Good gallbladder function is often overlooked when searching for solutions to common health complaints such constipation, flatulence, fat digestion problems, low or high cholesterol levels, nutritional deficiencies, or imbalances of gut bacteria and parasites, to name a few.
Clinical evidence confirms that optimising gallbladder function is often the key to resolving many seemingly unrelated problems and symptoms.
In this post I’ll explain how gallbladder can get out of order and what to do to correct it using natural medicines, supplements and nutrition.
Gallbladder has many very important functions to perform in our digestive and detox systems. It’s an organ that stores bile produced by the liver until it’s needed for digestion of fats we eat. Bile, a dark green or yellow-brown fluid, is the key substance responsible for the breakdown of fats and cholesterol in the digestive system to absorb and utilise them.
Main functions of bile are:
- Fat digestion – necessary for breakdown and absorption of fats and cholesterol.
- Absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, E, D, and K. People on low fat diets and many vegans often have deficiencies in these supper important vitamins.
- Antimicrobial and anti-parasitic – bile kills parasites and pathogenic bacteria helping to keep the gut balanced and healthy.
- Neutralises stomach acid before it moves to the small intestine with the food. If stomach acid is not neutralised before it reaches the small intestine this can irritate the gut wall causing reflux, bloating, indigestion, feeling of fullness, diarrhoea and nausea, among others.
- Absorbs and binds fat soluble toxins that are then excreted via the stool. This is the key liver detoxification processes: the amount of bile your liver makes daily is directly proportional to the amount of toxins you can eliminate.
Gallbladder function: problems, causes and symptoms
Like all organs, gallbladder can malfunction at times resulting in:
- Irritation and swelling
- Blocked bile duct (biliary obstruction) – bile duct is the passage leading from the gallbladder to the small intestine
- Stones development
There are effective natural remedies for the above problems, however, the safest course of action if your gallbladder is painful or infected is to consult a doctor immediately to perform a detailed examination to determine best cour