Your Gall Bladder (or Lack Thereof)

Written By Brady Wirick

What is the Gall Bladder?

Imagine you have a tiny purse in your body, and instead of holding coins or candy, it holds a special liquid that helps digest your food. That “purse” is called the gallbladder. Today, we’re going on a journey to understand what the gallbladder does, why some people might have theirs removed, and how to eat when it’s gone.

The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ tucked right below your liver, on the right side of your belly. Just like a purse can hold things inside, the gallbladder holds a liquid called bile.

But what’s bile? When we eat foods, especially fatty ones, our body needs help breaking them down so we can absorb all the good stuff. Bile acts like a special soap that breaks down the fat in our food, making it easier to digest.

**How Does the Gallbladder Work?**

Whenever you eat, your liver makes bile. Think of bile as a golden liquid soap. This “soap” then travels to the gallbladder, which stores it. When fatty foods reach our stomach, the gallbladder springs into action, squeezing out the bile into the intestines. Here, the bile mixes with the food and helps break down the fats. It’s teamwork at its finest! It is extremely important to note that proper stomach acid (not too much or too little) is needed for your gall bladder to even release bile.

**Why Do Some People Get Their Gallbladder Removed?**

Even though the gallbladder is helpful, sometimes it can cause problems. One common issue is the formation of gallstones. These are hard pieces that can form inside the gallbladder, kind of like pebbles. If a gallstone gets stuck or causes pain, doctors might suggest removing the gallbladder.This is all caused by abnormal acid coming from your stomach.

You might wonder, “Can we live without a gallbladder?” Yes, we can! Our body is pretty amazing and can adjust. When the gallbladder is removed, the liver still makes bile. But instead of being stored, the bile continuously drips into the intestines. This means the body still has bile to help digest fats, but  not as efficiently as before.

**Why Are Gallbladders Commonly Removed?**

In recent times, more and more people seem to have their gallbladders removed. There are a few reasons for this:

1. **Better Diagnosis**: With advanced technology, doctors can spot gallstones more easily than before.
2. **Dietary Habits**: Eating lots of fatty or processed foods can increase the chance of gallstones.
3. **Constant States of Stress**: Sometimes, the gallbladder can get inflamed or not squeeze properly, leading to pain or discomfort.

Sadly, removing the gallbladder isn’t always a last resort. Eating a whole food diet that is low in inflammatory oils can help revers gallbladder issues. Doctors hardly ever try dietary changes first. But if someone is in a lot of pain or the gallbladder isn’t working right, removing it can be the best choice.

**Supplement Recommendations After Gallbladder Removal**

Sadly, I have never heard of a surgeon suggesting digestive enzymes following gall bladder removal. There are a couple of products that I always recommend to help with digestion. You can see them by clicking here.

**In Conclusion**

The gallbladder might be tiny, but it plays a big role in helping us digest our food. Whether you have a gallbladder or not, it’s always essential to eat a balanced diet and take care of your body. After all, our bodies do so much for us every day; it’s only fair we treat them right in return!

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