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The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Inflammation
– A Symptom of All Disease
G is for gallbladder
a storage organ for the bile produced by the liver. Bile
is important because it emulsifies fats that we eat and aids in
elimination of cholesterol from the body. Bile increases the normal
action of the intestines and helps prevent parasitic infection.
Bile also carries the toxins gathered by the liver out of the body.
function can become impaired for a variety of reasons. One common
reason is ingesting food and drink that causes the bile to congeal.
Normal consistency of bile is that of a light oil. Coffee and chocolate
contain substances that make the bile turn into thick sludge, leading
to problems with digestion. And last, but definitely not least,
parasitic infections can clog the gallbladder.
When the gallbladder
function is less than optimal, certain problems can occur. Symptoms
of gallbladder problems include an inability to digest fats, gas
or belching, nausea, foul smelling stools, pain in the upper right
quadrant of the abdomen that may radiate to the right shoulder or
the back, high cholesterol, and deficiency of the fat soluble vitamins
A, D, E, and K. Note that food supplements that contain fat such
as fish oil supplements or the fat soluble vitamins could cause
burping or other digestive discomfort if there is a gallbladder
(or liver) problem.
are a well known gallbladder problem. Gallstones are very common
and occur in one in five women by the age of 60. They are half as
common in men. Gallstones are more common in older people, particularly
those that are overweight or those who lose weight suddenly. Women
exposed to more estrogen through pregnancies, birth control pills,
or estrogen replacement therapies have more tendencies towards gallstones.
Eighty percent of people with gallstones have no symptoms. Symptoms
occur an average of 8 years after the formation of stones begins.
for gallbladder problems include dietary changes, herbs and other
food supplements. High carbohydrate diets with plenty of sweets
increase the chances of developing gallstones so to prevent
gallstones, it is best to eat a low carbohydrate diet with no refined
sugar. High fiber diets help prevent gallstones too so eat
plenty of high fiber vegetables and/or take a fiber supplement.
As for herbs,
turmeric, red beet root, Oregon grape root, artichoke and gold coin
grass help clean the liver and gallbladder along with thinning the
bile and helping to dissolve existing stones. Enteric coated peppermint
oil helps clean the gallbladder and is used throughout Europe. Lecithin
is an emulsifier which helps clean the liver and gallbladder. There
are many proprietary herbal formulas designed to clean the gallbladder.
flushes can also be helpful. There are many recipes using olive
oil and either grapefruit juice or tomato juice. There is even a
recipe that uses Coke although I think the more natural juice
with some acid content would be better. I recommend using mini-flushes
on a regular basis to help rejuvenate the liver and gall bladder.
If you have
had your gallbladder taken out and are still having digestive problems,
consider using a supplement containing bile salts to normalize your
digestion. Check out natural remedies for your gallbladder issues
and see how good you can feel.
August 9, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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