Gallbladder Treatment Myths & Facts
You may have noticed that the advocates of natural and alternative health treatments are not always in agreement with conventional medicine’s approach, especially when it comes to gallbladder pain. When it comes to gallbladder treatment, the contradictions and resulting confusion may leave you wondering what your safe, healthy options are.
The good news is, unless a person had an infection, chronic blockage or gallbladder rupture, surgery is typically not necessary. More that 1 million Americans undergo cholecystectomy each year believing that they had no other safe, effective options.
There are a few myths we can help bust for you if you’re making a point of learning more about your gallbladder health.
We Don’t Need Our Gallbladders
This can be categorized as true- but it depends on what you mean by, “need”. It is certainly true that we can live and continue to digest food without the help of a gallbladder. The uncomfortable problems which can arise after surgery, however, are often downplayed.
The gallbladder serves the important role of bile regulation and release so that specific volumes and concentrations can enter the small intestine, relative to the contents of our meals. When the gallbladder is removed, a steady but weak trickle of bile continually flows into the intestine and is often insufficient to adequately emulsify fat or heavier meals.
Indigestion symptoms can make mealtimes frustrating and unpleasant. Many people need to take enzyme and bile supplements to properly digest their food for a lifetime after gallbladder removal.
There Aren’t Any Natural Remedies That Work For Gallbladder Treatment.
This statement is not true. Let food be thy medicine, said Hippocrates, yet many modern medical professionals no longer pay attention to the wealth of healing available in simple diet changes.
The big budget research studies which back most pharmaceutical treatments are not prevalent for natural and food related treatments, however many liver and gallbladder-friendly foods and supplements are completely safe and risk free to try, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by making a few healthy changes.
If You Have Gallstones Or A Sluggish Gallbladder, You Can’t Eat Any Fat At All.
This statement is false and it’s very important that people know the truth about fat and gallbladder function. Severely restricting fat consumption is recommended only while someone is actively experiencing the pain of a stone blockage.
That is because dietary fat signals the gallbladder to contract and this can add more pain and pressure when a stone blocks bile flow. Restricting fat should be a temporary gallbladder treatment, however. Normally, a moderate amount of healthy fat is quite essential to a balanced diet and to regular, effective gallbladder function.
The production of bile and the consistent outflow of bile are required to prevent gallstones. Those who lose wait rapidly on fat deprived diets often suffer gallstones as a result of the gallbladder being less mobile.
Many of the health problems Americans suffer from today, are directly related to poor food choices and overall lifestyle factors. Positive changes in these areas are therefore very effective to treat those conditions.