Could Hormones Be Partially Blamed For Your Gallbladder Pain?
Your gallbladder is a small, oblong organ located underneath the liver on the upper, right side of your abdomen. Many people don’t think about the role their gallbladder plays in digestion until they develop gallbladder pain and seek relief or medical care.
Bile, created in the liver, is stored in the gallbladder and released when we need it for fat digestion. Small, hardened deposits of cholesterol or other bile components can create stones, which range in size and may fill the gallbladder completely.
When the gallbladder is not emptying properly, or when the ingredients in bile are imbalanced, thick sludge forms and stones may move into a bile duct, blocking it. This is a painful experience known as gallbladder attack.
Hormones At Work
Gallbladder pain affects more women than men. Women over 40 and those with a family history of stones are at a higher risk of developing them.
Estrogen dominance and excess is the primary reason why. During pregnancy, when a woman’s estrogen levels are elevated, is when many experience gallstone symptoms for the first time. Menopause is another time when many women will take hormone replacement medications and elevate their risk for gallstones, among other issues.
Symptoms To Watch Help You Identify Gallbladder Problems
How can you tell if you may be experiencing gallstone related symptoms?
- Pain in the upper, right abdominal area
- An abdominal or back ache which develops 1-2 hours after meals, particularly one high in fat
- Pain after eating which radiates to the right shoulder blade
- Indigestion and gas after eating- especially high fat meals.
- Light-colored stools, darkened urine
- Yellowing skin tone (Jaundice)
Both men and women can develop increased body fat, increased breast tissue and soreness, mood swings, thinning hair, lowered body temperature, brain fog and other estrogen linked symptoms, along with the development of gallstones and biliary sludge.
Meet The Culprits: Sources Of Estrogen
We acquire excess estrogen through many sources daily. If you are taking birth control pills and do not absolutely need to, it may be worth considering alternatives to reduce that source of estrogen. As well, body fat helps create estrogen, so obesity can be a vicious cycle as it relates to hormones when estrogen causes weight gain, and weight gain causes estrogen.
It is often helpful to seek the assistance of a professional nutritionist or dietitian who can guide you to lose weight safely and sustainably while you rebalance your hormones. Beware starvation diets and rapid weight loss as these are linked to gallstone formation and often cause more weight fluctuations in the long term.
Try to reduce sources of xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens in your diet and environment. Those are the chemicals in plastic and other materials that can mimic estrogen, or plant ingredients like soy, which can act like estrogen in our bodies. Don’t drink bottled water or use plastics and try to avoid health care products and make up that contain harmful estrogen-like chemicals.
Eliminating Gallbladder Pain Thru Detox
Detoxification of the liver and gallbladder help reduce the congestion in these organs and is considered to be an safe and effective gallbladder treatment. This eventually leads to reduction or elimination of symptoms. The Pulverexx Protocol is a formula developed for that very purpose, to dissolve the accumulation of gallstones and sludge therein.