According to the CDC, gallbladder removal is one of the most common procedures in the United States, with about 600,000 performed each year.
Is this surgery necessary? At times, yes.
Is this surgery addressing the underlying cause? No. Because it’s a lack of adequate bile production and flow that’s causing the problem in the first place. And we need certain nutrients to make bile and to have it flow and not become sticky, which is what creates gallstones.
Here are symptoms indicating a problem with bile production and flow:
Periodic loose stool.
Bitterness in mouth
Yellow tongue coating
Whole body itching
Intolerance to fatty food
Right shoulder tightness
Right scapula tightness
Heaviness or discomfort by base of right ribs
General muscle aches.
Elevated bilirubin or high cholesterol
Reflux that doesn’t improve from antacids
Dry and cracked skin
Spontaneous bleeding in extremities
Low fat soluble vitamins levels
If you’re struggling with any of the above, especially if multiple things, then consider supporting your bile production and flow.
What can cause the lack of production and flow?
Don’t have the raw materials to produce enough choline
Diets are lacking in choline-eggs are a great source
Multiple Pregnancies: baby requires a lot of choline and preempts the choline we need to make bile
Menopause: we need adequate estrogen to hook up the choline
Genetics: some people just genetically have a hard time making adequate bile
I happen to be one of those peeps who has the genetic predisposition and while it was lurking in the background for years, unbeknownst to me, it became very apparent once I reached menopause. My heels became severely cracked and often bled. Freshly shaved legs would sting when I went into the ocean. My digestive system slowed down and I began experiencing more constipation and I had spontaneous bruising in my extremities which felt like bee stings.
I was at a loss at first. I, of course, did a thorough assessment of my thyroid as dry skin and constipation can be a sign of low thyroid hormones. Nothing really showed up.
It wasn’t until I stumbled across an article about bile that a light bulb went off. I stitched together a story of my current symptoms, along with the results from a stool test years ago, and remembered my mom had had her gallbladder removed, all pointing to an issue with bile! Bingo!
I’ve since written a complete post on bile, which I’ve named our “Secret Sauce” because it really is magnificent in all the roles it plays. If you’d like to read more about it (I hope you will) here’s the link.
One of my favorite supplements for bile production and flow is Gallbladder Nutrients by Seeking Health.
Many people who’ve had their gallbladder removed ask me if they would benefit from using Gallbladder Nutrients. The answer is yes, as it supports the underlying problem. Gallbladder Nutrients is actually a poorly chosen name as it ultimately supports at a deeper level and helps, regardless if you have a gallbladder or not. In fact, if your gallbladder was removed, there’s an increased likelihood you may even benefit more.
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