What is Gilbert's Syndrome?
How is it diagnosed?
What is Bilirubin?
- Bilirubin is the major breakdown product that results from the destruction of old red blood cells (as well as some other sources). It is removed from the blood by the liver, chemically modified by a process called conjugation. The water solubility of bilirubin allows the bilirubin to be excreted into bile. Bile then is used to digest food. The bilirubin secreted into the bile, passes into the intestine and to some extent reabsorbed from the intestine.
- It is basically the pigment that gives faeces its brown colour.
Is it common?
It is surprisingly common, affecting approximately 2% to 5% of the population.
What are the symptoms?
Treatment and general recommendations:
‘The Liver Cleansing Diet” contains the eight week eating plan to help improve liver function.
Appropriate juice recipes found in “Raw Juices Can Save Your Life” book are as follows: ‘Liver Tonic Juice’ and ‘Liver Cleansing Juice
- Follow “The Liver Cleansing Diet"
- Avoid ALL dairy products – dairy foods contain high levels of antibiotics, steroids and artificial growth hormones, as this is what the herds are treated with in today’s high tech dairies to prevent disease and boost milk production. As with humans where substances go through into breast milk it is the same for cattle – only they neglect to tell you this in the advertisements when they are telling you how great milk is. If you need further info on this please visit www.notmilk.com
- Avoid ALL margarines and similar type spreads manufactured from hydrogenated damaged fats.
- Avoid deep fried and fatty foods.
- Limit chicken and turkey and eggs that are not free range/organic as these often contain artificial growth hormones, antibiotics and steroids that increase the liver's workload.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners
- Follow the twelve vital principles in "The Healthy Liver and Bowel Book" Include often – wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, beetroot, artichoke, carrots, turmeric, lecithin. Indeed, 40 percent of the diet should consist of raw fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on green leafy vegetables.
- Drink eight glasses of water daily. Purified water with lemon is also excellent. Avoid – all processed and refined foods, refined sugars, fatty foods, fried foods, 'junk' foods, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Avoid overeating; eat small regular meals.
Diet for a Healthy Liver
By following the principles of The Liver Cleansing Diet and using nutritional supplements and liver tonics, it is possible to reverse many types of liver disease. This is even more so if these strategies are followed in the early to medium stages of disease.
Livatone Plus Powder or Livatone Capsules
- Take 1 teaspoon twice daily in juices or water, or 2 capsules twice daily – A good formula consisting of B vitamins, Taurine, St Mary's Thistle should be included to help the liver excrete bile pigment.
MSM with Vitamin C powder
- Take 1/2 teaspoon twice daily in juices or water – MSM is an organic sulphur which is vital for efficient liver function and detoxification.
- Take 2 teaspoons and built up to 1 – 2 tablespoons over 2 weeks if necessary – A gluten free fibre powder is appropriate for everyone including vegetarians.
Selenium Complete Tablets or Selenomune Designer Energy Powder
- Take 2 tablets twice daily or 1 teaspoon twice daily in water or raw juice – Selenium possesses anti-inflammatory effects and is an essential trace mineral that assists in the protection of many parts of the body.