- Bloating, burping, or reflux 5 – 30 min after eating, especially fatty foods
- Discomfort over the right upper abdomen that may go through to your back
- Discomfort in the right shoulder from pain referred from the gallbladder
- Stomach cramps after eating or irritable bowel syndrome
- A history of gallstones or gallbladder surgery
If your gallbladder is not functioning properly, it will not release adequate bile into the gut. If your gallbladder has been removed, you will not be able to concentrate or store bile for the extra spurt you need when you have a meal. What does lack of bile cause?
- Reduced ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins – vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin D; thus you can become depleted of these fat-soluble antioxidants.
- Inadequate elimination of toxins via the bile ducts (these are eliminated in the bowel actions)
- Poor digestion, assimilation, and elimination of fats
You will also find that you experience challenges controlling your weight even though you are not eating more than normal, and you will have a higher risk of developing a fatty liver or fatty liver disease.
To get the extra bile you need after meals, you need a gallbladder that is functioning well. To produce healthy bile you need healthy liver cells and healthy bile ducts. However, if your liver is overloaded with too many toxins from constipation, persistent recreational drug or alcohol use, highly processed foods, or prescriptions such as painkillers, oral contraception, cortisone, anti-inflammatory or cholesterol-lowering drugs, your liver cells may not produce adequate amounts of healthy bile and the bile it does release to the gallbladder can become extremely concentrated. The gallbladder can then become clogged with the thickened bile and gallstones can form.
You can see that your gallbladder is precious! Yet, over half a million Americans have their gallbladders removed every year, and in many instances this could have been avoided. If you are experiencing gallbladder issues or it has been removed, here are some suggestions to improve digestion:
- Bile salt supplements. Do this to improve digestion and to avoid additional health concerns after the removal of your gallbladder. Check your local health food store or talk to your health care professional.
- Red beets and beet top extracts. Several nutritional companies have developed very effective extracts from the beet plant, particularly the top, that enhance bile flow. Combining beet extracts with bile salts improves the overall effectiveness of the product.
- Fresh artichokes. Leaves from the artichoke plant contain caffeylquinic acids, which promote bile flow. The simplest way to benefit from these compounds is to eat the artichoke leaves. Search online for cooking instructions. Once prepared, break off each leaf and scrape the flesh from the leaf between your teeth and throw the pithy part of the leaf away.
- Sauerkraut and sauerkraut juice. When used regularly, sauerkraut and its juice will promote bile output. A cup of the juice by itself taken once or twice a week before breakfast has worked wonders for many.
- Regular colon hydrotherapy. Having sessions on a consistent basis is a great way to avoid constipation, the most common cause of gallbladder issues, and keep your colon flowing thoroughly on its own. It will also help you avoid an overload of toxic buildup in your liver.
- Cleanse. Your liver will not cope unless you give it extra help. Toxins will accumulate in your liver and cause further complications as your overall health deteriorates. Our Simply Amazing Cleanse Program will help your body let go of trapped toxic waste stored in your liver and colon, allowing your gallbladder and all other organs to function at their best.
Sources: www.liverdoctor.com, www.drdavidwilliams.com