More and more people are diagnosed with gallbladder and fatty liver problems. It's not because they're drinking, but because of their diet. If you're one of the people facing gallbladder disease or fatty liver problems, you want to pay attention to what's going on here.
What Does A Gallbladder Do?
The gallbladder really doesn't have much of a purpose other than storing bile. It's the bile that is so important. This is a mixture of broken-down blood, minerals, and various other enzymes and waste products meant to be flushed out of our body. We call them bile acids.
The primary purpose of these bile acids is to break down fats in our digestive system. It emulsifies them, kind of like mayonnaise, so the enzymes in our digestive system can break down the fats for us to assimilate.
That's why when you have your gallbladder removed, you must eat a low-fat diet. Without the gallbladder, you don't have enough bile acids to digest the fat properly.
The bile gets produced in the liver, similar to cholesterol and a complex process. It all starts in our skin.
When we feel natural light, our body produces vitamin D. This triggers our liver to begin creating the bile for storage in the gallbladder. You don't actually need to be in the sun, just be exposed to a lighter period during the day (and one of the reasons you get more digestive complaints in the winter).
Now, vitamin D is closer related to a hormone than it is a vitamin. It helps form pregnenolone, an androgynous steroid that is the precursor of most of our regular hormones, including progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, glucocorticoids, and mineralocorticoids. There are hundreds of different hormones in our body, and they all do some sort of regulation.
When you get low on vitamin D, your liver doesn't produce as much bile, and it can start getting stagnant in your gallbladder. This is where crystals start to form and they can back up the gallbladder.
When the biles back up in the gallbladder or you have your gallbladder removed, they get stuck in the liver. This blocks the liver's ability to detox our blood. And without being able to detox our blood, all that waste just keeps circulating around.
And now, the liver has to get rid of all the waste and sludge and nasty stuff differently. So, it tries to assimilate it in another way. So now, you got this sludge coating your liver ducts with an oily, fatty residue and the nasty stuff gets shunted to your skin and kidneys.
So, you have fatty liver disease, eczema, dry skin, dandruff, urinary tract infections, and the start of many other problems.
It's all connected.
How To Clear Your Gallbladder
Clearing out your gallbladder means clearing out a lot of other problems. Generally, we recommend starting with a good digestive detox. This helps clear out your intestinal tract and colon, so the biles have somewhere to go. Plus, it helps clear out some of the mucus, so your immune system can work better and you can absorb nutrients.
Numerous herbs and flowers have been used throughout the centuries to help this problem. Dandelion and burdock seem to be two of the biggest ones, although there are dozens more. Dandelion root tea is quite tasty, often used as a coffee substitute and helps clear things out.
You want to follow that up with a good liver detox. That's going to help clear out the oily sludge and get it moving and out of your system.
But, you just can't rely on detoxes. You have to be able to keep a clear system to begin with. Keep focusing on a diet that's rich in fruits and vegetables. The amount of antioxidants and fibers within fruits and vegetables help really clear out your system and keep things moving.
Focusing on the healthy omega fatty acids. And whatever else you try, avoid trans fats.
And, of course, do all the typical stuff the doctors tell you - avoid alcohol, don't overeat, avoid excessive greasy and fatty foods.
Taking some of these steps can help you avoid getting your gallbladder removed and facing a lifetime of being forced on a diet that you don't like.