Choose a Healthy Diet to Prevent Gallbladder Issues

by Mel on August 7, 2015

Sometimes confused with your actual bladder, the gallbladder sits right below the liver and is shaped like a tiny pear, storing bile that is produced by your liver during digestion. It plays a very important role in your body as it stores and doles out bile, a fluid produced in the liver that helps digest fat. Sometimes, gallstones form in the gallbladder and block the flow of bile, causing an excessive amount of pain.

cauliflowerThe symptoms of gallstones include extreme pain after eating, nausea, vomiting, pain for multiple days right under your ribs, and poor digestion after meals. You can have tests done at the doctor’s office to see if you have suffer gallstones. If you do not test positive for gallstones or another disorder related to your gallbladder, you may just be eating too many high-fat or inflammatory foods. If this is the case, switching up your diet is easy to do. The take-away: your gallbladder is there for a reason, so take care of it however possible!

Not all fats are bad, so don’t get the impression you need to eat a fat-free diet to reduce the risk of gallbladder issues. However, maintaining a healthy weight is key to taking care of your gallbladder since obesity increases your risk for gallbladder disease.

Stay away from these types of food and habits to reduce your chances of having issues with your gallbladder:

Refined Carbohydrates

These, along with the bad fats, are where the oxidation and the inflammation comes from, and it can take its toll on the gallbladder because its effect on cholesterol.

Bad Fats

These include the obvious partially hydrogenated “trans” fats but also those refined polyunsaturated vegetable oils that so many think are good to eat – corn, soy, canola, safflower, sunflower, peanut, cottonseed, and grapeseed. Deep fried foods are especially terrible for your gallbladder. Stick with the good fats: coconut, eggs, extra virgin oil, fish and flax, and raw nuts and seeds.

Excess Caffeine

Too much caffeine can stress out the gallbladder. How much is too much? That depends on the individual. For some it may be three cups of espresso and for another it may be one ounce of chocolate per day. If you’re having gallbladder problems just stop all caffeine until symptoms become better.

Smoking

This is obviously unhealthy for your entire body and really takes its toll on the gallbladder too.

Alcohol

This also depends on the individual, but too much alcohol is not healthy for your liver, gallbladder, or the rest of your body.

Avoiding these foods and habits will definitely give you a better chance of becoming a victim to gallbladder issues. It is also a great idea to add fiber to your meals since a low-fiber diet is often associated with gallstones or gallbladder problems. Some high-fiber foods to choose are: broccoli, cauliflower, herbs, celery, carrots, sweet potatoes, artichokes, onions, asparagus, apples, oranges, bananas, berries, zucchini, pineapple, papaya, cherries, whole grains, beans, and legumes.

Mel

Mel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I always look forward to expressive my passions in life to others and helping people make lasting changes. I live a busy life like the rest of us with kids, work, and everything else that can get in the way. Making time for exercise, and making good decisions about what we eat can often be a challenge. We sometimes lack the motivation and momentum to make lasting changes in our lives. I've been fortunate enough to really get my life in order and have some simple strategies to help you do the same. Mel's favorite product is Garcinia Cambogia 1234
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