An impressive number of people have suffered from gallbladder pain, which in many cases has resulted in surgery to remove the organ. But this does not solve the problem, it only suppresses the symptoms of pain. The body will have to compensate for the loss of the functions of an important and primarily necessary organ. Fortunately, there are many natural and non-invasive solutions for resolving negative symptoms – and primarily for resolving the causes that have led to a dysfunctional gallbladder.
What Is the Role of the Gallbladder?
The gallbladder, located near the liver, has the role of storing the bile secreted by the liver. It is also necessary for emulsifying fats in the diet, acting as a “degreaser”. When food reaches the duodenum (small intestine), the cells in the intestinal wall “detect” the fats and amino acids in food and release a hormone called cholecystokinin. It transmits to the gallbladder to contract, and the bile is thus sent to the upper intestine where it contributes to the digestion of fats. Simultaneously, cholecystokinin causes digestive enzymes to be released from the pancreas.
Contrary to popular belief, fats should not be demonized or avoided when you no longer have gallstones. Fats are needed for the brain, eyes, central nervous system. Essential vitamins such as A, D, E, K are found in fats. In the absence of adequate bile production, these vitamins do not become soluble in water and cannot fulfill their physiological functions. So, fats are an essential ingredient for health, and each of us needs our own ratio of healthy, unprocessed fats, along with protein and carbohydrates. What is that “ratio” beneficial to your body? You can find out accurately and quickly through Metabolic Typing.
The liver’s job is to metabolize and deactivate toxins and bile grabs the toxins and helps bring them through the digestive tract and out in the stool. Bile also helps to encourage the peristaltic action of the intestines which drives fecal matter through and out of the body.
The small intestine should normally not have a lot of bacteria in it and this is partly due to the presence of bile salts. Salts are a natural preserving agent that reduce bacterial fermentation. Poor bile production can lead to increased bacterial fermentation and the development of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), Candida or parasitic overgrowth.
What Happens In the Body When There Is No Gallbladder?
A dysfunctional and inflamed gastrointestinal system can lead, among other things, to biliary stasis. If the intestines are inflamed (leaky gut syndrome) then the secretion of cholecystokinin is interrupted and the gallbladder does not contract enough to release all the necessary amount of bile. If the gallbladder is full of bile and cholesterol and a low level of phospholipids and bile salts, then a viscous and stagnant substance is formed. This is an environment conducive to the formation of crystalline structures that precipitate out of solution and are known as gallstones. If large enough, these stones can become trapped in the bile duct, causing severe pain. The operation takes place primarily due to these gallstones.
With a healthy gallbladder, appropriate amounts of bile are released into the digestive tract, as needed. Without gallbladder there will be a continuous flow of bile regardless of the absence or presence of ingested fats. Failure to balance bile production with the presence of fats will compromise the ability to digest fats and will lead to deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and essential fatty acids (omega 3, omega 6), poor metabolism of cholesterol and inadequate absorption of fat cells. As a result, diarrhea, bloating, malaise, indigestion will occur after ingesting higher fat foods.
How Can You Save the Gallbladder From Surgery?
Most of the time the gallbladder should not be removed. However, ignoring gallstones, associated symptoms, and causes of gallbladder dysfunction can have serious consequences. The condition can progress until the pancreas becomes inflamed or the gallbladder is heavily infected and will need to be removed to save the person’s life.
Fortunately, there are a multitude of actions that can prevent these situations. A correct diet for the type of your metabolism, elimination of allergenic foods (processed foods, gluten, industrial dairy, sugar, etc.), supplementation with digestive enzymes, probiotics, digestive bitters and specific nutrients that contribute to liver and gallbladder health are all essential and very effective in combating gallbladder problems.
What Should You Do If You No Longer Have Gallbladder?
When there is no gallbladder in the body, the bile drips continuously like a broken faucet, but can not be used in the necessary quantity when needed.
The first and most important thing to do when you no longer have gallbladder is to take a bile salt substitute with each main meal, such as ox bile extract. This will need to be continued throughout life to prevent the negative effects mentioned above and to be able to properly metabolize healthy fats in the diet. Avoiding them is not the solution to the problem, but they will make it worse! A proper digestion and liver/ gallbladder support through foods and nutrients is also necessary for good health. More about liver health here: Three Essential Steps for Liver Health and Proper Detoxification.
One of the beneficial oils, especially in this situation, is coconut oil, because it does not require bile salts for absorption, and is quickly absorbed in the upper part of the small intestine, being then transported directly to the liver through the portal vein. It is also an oil with many therapeutic benefits, and which contributes to the health of the digestive and immune system through the antimicrobial lipids it contains.
Also, the actions you must take to prevent gallbladder disease are valid and necessary even when there is no more gallbladder.
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