How to keep your gallbladder healthy
- Avoid bad fats such as vegetable oils, trans fats, highly processed foods, and excess processed sugar or refined carbohydrates.
- The body has a hard time breaking down processed oils and trans fats. They become rancid, which can lead to gallbladder problems.
- Eat healthy fats such as olives, coconut oil, coconut milk, avocados, fish, etc.
- Why is eating healthy fats so important? When you eat healthy fats, the gallbladder contracts to secrete bile, if you are not eating enough fat, the bile does not get secreted, and it sits in the gallbladder. Over time the bile becomes thick and sludgy, which eventually leads to gallstones.
- Eat foods that are supportive of healthy bile such as beets, artichokes, asparagus, citrus, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, radishes, dark leafy greens, and carrots.
- Take your time to eat your food in a relaxed state.
- When you are relaxed, your body is much more equipped to digest the foods you eat. Taking time to chew your food (20-30 chews per bite) helps with the digestion process. Your gallbladder is an important organ for healthy digestion
- Drink plenty of water, aim for ½ your body weight in ounces, for example, someone who weighs 150 lbs should drink 75 oz. of water daily. Limit diuretics such as caffeinated tea, some herbal teas, coffee, etc. When you do drink diuretics, add extra water. For every ounce of diuretics, add one and a half ounces of water to your original water goal.
- Keeping hydrated helps the bile stay more fluid when you get dehydrated, so does your bile, it becomes thick and moves much more slowly.
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