What to eat if you have no gall­blad­der

Waitaki Herald - - YOUR HEALTH -

Q: I had my gall­blad­der taken out a num­ber of years ago. Can you please ex­plain whether there’s a par­tic­u­lar diet I should be fol­low­ing?

A: The role of the gall­blad­der is to con­cen­trate and store bile that the liver pro­duces, un­til it is needed. Bile is crit­i­cal for the di­ges­tion and ab­sorp­tion of di­etary fats and fat-sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins (vi­ta­mins A, D, E and K). Ad­di­tion­ally, many sub­stances that are prob­lem­atic to the body if they were to ac­cu­mu­late are fat-sol­u­ble, and bile is es­sen­tial for them to be metabolised, al­tered and elim­i­nated. Sub­stances the body makes it­self like es­tro­gen and testos­terone are fat-sol­u­ble and also re­quire bile for their me­tab­o­lism.

For those who have had their gall­blad­der re­moved, the liver con­tin­ues to make the bile how­ever the gall­blad­der is no longer avail­able to store it. Pro­duc­ing bile is not the liver’s only job, plus it can­not make as much bile with­out the gall­blad­der as there is nowhere to store it.

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. ❚ Dr Libby is a nutri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. ❚ Today’s ar­ti­cle will be my last col­umn. It has been a joy to share in­for­ma­tion about the role of food and stress in your body and on your health over the last two years, and I hope you have found the in­for­ma­tion use­ful. I wish you much health and hap­pi­ness for the fu­ture. -

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