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Essential Oils to Support Fat Digestion and the Keto Diet

By Jodi Cohen

A person sitting at a table with a selection of healthy foods, including salmon, avocado, and mixed nuts, arranged on a wooden cutting board.

The Keto diet includes a lot of animal protein and fat, which can be super healthy, assuming you can digest, absorb and assimilate the healthy fats. Essential Oils for Keto diet can help your body absorb the fats and keep you feeling good to continue your diet.


Essential Oils for Keto Diet

Unfortunately, most of us are unable to properly digest and assimilate fats and increasing the amount of fat, even healthy fat, in the diet only makes the problem worse.  A few years ago Vibrant Blue Oils attended a Paleo conference where we offered free health assessments expecting to find a very healthy population of attendees.

Much to my surprise, almost every person we assessed showed signs of poor fat digestion and assimilation.  While they were eating this pristine, nutrient dense, whole food diet, much of the fat was not being properly absorbed and assimilated. When fat assimilation is not properly working, any diet, including the Keto Diet, that overloads the body with dietary fat can cause more harm than good.


Symptoms of Poor Fat Digestion

  • Dry skin and brittle hair
  • Hormonal imbalances (fat helps synthesize new hormones and eliminate old hormones)
  • Low levels of fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K despite ample supplementation
  • Gas, belching or bloating after meals
  • Mild headaches over the eyes
  • Greasy, smelly, light-colored and/or floating stools.
  • Gallbladder pain (right side, under ribs), Pain between the shoulder blades or Gallstones
  • Nausea or diarrhea after eating


Essential Oils to Support Fat Digestion

As you may know, a critical component of fat digestion is bile, a yellowish-green fluid that is produced in the liver and stored and concentrated in the gall bladder.  When we eat a meal that contains fat, the gall bladder secretes bile into the small intestine where it helps emulsify the fat for digestion.

Bile also serves as a depository to carry toxins and old hormones out of the body.  Ideally, the gall bladder releases bile into the small intestine where it breaks down the fat for the body to absorb, before being eliminated from the body in the stool.  When we eliminate the bile, we eliminate the toxins along with it.  Unfortunately, stress, hormones, and excess fat consumption can make the bile thick, viscous and stagnant which impedes its ability to flow both to the small intestine and out of the body.  This results in the following problems:

  • Fats and their corresponding fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are not properly emulsified, digested or absorbed. This robs of the body of the building blocks it needs to create healthy hormones and cells.
  • Undigested fats rancidify creating an additional toxic burden for the body
  • Toxins, waste and old hormones that were stored in the bile for elimination via the intestines do not exit the body and are therefore reabsorbed further adding to the body’s toxic burden, contributing to hormonal imbalances and gall bladder challenges.

In other words, the good things can’t get into the body and the bad things are not removed from the body.

To support your Keto diet and avoid this viscous cycle, you might consider the following essential oils to ensure optimal fat digestion:


Parasympathetic®: Your body needs to be in the parasympathetic nervous system “rest and digest” state to promote optimal  digestion, absorption and assimilation of fat.  It is in this optimal parasympathetic state that the pancreas releases digestive enzymes and the gall bladder releases bile to emulsify and break down fat. To ensure optimal digestion in the parasympathetic state, you can apply the Vibrant Blue Parasympathetic® blend to the vagal nerve (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone) before meals to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system “rest and digest” state.


Liver™The liver produces bile, a yellowish-green fluid that aids in the emulsification of fats and the  digestion and absorption of fat-soluble substances, like vitamins A, D, E, and K.  The liver also stores fat-soluble toxins, including old hormones (like excess estrogen), in the bile for transport out of the body through the digestive elimination process.  This means the liver needs to be functioning optimally to both produce bile and filter and store old hormones.  You can support optimal liver function by applying Vibrant Blue Oils Liver™ over the liver (right side of the body, under the ribs) 2 – 3 times daily.


Gall Bladder™:  Once the liver produces bile, it is stored and concentrated in the gall bladder.  When we eat a meal with fat, the bile should flow freely into the small intestine to breaks down the fat, so we can absorb it.  Unfortunately, stress, hormones, and excess fat consumption can make the bile thick, viscous and stagnant which impedes its ability to flow.  To support the optimal flow of bile from the  Gall Bladder, apply Vibrant Blue Oils Gall Bladder™ on the right side of the body under the bra under-wire or along and slightly under the right rib cage, can help ease bile flow for optimal fat assimilation and absorption.


Pancreas™:  The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine. Some of these enzymes, called lipolytic enzymes, further break down the fat and allow us to absorb it.  To support optimal enzyme release for fat digestion, apply 2 – 3 drops of Vibrant Blue Oils Pancreas™ on the fifth rib (2 down from where the bottom of your bra) on the left side of the body.



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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.