Gallbladder removal is one of the most common surgeries performed in hospitals today. Doctors don't typically advise patients on keeping their gallbladders healthy. And they're so quick to take it out! I guess if they helped prevent gallbladder problems they'd miss out on one of their largest streams of income - gallbladder removal! Do you see a conflict of interest here?
Mainstream Western medicine doesn't consider the gallbladder to be very important. Because people can live without it, they think it's not necessary in the body. In fact, they call it "inefficient" because it can cause problems, especially if you have poor eating habits. If your bile is too thick to move smoothly through the ducts, eventually it will cause pain and inflammation. And when you experience gallbladder problems, their solution is to remove it. The human body was superbly designed, yet our poor little gallbladders are defective?
Nothing could be further from the truth. The gallbladder is a very important organ with one major function - storing bile. Bile is one of the most undervalued and overlooked aspects of health in both mainstream and alternative medicine. Bile serves 2 primary purposes:
- Assists with the digestion of fats
Bile and Fat Digestion
Fat is the preferred energy source for the body but it needs to be broken down. Bile helps break down fats so the body can assimilate (absorb) them. Fat is a macronutrient so of course we need it. Though the body can produce a lot of its own nutrition, including some fats, it cannot produce essential fatty-acids (EFAs). EFAs need to be consumed because the body can't make them itself. Not only do they need to be consumed, they need to be absorbed. Unfortunately, millions of people can't properly absorb these EFAs because they've had their gallbladder removed...and no one has told them! (keep reading for a solution!)
The liver produces bile that is normally stored in the gallbladder. Then the gallbladder regulates the amount of bile to released. Without the gallbladder the body doesn't know when to release bile or how much of it to release. The liver still produces bile, but it's more of a steady amount because the gallbladder isn't there to store it and release it when necessary. That's why your ability to digest fats will be greatly impaired if you've had your gallbladder removed. As a result, the body can't absorb fats or fat-soluble vitamins nearly as well.
How To Compensate For Not Having a Gallbladder
Of course, the best thing to do is to prevent having your gallbladder removed in the first place. But if you've already had your gallbladder removed, here's my #1 tip to help you compensate for not having a gallbladder - supplement with bile salts and lipase to make up for the gallbladder removal. Lipase is the type of enzyme that breaks down fat. There are a few little-known supplements on the market that were designed for this purpose. Bile Builder is a good supplement to take whether or not you have a gallbladder. Or take a look at the two below that can be purchased on Amazon.
Caution - Start with a low dose of bile salts and then increase dosage if necessary. Some people produce too little bile salts after a gallbladder removal, while others produce too much. Supplementing with bile salts may make things worse if you're already producing too much. In that case just take digestive enzymes with lipase, such as Enzymedica - Lypo Gold.