What your doctor won’t tell you after gallbladder surgery
Gallbladder removal surgery is way more common than you would think
And many of my clients have had their gallbladders removed. Think about that. Most people come to me with gut issues. Many of those people don’t have a gallbladder anymore. Coincidence? Or cause and effect?
In my humble opinion, it’s cause and effect.
What does the gallbladder do?
The gallbladder stores bile that has been made in the liver. When we eat foods containing fat, the gallbladder squirts out just enough bile into the stomach to help start to break down the fat and make sure it’s digested properly and later absorbed.
How does this process change when we don’t have a gallbladder?
Well, without a gallbladder, the bile produced in the liver continuously drips into the gut. It never comes out in just the right amount to digest fat after we eat it.
This causes a few problems.
The most important problem here is that fat isn’t getting digested. So, when we eat fat, it flows right out the other end and makes our poop float.
Yes, usually, when you see floating poo, it’s because it’s full of undigested fat, and fat floats.
Either that or having too much undigested fat in your stool can cause a slip and slide sort of action in your bowels (diarrhea). THAT’S uncomfortable, huh?
Why do we want to digest fat? Doesn’t eating fat make us fat?
NO!!! Eating and digesting fat gives us the building blocks for our hormones (all hormones, not just sex hormones – including insulin, serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, thyroid, cortisol, etc.), helps us to stay hydrated, keeps our hair and skin soft and our nails strong, and nourishes our gut lining.
We need fat to thrive!
It is essential!
Eating sugar makes us fat!
And raises levels of cholesterol!
Ok. I’ll stop shouting now.
So, for those of us without a gallbladder, cuz now we’re scared, what can we do about it?
You can’t get your gallbladder back. That’s for sure. But you can find a way to digest fat again. It’s really not difficult.
The best way to deal with this is NOT to avoid eating fat. Like I said before, we NEED fat in our diets for some very important functions in our bodies.
The best way to deal with it is to simply take some digestive enzymes that include ox bile with your meals. This timely ingestion of bile should do the trick, and you’ll see your poop stop floating in about 3 days. (That’s how long it can take for food you’ve already eaten to make it all the way through to your back door)
My favorite enzyme with ox bile for quality and price is Now Foods Super Enzymes.
I’m very curious, just an experiment, who of you have had your gallbladder removed?
Did your doctor inform you about the dangers of living without a gallbladder, or did they just tell you not to eat fat?
I’m so curious.
Please, have courage and leave a comment below. I want to hear about your personal experience with this.
See ya next week!