What Does Your Gallbladder Do?

by Jodi Cohen

“I don’t even know what my gall bladder does.  How important can it be?”

I overheard this comment from two gals in their early 20’s talking about having their gall bladder removed this morning before yoga.  One of them had recently experienced crazy pain passing a gall stone and it was recommended to her that she have her gall bladder removed. Since she didn’t know what her gall bladder does, she didn’t seem to think it would be missed if it was removed. Well, what does the gallbladder do?

The truth is, the gall bladder performs many important functions in your body.  It supports your digestion, your detoxification and your hormonal balance by helping to assimilate fat and fat-soluble vitamins which that are critical building block to many hormones.


What Does the Gall Bladder Do?


As you may know, the gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that stores and concentrates 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, toxicity, hormones, or diets too low or too high in fat 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.


Symptoms of Gall Bladder Dysfunction

When there is not enough bile or bile is too viscous, it prevents us from properly digesting fats and can presents as symptoms like:

  • Motion Sickness
  • 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 Headache above the eyes
  • Greasy, smelly, light-colored and/or floating stools.
  • Gallbladder pain (mid to right upper abdomen), Pain between the shoulder blades or Gallstones
  • Floating stools, diarrhea, and/or greenish stools
  • Hormone imbalances including PMS and menopause symptoms
  • Gas, heartburn and/or nausea after eating Vibrant Blue Oils  Gall Bladder™ blend is designed to improve the viscosity of the bile and the health of the gallbladder, allowing better fat digestion and elimination of toxins and old hormones. 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 2 -3 times daily.



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About The Author

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.

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