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What triggers your body to make bile salts?

What triggers your body to make bile salts?

Genetics: Production of bile salts is one of the many crucial functions of our liver. This is an innate metabolic function programmed by our genes. Bile salts are essential for proper digestion & detoxification. Unfortunately gallbaldder removal interferes with having adequate bile to digest fats, so it may be wise to take ox bile supplements. Certain herbs & foods can stimulate bile production. See comment:. ...Read more

Bile (Definition)

Dark green to yellowish brown fluid, produced by the liver for digestion of fats ...Read more


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Can you tell me name of the test to identify bile salts?

Can you tell me name of the test to identify bile salts?

Rarely used...: Here's your reference: Br Med J. 1979 Mar 10; 1(6164): 644–646. PMCID: PMC1598241 Bile salt tests in clinical practice. K W Heaton ...Read more

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What are the side affects of cholerestamine? For bile salts?

What are the side affects of cholerestamine? For bile salts?

Numerous: Some of the more common side effects of Cholestyramine include mild constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite, weight changes, bloating or gas, and hiccups or a sour taste in your mouth. There are others as well, and if you experience serious ones, such as black, tarry stools, blood in the urine, persistent constipation, or severe abdominal pain, you should call your doctor. ...Read more

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What is bile salt disease? And can it ever go away if properly treated?

What is bile salt disease? And can it ever go away if properly treated?

Yes, if treated.: Bile is secreted from the liver and stored in the gallbladder. After a meal the gallbladder contracts and the bile enters the small intestine where it emulsifies fat ands aids fat digestion. The bile is reabsorbed in the terminal ileum. Surgical removal of the terminal ileum causes bile to enter the colon causing diarrhea. It can also lead to bile acid deficiency and fat malabsorption>steatorrhea ...Read more

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What are bile salts (cholestyramine)?

What are bile salts (cholestyramine)?

Bile binders: These salts bind bile and take it out of your system. They can be helpful in some situations. Cholestyramine also lowers cholesterol indirectly. ...Read more

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Help can bilirubin and bile salts be the same as bile pigments?

Help can bilirubin and bile salts be the same as bile pigments?

They are not: Bile salts are synthesized by the liver from cholesterol. Bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin. ...Read more

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Is there a way to decrease the ammount of bile salts your body makes after gallbladder surgery?

Unfortunately no.: No. However, the reason you are probably having diarrhea is bile is constantly being introduced into the small intestine and not being completely reabsorbed before entering the large intestine. This causes irritation of the right colon and thus diarrhea. You can bind the bile by taking metamucil and thus decrease the irritation. ...Read more

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Is there a medication i can take to ease the frequency of my bile salts after gallbladder removal?

Is there a medication i can take to ease the frequency of my bile salts after gallbladder removal?

Not required : Even after removal of gall bladder bile salt metabolism will be same most bile salts are absorbed by gut and recirculated.. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed in September. I've been experiencing increased acid reflux symptoms since. Could this be healed by taking bile salts?

I had my gallbladder removed in September. I've been experiencing increased acid reflux symptoms since. Could this be healed by taking bile salts?

Acid reflux: Acid reflux may be a separate problem, more noticeable since your gallbladder surgery. Start with TUMS (calcium carbonate), (calcium carbonate) they are inexpensive and available without prescription. Then get in to see your regular doc, report the results with TUMS (calcium carbonate). You may need a prescription or EGD, (a scope to look at esophagus and stomach). Be well. ...Read more

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Take 6 x625mg cholestagel for bile salt malabsorbtion,doctor wants to increase to 8 x625 is this more than the recommended maximum dose?

Yes: That would be higher than the recommended maximum dose of 3750mg a day. Would expext higher incidence of side effects. Whether a higher dose is more effective, I cannot say. ...Read more