Your red blood cells have a lifespan of 120 days. When that time has elapsed they become fragile and rupture. A pigmented portion of the red blood cell breaks down into a yellow pigment called bilirubin which travels in the bloodstream & is absorbed by cells in your liver, or is mixed with other elements to form bile. Bile is a combination of water, bile salts, bilirubin, cholesterol, fatty acids, lecithin and minerals. Bile is formed in the liver and stored in the gallbladder where it becomes more concentrated.

Gallbladder bile (when compared to liver bile) has approximately 6 times more bile salts, over seven times more bilirubin & lecithin, & as much as ten times more fatty acids & cholesterol. Gallbladder bile helps break down fats into smaller particles. They pull fats out of the small intestine so they can be absorbed properly. Bile salts are alkaline & help balance the intestinal tracts pH so it doesn’t become too acidic. The liver uses bile to eliminate excess cholesterol & toxins from the body.

These foods help improve and maintain liver and gallbladder function:

Avocado
Garlic
Green leafy vegetables
Grapefruit
Green Tea
Turmeric
Walnuts