By Josh Redd, DC on July 19, 2019
People tend to ignore their gallbladder unless debilitated by gallstones and needing surgery. But did you know your gallbladder could be causing your chronic gut problems and inflammation, even if you don’t have gallbladder symptoms?
As it turns out, gallbladder problems are one of the most common causes of chronic gut issues that don’t seem to respond to treatment.
The gallbladder holds bile secreted by the liver to secrete whenever you eat fat. Bile emulsifies fat so that it doesn’t damage your intestinal walls and so that you can absorb important fat-soluble vitamins.
You can have gallbladder problems without having gallstones. Instead, you can have biliary stasis, which is caused by bile that has become too thick and therefore doesn’t secrete well to digest dietary fat.
Gallstones are easy to diagnose. Symptoms include:
Gallstone surgery is one of the most common surgeries today.
However, biliary stasis is completely overlooked by the standard health care system, although in some cases an ultrasound may show gallstones that haven’t obstructed the gallbladder.
Symptoms of biliary stasis include:
Biliary stasis is most common in women who are overweight, over 40, and who have had children. This is due to the hormonal effects on the gallbladder.
It’s important to address biliary stasis because you need to secrete bile to digest fats. Not digesting fats can lead to a number of imbalances:
If you have been doing all the right gut health protocols but still are not improving, you may need to address your gallbladder health.
The good news is it’s easy to improve gallbladder health. Nutritional compounds that support gallbladder health, fat digestion, and liver detoxification, include dandelion root, milk thistle seed extract, ginger root, phosphatidylcholine, and taurine.
If your gallbladder has already been removed, you can improve digestion by taking ox bile with your meals that contain fat.
Good gallbladder health requires the following:
Ask my office for more advice on how to support your gallbladder.