The gallbladder is a small, hollow organ located under the liver that is responsible for producing and storing bile, a liquid substance with bitter taste and green, whose function is to digest the fats that enter our digestive system. Bad eating habits, excessive consumption of toxic substances (medications, hormonal treatments, alcohol, etc.), the existence of polyps (benign or malignant) in the gallbladder wall and the formation of stones or stones are some of the disorders that can alter the proper functioning of this body.
The gallbladder is a small, hollow organ located under the liver that is responsible for producing and storing bile, a liquid substance with bitter taste and green, whose function is to digest the fats that enter our digestive system.
Bad eating habits, excessive consumption of toxic substances (medications, hormonal treatments, alcohol, etc.), the existence of polyps (benign or malignant) in the gallbladder wall and the formation of stones or stones are some of the disorders that can alter the proper functioning of this body.
What are gallstones?
Gallstones (stones) in the gallbladder, cholelithiasis or biliary lithiasis are remnants of cholesterol, calcium, salts and bile pigments that are deposited in the gallbladder when there is an alteration of the balance between these substances. Their training is quite frequent and sometimes they may not give any kind of symptom. Other times, however, they cause pain, indigestion, nausea or vomiting, especially after eating fatty foods.
Gallstones can also cause biliary colic, a situation that can be
produced by the contraction of the gallbladder, which tries to expel bile, when a stone is found in the vesicular neck, preventing the exit of the bile. It is characterized by acute pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen (mouth of the stomach and liver) about 2 hours after eating, which usually radiates to the back. This pain can last between 2 and 4 hours and then disappear completely. Other symptoms may include: chills, fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes).
Gallstones tend to affect women more than 40 years old and with high cholesterol.
There is a small test called Murphy's sign that you can do yourself and that, if it is positive, it can be a sign of inflammation or stones in the gallbladder. It is done in the following way: press with your fingers 2 or 3 centimeters below the edge of the ribs of the right rib cage, then breathe deeply. If sharp stinging pain appears, the test is positive.
9 anti-colic advice
1. Get periodic reviews
If you have been diagnosed with stones in the gallbladder and the doctor has considered that it was not necessary to operate them, as a precaution it is convenient that you do an annual test to see if the size, number and location of the stones vary.
2. Take depurative plants
You can take boldo, dandelion, milk thistle, artichoke extract, tablets or infusions to eliminate toxins from the body and maintain the function of the liver and gallbladder as best as possible. You can also try Mixtract 3 DPV, which combines several depurative plants such as dandelion, sarsaparilla, green nettle, horsetail and black currant.
3. Improve your diet
Opt for taking fruits such as custard apple, apricots and peaches; also vegetables such as broccoli, cassava, canons, sweet potatoes, red peppers, spinach, chard and radishes, since they are rich in antioxidants, which prevent the formation of stones.
Eat plenty of cereals (rice, quinoa, corn, barley, wheat, millet ...) and white fish mainly, since it is less fatty.
Take natural juices of radish, prune, black cherry and celery, carrot, beetroot, cucumber and green vegetables for their antioxidant properties.
Try to control cholesterol levels with food, avoiding fatty foods (fried foods, fried nuts, stews, dairy products, etc.) and excess animal proteins. The best meats are: veal, chicken without skin, turkey without skin and rabbit.
Avoid alcohol, tobacco, sauces, spicy spices and excess salt.
4. Keep bile more liquid
Drink more water between meals and take extract or artichoke capsules that, besides being depurative and diuretic, prevents bile from thickening, regulates and facilitates the emptying of the gallbladder and relieves nausea and abdominal pain.
5. Take fasting olive oil and lemon
Take 1 tablespoon of olive oil with a splash of lemon juice fasting often greatly improve the symptoms of colic, provided that the stone is not too large (keep 1 minute in the mouth oil and lemon will help make it more cash as we do not repeat the oil).
6. Get rid of anger with emotional therapies
The emotions of anger, bitterness, injustice, anger and anger materialize in the gallbladder and liver. These emotions weaken the function of these organs and there are therapies such as NLP (neurolinguistic programming), holistic kinesiology, Bach flowers, family constellations and bioenergetic therapy, among others, which can help you to release and resolve all types of conflicts emotional
7. Take white clay
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of white clay in a little water and drink the mixture before eating. It will help you eliminate the waste products that are in the blood or bile and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing action.
8. Avoid great physical efforts
Learn to use your breathing and your abdomen to gain weight and, if you practice sports that involve sudden and uncontrolled movements, remember that they can trigger biliary colic.
9. Dietary supplements
You can take soy lecithin in pearls, chewable tablets or granules, as it emulsifies fats; L-Taurine, which is an amino acid that intervenes in the formation and secretion of bile, and Antiox, because its capsules contain antioxidants such as selenium, zinc and vitamins A, C and E, which prevent the formation of more stones.
Polyps in the gallbladder
They are small thickenings in the wall of the vesicle that can be as much benign as malignant. They are diagnosed with an ultrasound and the factors that indicate a risk of malignancy are that they measure more than 1 centimeter, that the person is over 50 years old, that it is a single polyp, and that it causes symptoms. In these cases, the gallbladder may need to be removed.
Live without a bladder
When the gallbladder is removed, bile passes directly from the liver to the intestine, so its concentration is lower and its efficiency at the time of digestion is less. It is also true that after a gallbladder removal operation, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and intestinal problems such as diarrhea and gas may occur, although not everyone has these side effects. Despite all this, the truth is that the removal of the gallbladder does not mean that you can not lead a healthy life, although for this it is important to follow these tips:
1. It facilitates digestion
Take at least 20 minutes to eat seated and in a pleasant environment and make several small meals a day. Avoid drinking during the meal, as it hinders digestion and opt for a single dish. If you take a nap, better reclining than lying on the bed. If you drink dessert, choose papaya or fresh pineapple, since they contain papain and bromelain, respectively, enzymes that favor the digestion of proteins, or take digestive infusions of mint, lime, hawthorn, licorice and fennel.
2. Take care of the health of the liver
Since the liver is the one that will provide bile for digestion, the healthier you are, the less you will miss the gallbladder. Therefore, it is important that you learn to manage emotions such as anger and anger that weaken it. You can also help by eating bitter vegetables such as endives, arugula, celery, artichoke, asparagus, and chard; and taking depurative plants in extract: boldo, milk thistle, artichoke or dandelion. Finally, avoid as much as possible the excess of medications, as they test the liver.
3. Rebalance your body with natural therapies
They will help you improve symptoms such as headache, leg and hip pain, skin problems and excessive sweating, which can appear as a result of the energy imbalance that can occur in the meridian of acupuncture of the gallbladder.
Auriculotherapy: look with the nail of the index finger a point that hurts in the shell of the ear (which is the depression that is above the hole and the septum that divides the ear in two horizontally), since in this area they are the reflex points of the digestive and depurative organs, and press it for a few seconds.
Acupuncture: through this therapy you can rebalance the energetic flow of the vesicle meridians and stimulate the function of the liver, stomach and intestine to ensure a good digestion and purification of toxins.
Holistic kinesiology: it is a muscular test that can help you to know if you need to take digestive enzymes or antioxidants, or what depurative plants are the most convenient for you. It also promotes emotional balance.