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Gallbladder (GB) symptoms are often hard to diagnose because they are often caused by the liver which is an organ that never complains. As a result of 60 years of a no cholesterol, highly processed, sugar laden diet, the liver has become overwhelmed, over worked and congested.
The liver manufactures bile which is like a “pac man” that gobbles up toxic fats in the liver. Extra bile for a really large fatty meal is stored and concentrated in the gallbladder.
Studies suggest that a major reason for gallbladder health issues is due to a diet that is lacking in good fats. Good fats exercise the gallbladder and after 60 years of a no fat or low fat diet many of us have sluggish, thick and viscous bile.
The result of this is an intolerance to fatty foods. Folks who have had their gallbladders removed often have this trouble but intolerance to fats affects many more than those who have had the GB removed. If the cause of a GB concern is thick, viscous and sluggish bile in the liver than removing the GB may not help.
Luckily, most folks who have difficulties digesting fats have a congested GB and when it is removed the symptoms go away. The liver will continue to make bile on demand and deliver the bile directly to the small intestine where it can gobble of you dietary fats. As long as you do not over do the fat intake, most folks are fine.
Even without a GB, most folks can do our Ayurvedic cleanses that use ghee as a detoxifying agent without a problem. Coconut oil is a little easier on the bile flow and that can be used as a replacement oil. If you still have your GB but it is acting up or you have trouble digesting fats than you too can still do our cleanses but consider taking less ghee or use coconut oil.
Your gallbladder is a vital organ that stores concentrated bile to be able to help digest good fats, process bad fats and toxins, maintain healthy bowel movements and buffer the digestive acids from the stomach. (1,2) Over time, if the liver becomes congested as a result of toxins, stress, or poor diet and elimination, the bile in the gallbladder can become thick, viscous and congested. (3-5)
This affects its ability to work optimally, and ultimately influences our ability to digest and detoxify while supporting healthy weight, mood, and overall health and vitality. (2,6-8)
If you answer yes to one or more of these questions below, your liver or gallbladder may need support:
- Do you ever get nauseous after a meal?
- Do you ever feel heavy after a high-fat meal?
- Do you ever get occasional heartburn after a meal?
- Do you have trouble digesting wheat, dairy, soy corn or nuts?
- Do you ever have sluggish, green, or greasy stools?
- Do you have a history of any gallbladder problems?
The recommendations in this article are to keep your gallbladder healthy and strong, and are not intended for someone who has had their gallbladder removed.
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Recipes for Gallbladder Health
Beet Tonic Recipe
- 1 fresh beet, peeled and grated
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 2 Tbsp. flax oil
- Combine all ingredients.
- Take 1 beet’s worth of this salad daily for 2-4 weeks.
- Mix 1 Tbsp. whole flaxseeds into 2 ½ cups water.
- Bring to a boil, and simmer for one hour.
- Use a strainer to separate the seeds from the liquid.
- Drink 1 cup each day on an empty stomach.
- 1 bunch parsley
- 3 medium zucchini
- ½ lb. green beans
- 5 stalks celery
- Steam all ingredients for 8-10 minutes, and then mix in blender. You can add a little warm water.
- Drink 1-3 per day as a meal or with meals, as needed for gallbladder pain and/or to optimize gallbladder function.
- Options for more flavor: Try adding a steamed apple and fresh lemon juice. Or you can try adding garlic and ginger with low sodium vegetable broth. Avocados add a nice creamy texture as well.
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Herbal Support for Gallbladder Health
- Read up on Beet Cleanse to decongest the bile ducts.
- Read up on Liver Repair to increase the liver’s production of bile and support healthy elimination.
- Read up on Turmeric Plus to support liver and intestinal health.
Foods List for Gallbladder Health
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