Let me ask you something… Have you ever heard someone say “I just need to go pick up my gallbladder prescription” or “Hang on, I just need to take my gallbladder pill.”? No, you haven’t. Because the medical “solution” to a wonky gallbladder is not to try and get it to work properly again, they just take it out – like a gallbladder doesn’t matter. Let me tell you GALLBLADDERS MATTER!
First, let’s talk about what a gallbladder is and does. Your gallbladder is a little sack attached to your liver that holds bile that is made by the liver. After eating fat, your stomach sends out a signal to tell the gallbladder that there is fat present and to please send in some bile into the small intestine. The role of bile is to emulsify fats to make them digestible. If not enough bile is released (sometimes due to blockages or gall stones), diarrhea and malabsorption often results.
Without a gallbladder, your ability to digest fats is permanently impaired. After gallbladder surgery, rather than having your gallbladder supply bile when needed to digest fat, bile just drip, drip, drips all the time. It’s important to be able to properly digest fat – if for no other reason than not to get diarrhea when you eat fats – because fats play a key role in cell membrane, brain, and hormonal health.
“Forty, fat and female” is the standard for gallbladder surgery, but we see this at any age, at any size and in both men and women. The most common sign of a gallbladder imbalances is often a “gallbladder attack” which may result in surgical removal of the gallbladder. But, if you are in tune with your body and paying attention you may notice a few warning lights including:
Non-surgical options: If you are at the point where you have warning lights, but are not in a medical emergency, surgery may be able to be avoided by detoxing the gallbladder and liver. It is important that the colon in functioning optimally, otherwise a detox/retox cycle may ensue. This is why I recommend working with a wellness professional. Understand that bile's major role in digestion is to emulsify fat, the only fats that don't need to be emulsified are coconut oil and palm kernel oil, because they are high in mcts and do not need bile to be absorbed due to the fact that there carbon chain is much shorter than other fats. Nuts, seeds, olive oil, flax seed, animal fats, avocado's - all NEED bile to digest, otherwise they ferment in the gut leading to growth of harmful bacteria.
The main points are cleaning up digestion, increasing stomach acid, replenishing bile flow- so important, cleaning up bad bacteria and parasites in the gut and liver, and flushing the kidneys. But the gut and liver are 90% of the problem.
Utilizing herbs like black radish, hydrangea, milk thistle, and dandelion, combined with homeopathic remedies like GB-tone, and coffee enema's, you may be able to squeegee out the gallbladder and see normal function returned.
I’m of the belief that you have no spare parts and just because you “can live without it” doesn’t mean cutting it off/out and throwing it away is the best solution. You can live without lots of external parts, but they usually try to fix arms, legs, and eyes before just removing them. Arms matter. Legs matter. Eyes matter. Your gallbladder matters.
What can you do to keep your gall bladder healthy?
Uncover food allergies
Work with a knowledgeable professional to see whether food allergies are triggering your gallbladder attacks
Restore Insufficient Stomach Acid
People with gallstones may have insufficient stomach acid and may benefit from supplementing with betaine HCI.
Protect Against Gallstone Formation
Phosphatidylcholine (PC)—a purified extract from lecithin—is a component of bile that helps protect against gallstones. Supplementing with it may help dissolve gallstones
Convert Cholesterol to bile acids.
Vitamin C is needed for the body to convert cholesterol to bile acids and may help reduce symptoms of gallstones. In theory, such a conversion should reduce gallstone risks. Women who have higher blood levels of vitamin C have a reduced risk of gallstones.
Ascorbyl palmitate possesses all the benefits of vitamin C, but unlike the water-soluble form, is able to be stored in the lipid cell membrane until the body is ready to put it to use. Vitamin C offers a wide range of support for the human body. It is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger supporting cellular and vascular health.