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Interesting Information: Priming the Gall Bladder

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Interesting Information:  July 22, 2012

Priming the Gall Bladder

Lori Lipinski has an article in the May/June 2012 issue of Well Being Journal that addresses the need of most Americans to enhance the health and performance of their gall bladders–which are not functioning optimally due to years of eating low-fat diets and/or bad fats, like all those highly processed vegetable oils and margarines and vegetable lards.

Lipinski states up front in the article that her clients who eat low-fat diets “are usually the most unhealthy.”

Good fats are butter, tallow, olive oil, and coconut and palm oils.  I would add lard from pigs raised in a healthy manner.

Lipinski writes that the “gallbladder is shaped like a little sack that sits alongside your liver.  The liver produces bile, a substance made from cholesterol that emulsifies fat and makes it easier to digest.  The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, then secretes it into the small intestines when fats are present.  If you don’t eat fat, the gallbladder won’t get any exercise and can begin to atrophy.”

BUT, you cannot just suddenly start eating a lot of good fats as your gall bladder does need priming.  Plus, if you eat too much fat for your system to handle right now, you will throw up.  So go at increasing fat consumption gently and gradually.

Symptoms of a problem gall bladder include gas, a full or heavy feeling after meals, bloating, acid reflux, and “pain in the right side radiating into the right shoulder blade, and loose or light colored stools that float.”  (Light-colored stools indicate your body is not absorbing and using fat AND other nutrients as well, which is not a good thing.)

How to help your gall bladder?

First, don’t use antacid pills.  Your system needs more acid, not less, if you’re having issues.

Second, “enhance your digestion with raw apple cider vinegar.  Mix 1 teaspoon with 2-4 ounces water and drink with meals.  A nice acid environment in the stomach stimulates the gallbladder to do its job.”  Get the kind of living apple cider that includes the “mother,” not the dead kind good only for cleaning the house.

For additional support, Lapinski recommends Dr. Schulze’s formula to “cleanse the liver and gallbladder.”

Other helpful remedies “include Swedish Bitters, 1 teaspoon in water taken just after meals, and lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut and beet kvass.”  (Recipes are in NOURISHING TRADITIONS, Mary Enig and Sally Fallon Morell.

Lapinski, like Mary Enig and Sally Fallon Morell, in EAT FAT, LOSE FAT, notes that if you need to up your fat (and you do if you’ve been eating low-fat) start with UNREFINED coconut oil, which is easier to digest.  Enig and Morell suggest up to 6 tablespoons spread out over a day.  (Make a yummy yogurt smoothie and add gently melted coco oil and lots of egg yolks.)

If you do not have a gall bladder any longer, look into supplementing with bile salts to handle fat consumption.  I’m out of my depth with regard to how much fat one can eat without a gall bladder…

Don’t let a surgeon take out a gall bladder unless you try some diet measures first–like the GAPS diet.  Unless, of course, your gall bladder, like my dad’s became, is too sick, too infected, to fix with good food.  Try not to get to that place by changing how you eat now.

Written by louisaenright

July 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm