Majority of people are aware of painful gallstones in gallbladder, but few know it develops when the bile remains accumulated in the gallbladder rather than moving smoothly into the small intestine. Bile is a vital liquid which plays major role in digestion of food, especially digestion of fats. The liquid bile is green in color, synthesized by liver and stored in gallbladder.
This complex fluid is made up of cholesterol, water, bilirubin, phospholipids, bile salts, and trace of mineral copper. Bile not only breaks down food in the intestine but also helps in absorption of fat soluble vitamins and facilitates easy passage of fecal matter out of the body. Poor bile flow can thus disrupt all these activities which are vital for body to sustain optimum health.
A decrease in bile flow can occur due to decrease in its production by the liver. There are many factors which may affect normal bile production and its flow such as cirrhosis of liver, increased excretion as in biliary fistula, blind loop syndrome, a tumor in liver, gallbladder stone etc. In general bile production and its flow becomes poor when the liver becomes sluggish.
Symptoms Of Poor Bile Flow
There are host of symptoms which are manifested when bile flow becomes poor.
- Low appetite
- Formation of gallstones
- Fatigue and lassitude
- Headaches and migraine
- Burning in epigastirum
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Dark yellow urine
- Bad breath
- Various allergies
- Mood swings
- Itching and rashes on skin.
- Bloating and gasses in abdomen.
- Difficulty in digestion of oily and fatty food.
- Increased serum triglyceride and cholesterol.
Natural Ways To Increase Bile Flow
For a healthy amount of bile flow it is necessary to improve the health of liver and gallbladder. Steps taken in this direction will eventually improve the flow of bile.
- The first thing to do when you wake up in the morning is to drink one glass of warm water with few drops of lemon in it. Lemon is a citrus fruit. It has a strong flavor. This natural drink cleanses the liver from various toxins it has to tackle and thus rejuvenates the liver to produce more bile. Foods with sour taste are known to increase bile production and maintaining acidity in the body.
- Avoid eating simple sugars, processed foods, saturated fats which are commonly found in cakes and pastries, bakery products, deep fried foods. They all increase the burden on liver and reduce its capacity in production of bile.
- Bitter foods are also known to stimulate production of bile from liver and increase its flow from the gall bladder. Kale, raddichio, bitter gourds are some of the vegetables which are known to cleanse the liver by stimulating production of bile.
- Garlic, onions, radish, carrots are known to increase secretion of bile from liver.
- Drink tea made from certain liver friendly herbs such as dandelion, peppermint, green tea, ginger tea. These herbs are liver detoxifiers.
- Drink buttermilk and eat yogurt liberally both are good probiotics. They increase healthy bacterial flora in the intestine and increase the synthesis of bile in liver.