How does bile help in the detoxification process?
What is detox? How do you start it and what do you do? Is it just another fad? The truth is it is easy to feel overwhelmed with a list of remedies to try, things you “need” to do or “should” do. However, when we look at the body from a functional standpoint it will show us exactly where the deficiency is and how to address it. In fact, detox is already something your body does naturally and it is how it unloads toxins.
Take bile for example. The liver manufactures bile and it is, in my opinion, the main ingredient in detox. The gallbladder stores the bile in between meals and plays an important role in the breakdown of fatty acids. Here are some examples of bile dysfunction.
- Without bile the small intestines can become overwhelmed with microorganisms and it doesn’t really matter how much probiotics you take, you will still have an overgrowth.
- Bile also keeps the stool soft by increasing water in the stool.
- It works in absorbing fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins.
At this point you might be asking, “But what does bile have to do with detox?” Without bile and another extremely important vehicle, fiber, the body cannot get rid of toxins. In fact, 99% of what is excreted in the bile is reabsorbed if you do not consume enough fiber.
Think of it this way, bile is the river in which the toxins flow and fiber is the net that grabs them and takes them away. Fiber gives the toxins in the bile something to bind to, that way it can go into the colon and the body can eliminate it.
This example is also why I will never recommend a detox until digestion is addressed. If the river is not properly flowing and fiber is not being consumed the toxins will just be recirculated within the body, causing issues, and the toxins will never actually leave.
So, if you want to detox;
- 1. Talk to a health care provider who can address digestion if you are experiencing bloating, gas, constipation
- 2. Promote bile flow
- 3. Eats lots of fiber.
Written by Sarah Eno, NTP