Fruits, vegetables, and moderate exercise can help you avoid gallbladder disease
More often than not, gallbladder problems are a result of poor diet. The same diet that can lead to cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, kidney cancer, diabetes, dental disease and osteoporosis to name a few. Whereas, a diet low in high calorie foods, and abundant in fruit and vegetables along with a daily dose of moderate exercise could do much to completely avoid all of the above mentioned diseases.
Gallbladder removal can lead to other health problems
The idea of removing a body part to relieve the pain of a self-inflicted disease makes about as much sense as removing your car door to dispose of an annoying rattle. You simply expose yourself to further and possibly more damaging problems in the future. There is already concern that removal of the gallbladder can lead to colon cancer but there are too many other factors involved to be certain. The only certainty is that diet can cause you to be at risk for all sorts of health related problems.
Removing the gallbladder places stress on your liver
Your liver produces bile to break down fat. Because the liver never knows how much bile it will need at any particular time it uses the gallbladder to store a supply to be used as needed. That way, when you order a double whopper with cheese, there should be more than enough bile to break down the excess fat. On the other hand, removing the gallbladder forces the liver to produce bile on demand, and to deliver it directly to your small intestine in time to break down all the fat you have consumed. It can only produce so much bile at a time, so if you exceed the amount necessary to do the job, some of the fat will remain undigested. This undigested fat can cause diarrhea, bloating and gas.
Gallbladder removal forces you to change your eating habits
After gallbladder surgery, you will be more sensitive to the fat content of your food than before. This will necessitate changing to a low fat diet. Something you should have done long ago. More than likely, you will be forced to change your eating habits and you will need to offset high fat foods by combining them with a whole grain such as rice which will absorb some of the excess fat. Most likely you will still have problems with gas. Your choice of foods will have to include grains and vegetables, and you will have to watch your fat gram intake at all times. Removing the gall bladder does not mean that you won't have other digestive problems including colon cancer if you fail to eat right.
Ask your doctor to help you with a non-invasive approach
The best way to treat gall stones and avoid the removal of your gallbladder is through diet. You can prevent gallstones simply by increasing your fiber intake with fruits and vegetables. Foods you will need to learn to love include: alfalfa, apples, artichokes, barley, beets, broccoli, carrots, celery, fennel, grapefruit, horseradish, lemons, mustard greens, olive oil, radishes, spinach, water chestnuts, watermelon and garlic. Though you need not give up red meat, you should replace it occasionally with chicken, turkey and fish. And drink plenty of water every day. If you are already suffering from gall stones, seek the assistance and cooperation of your doctor to first try a non-invasive approach before submitting to surgery. Explain to your doctor that you wish to use diet and nutritional supplementation as an alternative therapy and you would like to have your progress monitored. In most cases poor diet and nutrition habits were the reason for your gallbladder problems in the first place.
Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems
Some gallbladder problems will have no symptoms at all. However, if you experience any of the following conditions you should contact your doctor for a diagnosis.
1. Yellowing of the skin
2. Severe stomach pain
3. Chronic indigestion or heartburn
4. Pain that worsens if you breathe deeply
5. Pain after eating a meal that includes fatty foods