Gallbladder Diet Tips
Fats To Avoid - Fats To Include
The most important things to avoid are fried foods, fatty foods and particular types of processed fats such as trans fats, hydrogenated fats, partially-hydrogenated fats, and saturated fats. These fats cause inflammation in the body in general, and they especially cause inflammation within the bile ducts and sphincters, which can result in pain and acid reflux.
Do not avoid all fats unless you are in attack or close to attack mode. Even then, a small amount of the flax or olive oil in the beet recipe can be helpful. Fat-free and low-fat diets can be a cause for gallbladder problems as well as too much of the wrong fats because good fats keep the gallbladder in shape.
Include essential fatty acids such as the omega 3 oils - flax and fish oil as well as oils high in omega 9 as found in olive oil. Depending on how acute or severe your gallbladder problem is at the moment, this may not be possible for you. Experiment slowly. Some people need to be well into their gallbladder program including both diet and supplements before they can add these. Most people, however, are able to eat small amounts. It shouldn't take more than a week on the products before you feel supported enough to try this. If you have used The Beet Recipe, you have found that those three ingredients in combination do not cause problems but help to move the stagnation in the gallbladder. I generally advise adding a teaspoon of flax oil with fresh lemon juice to salads as a dressing. If you are in pain, you may be able to eat only The Green Soup Recipe for a few days.
Diet After Gallbladder Surgery
If you read the page on gallbladder disease and how you got into trouble in the first place, you will begin to see that gallbladder surgery is not the answer to the underlying problem.
The most common question I am asked by people after gallbladder removal is, "Why do I still have pain and other symptoms when I have no gallbladder?" The problem is with the bile.
Your diet needs to be changed with or without a gallbladder, if you have any form of gallbladder disease. Eating a gallbladder-friendly diet will take the stress off the digestive system as a whole, and will help with multiple symptoms – so follow the dietary recommendations for gallbladder or bile problems of any kind.
Jerusalem artichokes or sunchokes are a delicious addition to a gallbladder diet as long as you limit them to one or two medium-sized tubers daily. Sunchokes contain several sulfur-containing amino acids including taurine, which supports both the bile and liver detox.
Garlic – Helpful To Some
Many people react to onions with gallbladder attack symptoms. Some also have milder symptoms with garlic. However, garlic is helpful for lowering the concentration of cholesterol in the bile which may protect against the formation of gallstones. Garlic contains sulfur, which is used by the liver in detoxification. It may be best to avoid garlic when you are experiencing gallbladder symptoms, and then try adding it in slowly when your symptoms have subsided. Use freshly grated or baked garlic.
Artichokes Increase Bile Flow
There are many studies proving the efficacy of artichoke leaf extract for relieving the symptoms of indigestion including nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, flatulence, constipation and intolerance of fat.
Although eating artichokes as food is not the same as a concentrated extract, the components in the artichoke leaves are helpful for increasing bile flow and relieving digestive symptoms.
Artichoke leaves have liver-protective and cholesterol-lowering effects as well.