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Gallbladder: a membranous muscular sac in which bile from the liver is stored — called also
The gallbladder is a small four inch long, pear-shaped sack located between the liver lobes directly under the liver. (see
photo) A small Y-shaped duct, called the common bile duct, carries bile from both the gallbladder
and the liver to the small intestines. The gallbladder's job is to
store and to concentrate bile which the liver produces.
When fats are taken into the digestive system, a hormone is secreted which
cause the gallbladder to contract, thus releasing the bile into the
stomach and small intestine. The bile's job is help
food digestion by working on digested
fats. Lecithin in the
bile dissolves this fat
into droplets so small that the enzymes can surround them and process them so they can pass
through the intestinal wall into the blood which takes it to the cells where your body can use it.
Bile is a green blend which contains water, lecithin, acids, cholesterol, bile salts,
and minerals. Bile is vital to health.
* Functions of the Gallbladder PubMed.gov Compr Physiol. 2016 Jun 13;6(3):1549-77. doi: 10.1002/cphy.c150050.
Inadequate Bile Flow
Trouble starts when the diet is too high in refined sugar and starches
and too low in protein. When too little bile is formed by the liver and
when the gall bladder is too "lazy" (due to nutritional
deficiencies) to empty its content, the fat cannot be readily absorbed.
When not absorbed, the fat then unites with calcium and iron from food
(stopping these minerals from entering the blood where they can do some
good), and forms a hard soap, then forms hard packed fecal matter and causes
This persistent stealing of essential iron and calcium can bring on
iron-deficiency anemia, osteoporosis (honeycombed bones) or osteomalacia
(week and caving-in bones).
Without enough bile, fats, which
quickly melt at
body temperature, cover the carbohydrates and proteins that are also being
digested, making it hard to continue the digestion process.
Then bacteria attack this
partially digested mess, bringing on gas and discomfort, contributing to a smelly bowel movement and an
equally foul breath. Much of the undigested food is usually lost
in the stools. Poor elimination associated with gall bladder problems invariably
indicates a major loss of vital minerals.
Because the lack of
bile acids prevents the absorption of vitamin A, D, E, &
K, and whatever fat has been broken down, deficiencies are produced. People with insufficient bile
flow are usually so deficient in vitamin A that they have difficulty in
driving a car at night, sewing, or doing other close work.
Although a low fat diet is recommended to decrease these digestive
problems (it keeps the gall bladder quiet until healing has occurred), when the gall bladder has to be removed obviously a low fat diet cannot rectify this situation or increase the absorption of
There is a peril of a low-fat or no-fat diet. (See Low Fat Foods)
Gall bladder sludge:
Also called biliary sludge can
upon as a condition of microscopic gallstones, although
it is not clear at what size the particles should be considered gallstones.
Gallbladder sludge is composed of calcium
salts and cholesterol crystals. Unless you flush it
from your system quickly, it can lead to gallstones,
or worse, painful pancreatitis and inflammation of the
gallbladder. If it isn't resolved, surgical removal of
the gallbladder is sometimes recommended by medical
Gallbladder sludge can develop after fasting,
rapid weight loss, certain medications, a high
cholesterol level, drug or alcohol damage, or
Symptoms include pain in the abdomen, nausea, and
vomiting just like gallstones.
Gallbladder (contracted Gallbladder):
A contracted gallbladder is not normal
and indicates that your gallbladder needs
support. It is not functioning correctly.
What do you do for a "sick"
gallbladder? You get the body to build a healthy
gallbladder. You do that by supplying it with the
nutrients that the body needs to build a healthy
gallbladder. Bodies are designed to create energy and
build a healthy body given the right tools that it needs
There are different formulas you can
take as well as changing your diet.
You can also see a nutritionist who
can test you and supply you with the exact nutrients
your body needs. Your "sick gallbladder" may
be a symptom of your liver needing help, or just a
problem with the gallbladder itself. Hard to say. You
can find a nutritionist near you on this page. Find a Nutritionist
You do have choices.
1) Eat a high fiber diet. Eat more
beans and fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
You can add oat bran to your cereal.
2) Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. It
flushes the liver and dilutes the bile secretions that
lead to gallstones.
3) Green juices. Spinach, parsley -
these are rich in chlorophyll, a pigment that has a
natural cleansing effect. An eight ounce blend
of two ounces of green juice and two ounces of carrot
juice, diluted with an equal amount of water.
You can also find fresh vegetable juices with this
combo at your health food store such as Whole Foods
Here are some "hidden"
symptoms that you probably aren't aware of.
In this video Dr. Berg tells you why they are
is a very important organ. It is NOT an extra
body part that you can do without as you will soon
discover. Symptoms include: low thyroid,
headaches and right shoulder pain to bloating, low
vitamin D and even high cholesterol.
See: Side Effects from Gall Bladder Surgery
& faulty gallbladder function.
Build a healthy gallbladder:
Dr. Berg's Gallbladder Formula - Gallbladder Formula contains natural ingredients to provide bile salts for bloating and digestive stress. It improves the digestion of fats.
This formula gets results.
What about Gallstones?
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