Importance of the gallbladder

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What is the importance of the gallbladder? The gallbladder is vital for healthy digestion, specifically digestion of fats. Many doctors view the gallbladder as unnecessary. Sure, you can live without it, but that doesn’t mean it has no purpose. You may stop the pain you are experiencing when you have your gallbladder removed, but you want to get to the root of the problem. After it is taken out, you may experience new challenges. I am not saying no one should ever have their gallbladder removed, but there are things you can do to keep it healthy. If you have already had your gallbladder out, that’s okay because there are things you can do to help your body out.

What happens if your gallbladder is not healthy? The gallbladder is an important organ for healthy digestion

If your gallbladder is unhealthy, it can cause painful side effects from gallstones. Leading to having to have your gallbladder removed if you do not work on the underlying causes of the gallbladder problems. Doctors will tell you that you do not need your gallbladder, which is right, you can live without it, but without it, your body will have a harder time digesting fat. You may later face other complications such as poor absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. I had my gallbladder removed in 2008 after having numerous gallbladder attacks while I was pregnant with my first daughter. She was born at the beginning of October, and by the end of October, I had my gallbladder removed. At the time I was in so much pain, that I couldn’t wait to have mine removed, I wish I had known back then what I know now and did a better job keeping my gallbladder healthy in the first place. It is my goal to help people keep their gallbladder’s healthy, so they don’t have to go through what I go through. 

Signs that your gallbladder needs some attention

  • Pain is the most common symptom of gallbladder problems
    • Everyone experiences gallbladder pain differently. Some may feel pain in their chest, near the heart; others may experience pain in their back. 
  • Some people experience stomach aches when they are having gallbladder problems; you may think you have a stomach bug.
  • Diarrhea can also be a sign of gallbladder dysfunction.
  • Having a family history of gallbladder issues is something to think about as well. In my family, almost every woman has had their gallbladder removed.

Now that you understand the importance of your gallbladder, what can you do about it?

Click here to read how to help keep your gallbladder healthy. Already had your gallbladder removed like I have and want to know what you can do now? Click here