Gallbladder… Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

How galling would it be…if you didn’t have a gallbladder?

Right beneath your liver, in a small space just perfect for its keeping, is your gallbladder.

Your gallbladder stores gall, also known as bile. Bile is made by your liver, and is passed on to the gall bladder, where it is concentrated and made 5 to 18 times stronger!

When you eat, signals are transmitted to your gallbladder causing it to contract. This contraction forces the bile out of the gallbladder, and into the small intestines. Once in the small intestines, the bile quickly breaks down fat. Fat cells are very hard to break down into energy that you can use; but bile is up to the task. Fat turned to energy: Mission accomplished!

Sometimes you can taste bile, this happens when it washes up your throat…often when you’re sick and things aren’t working right. It’s a very unpleasant, bitter taste with a sense of fiery burning to go along with it. Yuck!

Without a gallbladder, the fat you eat wouldn’t break down correctly. And that could be rather galling! So, we can be thankful that we are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.

-By Steven McFie

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