Help, my gallbladder was removed

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What to do if your gallbladder has been removed

All is not lost, there are things you can do to help with fat digestion after your gallbladder has been taken out. After you had your surgery, did your doctor tell you to supplement with some form of bile? Mine sure didn’t. My doctor didn’t tell me anything after the surgery. There were a lot of things I had to figure out on my own. And since everyone is a bio-individual, what worked for one person doesn’t work for everyone. It was and still is a lot of trial and error. 

Are you feeling tired since you had your gallbladder removed? Many people feel tired after their gallbladder is removed because it is harder for their body to digest and absorb fat-soluble vitamins, which are Vitamin A, D, E and K. If you are low on Vitamin A you may experience dry skin or dry eyes. You may be aware that low levels of Vitamin D cause fatigue. 

Here are some tips for healthy eating after your gallbladder surgery.

  • Limit the amount of fat you are eating, especially at first. While I believe that healthy fats are a good part of a healthy diet, I know that digesting fats is more difficult after gallbladder surgery. 
  • When you do eat fats, make sure they are healthy fats such as avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. It is a good idea to avoid unhealthy fats like processed oils or hydrogenated oils. I do not believe those types of fats have a place in anyone’s diets, let alone someone who is suffering from gallbladder issues.
  • Eat a healthy amount of fiber. Your body needs fiber to keep your bowels moving regularly. Be careful not to go too fast with adding fiber. Good fiber choices include: 
    • Oats
    • Potatoes
    • Sprouted grains
    • Beans
    • Lentils
    • Fruits and veggies, beets are especially good. See below for an excellent beet slaw recipe.
  • In the beginning, it may be necessary to eat smaller meals more often, until your body adjusts to not having a gallbladder.
  • It may be helpful to limit caffeine, alcohol, dairy, and sugary foods. 
  • Avoid processed foods as much as possible. 
  • Chew your food properly, it may not seem like much, but helping your body break down the food you eat will make a significant impact on your overall digestion.

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