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Recommended Diet for Gallstones and Gallbladder Problems

written by: Tania Cowling • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 5/22/2011

Diets for gallbladder problems and gallstones can increase the health of the gallbladder and prevent further damage. Learn how a low fat diet for gallbladder problems can help this disorder.

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    Gallbladder Many people suffer from gallbladder disease. Females have a higher risk for developing gallbladder disease than men. Eating too many foods that contain high amounts of fat can increase your risk of developing gallbladder disease. Also being obese, having a high blood cholesterol count and women using contraceptive pills puts you at a higher risk.

    The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped sack that stores bile. Bile is stored here so that it is available in larger quantities for secretion when a meal is eaten. Bile is secreted into the small intestine, where it helps with the breakdown of fats in a meal.

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    Why Your Diet Is Important

    Diets that are filled with high amounts of saturated fats, fried foods, hydrogenated fats and white sugar and flour can create an increased chance of gallstone production and other gallbladder problems. Changing your eating habits can help prevent a person from developing this disease. The diet for gallbladder problems includes low fat foods.

    The gallbladder diet contains a low fat regimen that allows the gallbladder adequate rest and helps prevent painful attacks by reducing the organ’s contractions. This diet is helpful to reduce the risk of producing gallbladder problems as well as after a cholecystectomy (the removal of the gallbladder). If there are problems with the gallbladder or it has been removed, it produces an insufficient amount of bile available for digestion. The excess fat that is not broken down can cause diarrhea and other unpleasant side effects.

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    The Gallbladder Diet

    The primary concern when on diets for gallbladder problems is to avoid fat. This means that foods that are fried or contain an increased amount of fat should be avoided. In addition, drinks with carbonation are highly discouraged at large meals. So a suggested diet for gallstones and gallbladder disease would be a low fat diet.

    The main focus of this low fat diet for gallbladder problems is on lean meats, low fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables. Due to the dysfunction of this organ, the food cannot be digested properly and it is important to include plenty of fiber in the diet.

    The gallbladder diet follows the typical food pyramid. It contains vegetables, fruits, and grains making up most of the diet, with the moderation of low fat dairy products and lean meats. Use fats and sweets sparingly.

    Taking supplements that contain fish oil has been recommended for patients with gallbladder disease or other conditions. Fish oil capsules can be taken to ensure that they get the sufficient amount of omega-3 and omega-6 essential oil. Increasing the use of the spices turmeric and ginger has been shown to aid in the digestion of patients. Putting these spices in your cabinet can be increasing helpful if used frequently.

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    References

    Eat Right for Gallbladder Health - http://www.everydayhealth.com/gallbladder/eat-right-for-gallbladder-health.aspx

    Gallbladder Attack: Gallbladder Diet Specific For Gallstones and Gallbladder Problems - www.gallbladderattack.com/gallbladderdiet.shtml#gallbladderdiet

    Go Herbal Remedies: Gallbladder Diet: Food Good for the Gallbladder - www.goherbalremedies.com/blog/gallbladder-diet/

    Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Third Edition by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC & James F. Balch, M.D.; 2000

    Photo by Wikimedia Commons

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