What to eat if you have no gallbladder
Email your questions for Dr Libby to email@example.com. Please note, only a selection of questions can be answered. efficiently. Some people experience constipation after their gallbladder has been removed. Ensuring adequate hydration, movement and a diet rich in fibre can assist with this. Soluble fibre can be particularly helpful. Good food sources include berries, legumes and oats.
Given that your gallbladder was removed some time ago, there is no special diet you need to follow so I encourage you to be guided by your symptoms (if you experience any) and what feels right for your body. Focus on eating plenty of whole, real foods, including plenty of vegetables. Dietary fat tolerance is highly individualised so notice your tolerance for these as well as the types that suit you or those that might be a problem. If you have issues digesting fats, MCTS (a shorter length of the fat structure than most other dietary fats) may be easier to digest. These are in coconut. Or you may find these don’t sit well and avocado and olives suit better, for example.
Bitter foods and herbs can help to stimulate bile production, so these can be highly beneficial. However, bitterness is not a flavour many people seek out. Some examples include green leafy vegetables and roasted dandelion root tea. Globe artichoke and St Mary’s thistle are two medicinal herbs that can be highly beneficial to efficient bile production, and a medical herbalist can advise you whether these would be suitable for you personally if this appeals.
Take care of your liver by amping up your intake of vegetables.