meals,

7. Taurine

Taurine is a key component of bile acids, made in the liver. Many are deficient, especially vegans and vegetarians, because taurine is derived from organ meats and other animal proteins. Taurine helps thin the bile, assists detoxification, improves lipids, and lowers the risk for obesity.

8. Capsaicin

Capsaicin will ignite your fat burning engine! Found in sweat-inducing foods and spices like cayenne, capsaicin stimulates metabolism by activating brown fat, as well as helping optimize your cholesterol and triglyceride levels

9. Cumin

The smoky-peppery spice cumin can boost your metabolic rate, promote weight loss, reduce body fat and LDL, and stimulate pancreatic enzymes. In one study, just one teaspoon of cumin increased weight loss by 50 percent. I use cumin in just about everything from soups to salad dressings to casseroles.

10. Omega-7s

Omega-7 (palmitoleic acid) is the amazing omega you might not yet know about. Omega-7 operates as a “lipokine”: a hormone-like molecule that optimizes energy utilization and storage in body tissues at very low concentrations. Omega-7s really shine when it comes to improving your blood glucose, insulin and lipid levels. Omega-7s will even help build collagen! Where do you find them? Macadamia nuts, sea buckthorn, and deep sea anchovies.

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References

http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/liver/bile.html

https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/digestive-disorders/biology-of-the-digestive-system/gallbladder-and-biliary-tract

http://www.belmarrahealth.com/bile-function-liver-foods-help-increase-bile-production/