Keep Your Gallbladder Healthy With These Tips


Read on how to keep your gallbladder healthy with theses tips. Check out the article we found over at The Science Of Eating.

The gallbladder is one of the body’s smallest organs, located right under the liver. It collects bile necessary for the digestion of fat, and releases it into the small intestine. When excess cholesterol is present in bile, stones can begin to form in the gallbladder, and this leads to excruciating pain in the upper right of the abdomen, infection and other complications. This pain can last from a few minutes to hours, and often times, this pain can occur after a high-fat meal. When infection occurs, or when the gallbladder bursts, surgery is necessary. The most common removal method is laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, and recovery time is minimal and may require only a short hospital stay.

Gallstones can cause sudden pain that is called a gallbladder attack, and the University of Maryland Medical Center lists the following as symptoms of a gallbladder attack as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and pain primarily in the upper right side of the abdomen, and may be accompanied by jaundice.

Boost Gallbladder Function Naturally

Improper gallbladder function makes it difficult to digest any fats in the diet, which can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Luckily, there are a few natural treatments you can try to boost the function of a bad gallbladder.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Ban yo-yo dieting as it causes shifts in the amount of cholesterol in the bile and increases your risk of an attack. Part of maintaining a healthy weight is eating a healthy, balanced diet that is detailed below. Watch fat intake, and know your vital numbers, including cholesterol levels.

Don’t Skip Meals

When you skip a meal, bile builds up in the gallbladder and your body has to wait until the next meal to empty it all out. Eating small meals throughout the day will minimize your risk by regularly moving the bile out of the gallbladder. Healthy or monounsaturated fats, which you can get from foods like nuts, fish, avocado and olive oil, also help to clean the gallbladder.

Exercise Regularly

Inactivity increases your risk and slows your digestive system down, including bowel movements. A slowed digestive system does not move bile out of the gallbladder efficiently. Even moderate exercise can help keep your body’s processes running smoothly.

Diet For a Healthy Gallbladder

Maintaining a healthy diet and weight go a long way in keeping the gallbladder healthy. Eating a well-balanced diet with fruits, veggies, lean meats/fish and fiber is a great plan of action. Foods particularly good for the gallbladder are listed below.

Fresh, Fiber-Rich Fruits & Vegetables

Eating uncooked fresh vegetables will increase your roughage intake, allowing an easy exit for toxins leaving your body. Use vegetables like asparagus, spinach, garlic, onion, cucumbers, beets, bell peppers and artichokes to help with toxin removal. Your kidneys will benefit from the increase of detoxifying vegetables in your diet. Your liver and gallbladder will undergo a natural cleansing by the addition of these items and activate your liver’s enzymes, promoting the exit of toxins from your body. Radishes are a terrific option because they increase bile flow, but those already suffering from gallbladder problems shouldn’t eat too many.

Some good choices of fruits are avocados, cranberries, berries, grapes and oranges are high in fiber and vitamin C, which (if deficient) can contribute to gallstones. Pectin-rich fruits are also helpful, try items like apples, strawberries and citrus fruits can also help.

Cruciferous Vegetables & Beans

Vegetables like kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are all great for avoiding a Gallbladder attack, but, if you are having a gallbladder attack, you may want to stay away from these foods as the gas that they can cause in some people can make your already existing pain worse. I want to stress that these foods are not harmful to the gallbladder, and can actually be very helpful in keeping it cleansed, but it may be much better for certain individuals not to consume them in the midst of an attack. This is why they are on the “Foods To Avoid List” along with beans & legumes on my guide below.

Drink Plenty of Water

Hydration is essential for maintaining the proper amount of water in the bile.

Foods To Avoid

Keeping away from certain foods can help, too. Avoid fatty, fried foods, and limit alcohol.

  • Sweeteners, sugar, & refined carbohydrates: This includes white pasta, bread, flour, rice, high-fructose corn syrup and refined sugars, like those found in cookies, soda and snack foods.
  • Frozen or Canned Foods: They may have additives that make it harder for the gallbladder to do its work.

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