Though bile acid may sound like a substance you'd want to avoid, it's not. Of your liver's 500 functions, its production of bile is one of the most important and often the most often looked when chronic health conditions occur, especially those involving high blood lipid levels. The liver makes bile acid from cholesterol through a complex process, which involves about 17 enzymes and multiple steps. Interruptions in the process can lead to bile acid deficiencies and more. 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 acid can prevent proper dietary fat utilization; cause water retention, high blood sugar levels, bone loss, poor hormone synthesis (all hormones are made from lipids), malabsorption, as well as a backup of toxicity.
Let me share with you how important bile is, it has major influence over digestion, immunity, and cardiovascular health. Since we are one interconnected system, if three systems are influenced that we know of just imagine the ripple effect throughout the entire body.
How The Bile Functions
Bile is a digestive juice that is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It has two important functions :
Bile cleans lymphatics. Lymphatics hosts your immune system, so think infection, inflammation, and cancer prevention. Bile is a frequently forgotten, yet tremendously important way to detoxify the lymphatic system. Liver detoxifies our bodies from multitude of harmful chemicals, and these are dumped in the bile for removal. Liver is the most important detoxifying organ, so the bile should be looked at with respect as a major detoxifier.
Bile Secretion Action
Between 20 to 30 minutes after eating a meal, the partially digested food enters the duodenum of the small intestine from the stomach as chyme (gastric emptying). The presence of food, especially fatty foods, in the stomach and duodenum stimulates the gallbladder to contract due to the action of cholecystokinin (CCK [a peptide hormone of the gastrointestional system responsible for stimulating the digestion of fat and protein). *Interesting cholecystokinin comes from the Greek word chole, “bile”; cysto: “sac”; kinin, “move’ hence, move the bile sac (gallbladder) it’s literally telling the gallbladder to move the bile sack! AMAZING! The gallbladder then forces out bile and relaxes the sphincter of Oddi thereby allowing bile to enter the duodenum.
The other stimulus for gallbladder contraction is nerve impulses from the vagus nerve (one of 12 cranial nerves. It is the longest of the cranial nerves, extending from the brainstem to the abdomen by way of multiple organs including the heart, esophagus, and lungs) and enteric nervous system (controls the gastrointestinal system).
If sufficiently stimulated for a prolonged period (due to the presence of fatty foods), the gallbladder can empty its entire contents within an hour.
Secretin, the digestive hormone that stimulates pancreatic secretion, also increases bile secretion. Its main effect, however, is to increase the secretion of water and sodium bicarbonate from the lining of the bile duct. This bicarbonate solution, along with pancreatic bicarbonate, is essential for neutralizing the stomach acid that is present in the duodenum.
As you can see, bile deficiency can be the problem behind a whole host of alarming signs your body may be giving.
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