Gallbladder issues are very common these days. Every time I run my Heal Your Gut course, a large number of participants have had major gallbladder symptoms or even had their gallbladder removed. A big reason why this is the case actually has to do with the overwhelming amount of toxins your poor liver has to deal with.
The more compromised your liver becomes the more problems your poor dear gallbladder will have as well.
One key issue facing you and I today as far as gallbladder health is concerned, is a low-fat processed foods typical American diet. Diet is critical for good health, I know that seems obvious but so many people take it for granted.
A properly prepared nutrient dense diet such as a Paleo/GAPS/ SCD or Weston Price type of diets are all good templates to learn more about a real food diet. One key component all of these protocols incorporate are good fats. Unfortunately, you have been duped and told to eat less fat as well as been bombarded by bad fats. These bad, rancid fats and oils can cause atrophy/damage to the gallbladder.
Another problem with a modern diet is a lack of fiber. Processed lifeless foods don’t contain fiber, which is needed to help keep that train rollin’ (if you know what I mean). When you are backed up your poor liver has even more of a toxic load to deal with.
Add to that that many of you don’t drink enough water, let alone clean water free of contaminants and then you’ve got even more trouble. Oh, and I did I mention the issue of food allergies/sensitivities -yet another big ole problem that causes your gallbladder to take a hit.
Instead of going heavily into all the nitty gritty’s surrounding what can lead to poor gallbladder function, I’d like to focus on some key foods you can consume to improve gallbladder health. If you want to help support your gallbladder and give it the raw ingredients it needs to perform it’s duties, try adding in some of these foods (so long as you tolerate them that is).
- Cholagogues – These are foods/herbs that help stimulate bile. (See list below)
- Raw or ‘runny’ egg yolks – An easily assimilated source of fat, lecithin and choline for the gallbladder (use only if tolerated -otherwise you can supplement).
- Milk Thistle (Silymarin) – Helps to normalize liver function, detoxify the liver and improve solubility of the bile. It also helps to tone the spleen, liver and gallblader. Try it in tea or tincture form as a daily support.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – the malic acid helps to soften or dissolve gallstones. Try including a daily Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic. As well as using apple cider vinegar in salad dressings and consume regularly.
- Beets – If you’ve spent any time reading my site you know how much I LOVE beets, especially as a liver/gallbladder support. Why? Beets help to build healthy bile.
- Cranberries – Cranberry contains malic acid which can help to break down any stagnant bile or bile stones.
- Healthy Fats – The gallbladder secretes the bile in the presence of fat. Without fat, it won’t do it’s main job and then what? You get thick sludgy bile that gets backed up and serious problems can arise down the road. What fats should you be eating? Read more here!
- Black radish – or radishes of all types can stimulate bile production and aid in the digestion of fats.
- Daikon radish – often used in kimchi.
- Dandelion greens or Tea – Dandelion helps to release stored bile and is very gentle in doing so.
- Mustard Greens
- Turnip greens
Recipes For A Healthy Gallbladder
- Beet Kvass
- Fermented Radishes
- Spiced Apple & Beet Slaw
- Spice Pickled Beets
- Cran-Water – Use 4 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice to 28 ounces pure filtered water and drink 1 – 2 quarts daily.
- Homemade Mayonnaise
- Eggnog Smoothie
- Steamed Artichokes
- Spiced Artichokes
- Homemade Aioli
- Grilled Artichokes with Garlic Aioli
- Black Radish Slaw
Foods To Avoid For Gallbladder Health
- Bad Fats/Rancid Oils
- Any foods you may have an intolerance or allergy to
It will be key to avoid these foods in addition to adding in the supportive foods as mentioned above. Remove & replace first and then you can take even further measures to restore and rebalance the health of your gallbladder!
Heal Your Gut
More than 90 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders, according to the National Institutes of Health, yet very few of us know where to turn for help and information. The importance of digestive health is vastly under-appreciated in today’s medical community and society. Are you one of them?
As the very seat of our immunity, good digestive health is imperative to live a truly healthy life. Impaired digestion can trigger problems ranging from mild stomach upsets to life-threatening cancer.
Millions of people suffer day in and day out not knowing just how critical healing the gut truly is.
Poor digestion can be a factor in symptoms such as attention deficit disorder, arthritis, asthma, chemical sensitivities, eczema, liver problems, autoimmune conditions and mood disorders.
The greatest opportunity to recovery from health ailments and to ‘heal your gut‘ occurs when YOU actively participate in the healing process. With my support I believe you and I can work to get you on the road to better digestion.
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