Bilirubin is a fluid produced by the liver that is found in bile. Alternative names for Bilirubin are as follows: Unconjugated Bilirubin, Indirect Bilirubin, Conjugated Bilirubin, and Direct Bilirubin. Some of the symptoms include stomach pain, chest pain, and pressure. According to: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com some of the causes of increased Bilirubin are the following:
-Chronic Hepatitis B and C
-Vitamin K deficiency
According to Medline Plus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003479.htm
..a blood and urine sample is needed to test for Bilirubin. The test is used to monitor or screen liver or gallbladder problems. Keep in mind the liver is one of our most vital organs and plays a huge role in digestion. Large amounts of Bilirubin that build up can lead to Jaundice. Jaundice is a yellow color in the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes. The yellow pigment is from Bilirubin which is a byproduct of old red blood cells. For example, if you’ve ever had a bruise and have seen it go through color changes while in the process of healing. When you saw the yellow in the bruise this is a form of Bilirubin. Medline Plus states that 1% of the average person’s red blood cells retire everyday and are replenished by new blood cells and the old ones are dealt with by the liver. Bilirubin remains after the blood cells are disposed of and leaves the body in the stool.
Another helpful informative tip from Medline Plus is preparing for your Bilirubin test. You should not eat or drink for at least 4 hours before your test. The following drugs may increase Bilirubin levels, allopurinol, anabolic steroids, some antibiotics, diuretics, codeine, morphine and methyldopa just to name a few. Drugs that can decrease Bilirubin levels are caffeine, penicillin, and high dose salicylates such as aspirin. The test helps determine if a patient has liver disease or a blocked bile duct.
I once had high Bilirubin levels and have to change my eating habits. I am very much into the holistic approach to healing. I suggest visiting the following website to help aid in the holistic approach for resolving high levels of Bilirubin: http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com
According to Home Remedies simple changes in your diet can make a big difference. Just by eating a radish a day you can reduce Bilirubin levels. Tomatoes, dried fruits, almonds, walnuts, and dates also help reduce Bilirubin levels. Coconut water is also a great aid in keeping Bilirubin levels down. Exercise has also been a huge help in my efforts to keep Bilirubin from turning into a serious condition for me.