Greetings friends. After a run of people coming to me after having their gall bladder removed, I thought it pertinent to write a bit about this as there seems to be a common trend that if you are diagnosed with gallstones then the only solution is to remove your gallbladder. Why? Every organ within our body has its own function and is vital for your body to perform optimally. If the organ wasn’t serving a purpose, why would we be born with it in the first place? The gallbladder certainly is worthwhile nurturing and keeping if you can. The gallbladder is a small, sort of pear-shaped organ that stores bile and is located just beneath the right lobe of the liver. The physiological role of the gallbladder is to reserve bile when it is not being used for the digestion of fats. When food is eaten and enters the small intestine, a hormone known as cholecystokinin signals the gallbladder to contract and secrete bile to begin the breakdown of fats. One of the most common surgeries to be performed is gallbladder removal, which is known as a cholecystectomy. This is usually carried out to remove gallstones. I personally find the removal of the gallbladder as just another ‘Band-Aid’ solution, as we haven’t addressed why gallstones formed in the first place. Instead we’ve just masked the problem by removing the complete gallbladder. The original cause of the problem will still be there, it just won’t eventuate into gallstones anymore, instead it will manifest as something else in the future and in most cases this can be far worse than gall stones.
If you already suffer from Gallstones then there are some foods to avoid. These are:
- Gluten – including wheat, rye, spelt, oats and barley
- Soy – particularly if it has not been fermented. Organic tamari may be well tolerated
- Corn – particularly if it is not organic
- Refined vegetable oils – Though cold pressed and organic oils are fine such as olive oil and coconut oil
- Foreign additives – Such as preservatives, flavours and colours and so on. Avoid anything you do not recognise the name of.
- Unactivated nuts and seeds
Foods to eat if you have gallstones which are beneficial:
- Fermented foods – provides beneficial bacteria to aid digestion and aid in eliminating toxins
- Turmeric – reduces inflammation, pain and aids in liver health
- Dandelion root – aids in liver and gallbladder function
- Milk thistle – aids in liver health
- Activated charcoal – to aid in the elimination of toxins
- Plenty of green vegetables and fresh herbs such as coriander, thyme, oregano and basil
- Pastured, free range meats
- Wild caught fish
- Activated nuts and seeds
- Soaked and/or fermented organic grains like rice, quinoa and buckwheat if tolerated
- Apple cider vinegar – To aid digestion through increasing the stomachs acidity and enzyme production. It has been known to reduce the severity of the gallstones and their pain. Mix 1-2 tbsp. of raw and organic apple cider vinegar into water and drink this daily.
- Quality fats – such as grass fed butter or ghee and cold pressed coconut oil, olive oil and Inca Inchi oil
What do I eat if I’ve had my gallbladder removed?
If you have had to have your gallbladder removed, it is important to not return back to the diet and lifestyle you had that caused your gallstones to form. It is important to consider WHY they occurred, and discover what you can do differently, this is best done with the aid of a natural health professional. The common bile duct still remains after the gallbladder is removed, which allows an individual to ‘survive well’ without it. There is in fact very little evidence showing that a low fat diet improves the symptoms in individuals that have just had their gallbladder removed.
Do not go on a low fat diet. In short, fats are crucial for your health to:
- Absorb fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K.
- Hormone production
- Cell to cell communication
- Brain health
- For their antimicrobial properties for your immune system
Avoid foods that are generally difficult to digest such as processed, refined foods. This will ensure you are getting the most out of your food. If you have had your gallbladder removed, there is no reason to worry, of course it is best to keep your gallbladder where it belongs, but you now have the tools, tips and tricks to ensure you continue living a long, happy life with a diet that is smothered in good fats with no problems.
Until next time, be well naturally.
Craig Hitchens – Natural Health Practitioner + Remedial Therapist
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