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Liver and gallbladder health

liver and gallbladder

All about Liver and gallbladder:

Liver and gallbladder health are crucial for overall wellbeing and digestive function. The liver is the largest internal organ and performs several essential functions in the body.


The liver filters and removes toxins, drugs and waste products from the blood. Liver has its own circulation system known as hepatic portal system. Let’s understand first how the liver works as detoxification. To begin with, 2 Phases of liver Detox. To more on detox by fasting, read this article, 

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Phase 1: Transforms toxins into destroyable chemicals.

Phase 2: Transforms chemicals again into harmless water-soluble forms. During this process, the liver requires some amino acids. For example, Taurine, Cysteine, Glycine, Choline and inositol.

Now move ahead, we will understand about symptoms of liver dysfunction, given below;

– Skin issues like acne and pimples

– Inability to lose fat

– Excessive belly fat

– Unexplained weight gain

– Blood sugar dysregulation

– Disturbed sleep, especially during 2 to 4 am

– Asthma or allergies

– Mood awnings

– Nutrient malabsorption

– PMS symptoms

– Chronic infections

– Swelling in the legs and ankles

– Itchy skin

– Dark urine color

– Pale stool color

– Chronic fatigue.

Metabolism: It plays the central role in metabolizing carbohydrates, fats and proteins and helps regulate blood sugar levels.

Bile production: The liver produces bile, which is stored in the gallbladder and released into the small intestine to aid in the digestion and absorption of fats.

Storage: The liver stores vitamins, minerals and glycogen (A form of glucose used for energy).

Maintaining a healthy liver and gallbladder is essential to prevent various health issues. Here are some phases of promoting liver and gallbladder health.

Liver Health Protocol:

Phase 1: Detoxification

– Avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, drugs and  plastics, which disrupt the Detox process.

–  Use organic foods and also chemical-free skin care products.

–  Moreover, drink quality water and should consume antibiotics/ hormone-free chicken, eggs and fish.

– Furthermore, we should avoid unnecessary medications.

Phase 2: Diet Modification

– Get Enough fibre. For example; green leafy vegetables, lentils and beans.

–  Limit or avoid too many refined carbs, sugar and artificial sweeteners.

– Add good quality protein. For example; lentils, good quality paneer, sprouts, beans and protein powder.

– Stay hydrated and consume water-rich foods.

Some Liver supporting foods:

– Beetroots ( raw, steam, soup, juice)

– Apples, carrot, avocado

– Cooked cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collard greens, brussels sprouts.

– Green tea (has to be good quality), matcha tea.

Phase 3: Lifestyle modifications: 

– Exercise ; Cardio and resistance exercise; In 2008, one study showed that the liver of people who do not exercise and the liver of alcoholic people become the same.Hence, try to add some exercises in your daily routine. For example; Yoga, weight lifting, Surya Namaskar and brisk walking.

– Additionally, sweating is also important through Sauna and steam room. Sweating is one of the best ways to Detox through skin and also helps to remove heavy metals and larger toxic molecules from the body.

Phase 4: Supplements.

– Burdock root, chlorophyll, dandelion root , milk thistle, turmeric, Artichoke leaf and cilantro.

– N- Acetyl cysteine (precursor to glutathione)

– Di- Indole Methane (DIM)

– Glucosinolates ( extract of cruciferous vegetables)

– Encourage estrogen Detox, which promotes liver detoxification because the liver breaks down most estrogen. For example; Omega 3 fatty acids, Chia seeds, walnuts, salmon fish.

– Consume Magnesium supplements, which ensures complete clearance of estrogen after being metabolized.

Role of gallbladder in liver health:

– The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile from the liver.

–  The bile is then released into the first section of the small intestine where it helps your body to break down and absorb fats from food.

–  Additionally, To Detox effectively, bile has to circulate from liver to GI tract and back to liver.

–  But gallbladder dysfunction or removal affects liver health.

Signs of gallbladder dysfunction:

– Pain in the mid or upper right section of the abdomen.

–  Acid Reflux, gas, vomiting, nausea,

–  Light coloured stool.

–  Dark urine (sign of a common bile  duct block).

–  Bloating after meals.

Ways to support gallbladder:

– Avoid over eating.

– Have small, frequent meals.

–  Additionally, Consume ginger, turmeric, mint, dandelion roots and cilantro.

–  Also consume chlorophyll rich foods such as wheatgrass and Spirulina.

–  In addition, Enough hydration.

–  Moreover, To stimulate bile, add beet, mustard, artichoke and Turnip.

–  Furthermore, Less sugar, refined carbs and unhealthy fats.

–  In addition, Add high fiber foods and whole grains.


In conclusion, always consult with a doctor for personalized advice on maintaining and improving liver and gallbladder health. to know more about Liver and gallbladder health, follow my Instagram page.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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