Gallstones are the main health issue associated with gallbladders, so here’s how to relieve gall bladder inflammation.
Let’s take a few moments to familiarize ourselves with the gall bladder. The gall bladder is a small organ — 3”x1.5” on average — located under your liver, directly below your ribs on your right side. It is pear-shaped and its job is to collect and concentrate the bile made by the liver and used to digest fats, keep cholesterol low and digest fat soluble nutrients. The gall bladder and liver work together closely and keeping your liver healthy is the best way to keep your gall bladder healthy.
Inflammation is a common problem among gall bladders. Inflammation results from the liver producing unhealthy bile that builds up in the gall bladder as gall stones. The stones, made from crystals that come out of bile, do no harm in the gall bladder unless they begin blocking the cystic duct. Cholecystitis is an extreme form of gall bladder obstruction and usually results in surgery. While you can live without your gall bladder, removing it puts stress on the liver, which you can’t live without. To keep your liver happy and healthy, keep your gall bladder happy, too. Here are some tips to avoid relieve current or potential gall bladder inflammation:
- Healthy Liver, Healthy Gall Bladder An unhealthy liver is the main cause of an unhealthy gall bladder. Improving liver function is the first step in improving gall bladder health. Good liver health is achieved by the basics: drinking lots of water, eating well (lots of fiber, raw fruits and vegetables, limited dairy, etc), exercising, and staying at your optimum weight. Maintain overall health to reduce the chance of gall bladder inflammation.
- Liver Cleanse Liver cleanses are a good way to clear your liver of anything it may have gathered and give it a fresh start. Most liver cleanses involve fasting and eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Liver cleansing, or flushing, can be uncomfortable but are essential to give your liver a break and let it recharge.
- Eat Bacteria Free The bacteria in certain food can upset both the liver and gall bladder. Eating less meat (sandwich, deli, hamburger, and smoked in particular), some dairy products, processed food, and junk food promotes liver and gall bladder health and decreases the chance of gall bladder inflammation.
- Good Fat Versus Bad Fat Not all fats are bad! In fact, a non-fat diet can hurt the liver and gall bladder. Nuts and seeds, cold water fish and avocados all contain fats that help the liver and gall bladder. Fats to avoid include fatty meats, ice cream, butter, chocolate, fried foods and refined sugars and carbs. Avoiding these foods will help reduce the chance of gall bladder inflammation.
- Tasting It On the Way Down Take the time to chew! Properly masticated food is easier for your body to process. Let your teeth do their job instead of making your stomach and digestive system do all the work.