In today’s world, gallbladder concerns have become rather common, and are quite costly. The removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is the most common elective abdominal surgery in America, with over 750,000 surgeries per year. Without insurance, this procedure typically costs $10,000-$20,000, varying by state and hospital. Worldwide, one of four women over 60 years of age will experience gallbladder issues. Gallbladder disease has increased by 20 percent in the last 3 decades, costing America $6.2 billion per year in collective medical bills. (9, 10)
Gallbladder symptoms can be difficult to diagnose because they are often caused by the liver – an organ that never complains. As a result of 60 years of a cholesterol-free, highly processed, sugar-laden diet, many Americans have overwhelmed, overworked, and congested livers.
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 culprit behind gallbladder issues is a diet that is lacking in good fats. Good fats exercise the gallbladder, and after 60 years of a non-fat or low-fat diet and/or the ingestion of toxic, refined fats from most restaurant and packaged foods, many of us have sluggish, thick and viscous bile.
The result of this is an intolerance to fatty foods. Those who have had their gallbladders removed often have this trouble, but intolerance to fats affects many more than just those who have had their gallbladder removed. If the cause of a gallbladder concern is thick, viscous, and sluggish bile in the liver, removing the gallbladder may not help.
Luckily, most people who have difficulties digesting fats have a congested gallbladder 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 up your dietary fats. As long as you don’t over-do the fat intake, most folks are fine after gallbladder removal.
Even without a gallbladder, most can do our Ayurvedic cleanses—which 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 gallbladder, but it is acting up or you have trouble digesting fats, you too can still do our cleanses, but consider taking less ghee or use coconut oil during the oleation period.
Your gallbladder is a vital organ that stores concentrated bile that helps 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 properly digest and detoxify. (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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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.
- Read up on Bile Flow HP to encourage new bile production and flow.