The Gall Bladder



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If you have liver issues, you may also have gall bladder issues.

The liver is a small organ under and attached to the liver in the upper right hand corner of the abdomen.Its purpose is to collect and store bile which is made by the liver in the hepatocytes.

It is also part of the digestive system via a duct and it releases this stored bile when needed for the digestion of fats.

Bile is a concentrated substance, greenish yellow in colour and made up of salts, acids cholesterol, pigments, water and electrolytes. It is slightly acidic with a pH of about 5 or 6.

Gall bladder problems are common and keeping it in good health can save a lot of illness. Around 20 % of the opoulation are said to have gall stones. Surgeons and doctors can be a bit over-keen to remove gall bladders as they are under the impression (like the appendix) that it serves no purpose, but this is not the case. It is very often the case that gall bladder problems are a direct result of liver dysfunction and for this reason, it is important to keep the liver healthy.

What can go wrong?

The gallbladder and the bile duct can become inflammed and stones can form in the gallbladder and its ducts. This can result in an obstruction to bile flow. Toxic bile produced by the liver causes gallbladder problems as can hormonal changes in pregnancy and menopause, artificial hormone replacements such as HRT and the pill, excessive consumption of fatty foods and excessive amounts of cholesterol in the bile causing stones.

How will I know if I have Gallbladder Disease?

Indigestion of fatty foods causes nausea and vomitting. Pain in the upper right of the abdomen which radiates to the right shoulder and back. Gallstones cause severe pain in the upper right side of the abdomen. inflammation and gall stones can be confirmed by an ultrasound scan.

Improving liver function and the quality of toxic bile will result in improved gall bladder function. Removal of the gall bladder will not correct the problem as it is often because of the quality of the bile.

Diet has a lot to do with it and this should be addressed first.

Doctor Sandra Cabot says:

Cutting out all fatty and junk food, hydrogenated oils, chips, burgers, cooked breakfasts, animal fats, chocolate and butter, dairy foods such as cream, ice cream and cows milk, biscuits and cakes and eating high fiber foods (raw as much as possible) such as vegetables, wholegrains, fruit especially apples and pears, low fat pro-biotic yoghurt with everything being organic where possible. Lean meat, free range chicken and fish. Also include foods high in healthy oils like flaxseed and hemp oil, olive oil, avocado's, cold pressed nut and seed oils and other essential fatty acids. It is not a good idea to remove all fats, just use the essential ones above as these contribute to gall bladder health. Drink plenty of spring water and herbal teas. Stay away from artificial sweetners and caffeine.

Cut out all processed food such as packaged meats like sausages, ham and cold meats, bacon, processed cheese, smoked meats such as salami, refined sugar and white flour as all these foods aggravate or even trigger gall bladder infections.

If your gall bladder is inflammed, avoid red meat completely until the situation settles.

Recommended supplements:

MSM powder and vitamin C powder

Organic Flaxseed oil

A good liver tonic such as Livatone

Olive Leaf capsules (anti-biotic so fights infection)

Selenium

Beetroot Juice

Ginger

Apple Juice

Raw Juices have healing properties. So invest in a juicer and juice your own fruits and veg.

Use digestive enzymes TMG (Tri-Methyl-Glycine) or lipotropics (fat burners)

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