What is the Gallbladder?
The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile which is produced by the liver. Bile is used to breakdown and digest lipids (fats). This is important because fats are used to for so many different functions in the body including the production of hormones, repair of damaged tissue and fat lines the outer layer of cells throughout your body.
Gallstones are the most common problem to affect the gallbladder, but luckily the majority of gallstones are easily passed through the system. Gallstones only become a problem when they build up or become so large that the gallbladder can’t function properly and it can’t pass the stones. If a stone blocks the gallbladder, the resulting inflammation is called Cholecystitis. If the stone blocks the pancreatic duct, this can cause inflammation of the pancreas or Pancreatitis.
Treatment for Gallbladder Problems
Most doctors will immediately recommend a gallbladder removal if they find any problems with the gallbladder which is known as a Cholecystectomy. The problem with this treatment is that without a gallbladder your body will now way to store and concentrate bile so you will end up having a very difficult time digesting and absorbing healthy fats. After a gallbladder removal, your doctor will usually recommend limiting or eliminating your intake of all fats because fats are evil and cause heart disease. Oh wait, no that’s the crazy way of thinking. If you didn’t already know, fats are incredibly important for optimal health.
Solutions if you still have a Gallbladder
Gallbladders become diseased and unhealthy due to a toxic diet that is usually high in processed food, especially animal fats and refined sugar. There are many things you can do to improve gallbladder function. First, if you haven’t done a gallbladder flush I would highly recommend it because even if you don’t have any gallstones, a flush can greatly improve function. In order to do a gallbladder flush you must make sure your digestive system is working properly. I recommend to my patients that they do a 3-7 day juice fast, then a gallbladder flush, followed by a hydrocolonic and a coffee enema. You should start juicing apples or find unfiltered, minimally processed organic apple juice. The malic acid in the apple juice helps to soften the gallstones. Once you’ve gotten your digestive system functioning correctly you’ll do a gallbladder flush consisting of grapefruit juice and olive oil and night. The very next day, preferably the morning after you’ll get a hydro-colonic to flush out the stones. You’ll repeat this a few times until normal gallbladder function has been restored and you’ve gotten rid of all the stones.
Also, make sure you’re on an organic plant based diet with proper amounts of healthy fats like coconut oil and olive oil. Certain foods like beets, artichokes, and Sauerkraut can greatly improve liver and gallbladder function which you should incorporate into your diet. Proper exercise is also important for gallbladder function so make sure you’re at least walking 20 minutes daily.
If you’d like to learn more about diet, exercise and other important lifestyle changes for optimal health, check out this video:
And the most important factor in improving gallbladder function is the nervous system. You need to get your nervous system and particularly the nerve supply to the gallbladder and liver check as well as the spleen. If nerve supply is compromised to these organs then you’ll have decreased gallbladder ejection. The best option would be to find a corrective chiropractor that can analyze your spine and nervous system, identify the specific problems, and correct them accordingly. Make sure you find a chiropractor with the skills necessary to reshape the structure of the spine, restore normal biomechanics, and stimulate the nervous system to promote healing and normal function.
Here’s a video that’ll help you find the best possible chiropractor in your area:
Solutions if don’t have a Gallbladder
With the gallbladder removed it will be difficult for your body to absorb fats. Most doctors will recommend limiting or eliminating fat completely from your diet, however, this can cause a massive increase in all sort of health problems. It’s important to note that your liver is still producing bile even with the gallbladder gone, but it has no way of storing or concentrating it. This poses a huge problem because this constant leakage of bile into the small intestine can irritate the inner lining of the duodenum and eventually result in a duodenal ulcer.
So with the gallbladder gone you will actually have to increase your intake of healthy fats throughout the day. Your body won’t be able to digest, absorb and utilize all this fat but it will help prevent damage to your intestines. Here’s a list of healthy fats you can start incorporating into your diet:
Omega 3 (fish oil)
Make sure everything you consume is organic, minimally processed, and very high quality. Coconut oil is especially important because it’s a medium chain fatty acid and doesn’t require bile or the gallbladder in order to be used or absorbed by the body. You can mix coconut oil into a smoothie, you can cook with it, and even use it as a moisturizer and it will be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Coconut oil is one of the best and most beneficial fats in the world to keep you healthy.
If you haven’t seen my videos on the Gallbladder, here’s one to get you started: