Your gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ that stores bile which helps in the digestion of fat. Sometimes, due to an improper diet or other factors, your bile may become thick and form gallstones which can cause bloating, pain, nausea, and vomiting. If the symptoms are very severe and frequent, surgical removal of your gallbladder may be necessary.
Here are a few tips to keep your gallbladder healthy and avoid surgery:
- Foods to Avoid: Foods high in fat content, fried foods, trans fats found in most processed foods, and refined carbohydrates make your gallbladder work overtime and can lead to gallbladder disorders.
- Foods to Eat More of: A variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein such as fish, fiber-rich foods, foods rich in calcium and vitamin C, healthy fats found in walnuts, flaxseed, or fish oil, and moderate amounts of coffee are all good for gallbladder health.
- Stay Well Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water may help keep the bile in your gallbladder from getting too thick and prevent the formation of gallstones.
- Eat Smaller Meals: A heavy meal puts tremendous digestive stress on your gallbladder. If you have a sluggish gallbladder, try to consume 3 to 4 small meals spaced out throughout the day.
- Maintain a Healthy Body-Mass Index: Being obese or overweight increases your risk of gallbladder disorders. Following the healthy eating tips mentioned above should help you lose weight safely.
- Avoid Rapid Weight Loss: Care should be taken to avoid dropping the excess weight too quickly as rapid breakdown of fat may cause excessive secretion of cholesterol into the bile resulting in the formation of gallstones.
Many people with gallbladder disorders may not experience any symptoms; however, if you experience frequent episodes of upper abdominal pain after a heavy meal, intolerance to fatty foods, bloating, and gas, visit your doctor or the specialists at Greater Houston Gastroenterology for an accurate diagnosis & treatment recommendation.