Each year about 750,000 cholecystectomies (gallbladder removals) are performed in the US, making it one of the most common surgeries. It also happens to be one of the most unnecessary surgeries!
That is largely because many doctors believe there is no other way to remove gallstones. They also believe that the gallbladder doesn’t serve much of a purpose, and that you should be able to function just fine without it. They are wrong.
Your gallbladder and liver work together as a team. About a quart of bile is secreted each day by your liver and gets stored in the gallbladder. While the gallbladder is holding the bile, it absorbs excess water out of it, making it more concentrated and stronger—to the tune of five to 18 times more concentrated!
Then when you eat a meal, the gallbladder contracts, and releases bile into the upper part of your small intestine.
The bile works like a detergent on grease—it emulsifies the fat, cholesterol and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K in your food, and then your fat enzymes finish the job. Then the bile gets absorbed through the intestinal wall and sent back to your liver to be reused—for up to 20 times.
The most common form of gallbladder trouble is gallstones. Gallstones are most commonly the result of excess cholesterol in your bile and/or toxin buildup, which can be caused or worsened by things such as poor liver function, eating too many unhealthy fats (especially trans-fats) and refined carbs, waste buildup from poor digestion and damage to your gut (especially from gluten).
So in other words, gallstones are simply a result of things going awry in your body, and taking out your gallbladder doesn’t change one iota of that. As a matter of fact, it makes things worse.
After Gallbladder Is Removed
Once your gallbladder is removed, it’s extremely difficult for your body to digest fats. This can cause burping, gas and bloating after eating.
You’re also very likely to be deficient in essential fatty acids and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. This can, in turn, impair your brain function and your body’s ability to make hormones as well as compromise the integrity of your cell walls.
Lacking vitamins A, D, E and K can also hamper your immune functioning, impact bone health, and affect your cardiovascular and nervous system health.
In addition, you’re also more susceptible to chronic inflammation without the protection of anti-inflammatory fatty acids. Inflammation is a driving force behind most chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
Keeping Your Liver and Gallbladder Healthy
There’s is a lot you can do to help keep your gallbladder and liver working like they should, such as:
Get tested for HCI
A study published in The Lancet found that about half of the people with gallstones had low levels of hydrochloric acid (HCl). Your doctor can test your level of HCl with either a Heidelberg capsule test or SmartPill test. A liver function profile can be helpful to see if there’s a problem with your liver. Also, investigate food sensitivities. Studies have shown an association between food sensitivities and gallbladder disease.
This is crucial. Poor diet leads to health-wrecking effects. Concentrate on fruits, vegetable, meats, poultry, fish, eggs and healthy fats. At the same time, limit refined carbs and sources of gluten (like bread, pasta, and pastries, as well as processed foods) and avoid trans-fats at all cost.
Studies show that as many as 34 percent of cases of gallbladder disease in men could be prevented by increasing exercise to 30 minutes, five times per week. Get moving.
Flush Out Your Liver
Every morning drink a large glass of room temperature water to which fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar has been added. Look for “Fire Cider” if you can find it—it’s a tonic made from organic apple cider vinegar, honey and spices that is wonderfully cleansing.
Do Hijama and Take Herbs
Hijama is a wonderful practice that removes dirty blood from your body. Dirty bloods contain bodily toxins, poisons, uric acids, dead red blood cells and dead white blood cells. By getting rid of this bad stuff from your body, your body is able to cleanse itself and maintain good circulation. Taking herbs such as chanca piedra, turmeric, milk thistle, dandelion root help to strengthen liver and dissolve gallstones.