Reduce Your Risk Of
Gallbladder Problems

How to keep your gallbladder happy

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You may be familiar with your gallbladder, but if you haven’t had any issues with yours, you may not be too sure what this little organ does or what you can do to lessen your risk of gallbladder disease. Good news — we’ll show you!

Fresh fruits and veggies

The gallbladder is a small organ located just beneath your liver. It stores bile, which is then released into the small intestine. The gallbladder helps keep everything running smoothly, but if it develops gallstones, it can send you into a world of hurt and will need to be removed (fortunately you don’t need it to live). Gallbladder disease is is often asymptomatic, but if you’d like to keep yours, these tips may boost your chances.

Check your diet

A diet high in fat and cholesterol and low in fiber is a bad idea for many reasons. It can affect your body weight in a negative way and lead to heart disease — and it can also increase your chances of gallbladder disease.

Avoid losing weight quickly

If you are carrying around some extra pounds, you will want to lose some weight, but be sure you avoid losing too quickly, such as via a crash or fad diet. Research has shown that this can lead to gallstone formation. Not good!

Add fresh produce and grains

Gallbladder-friendly foods are fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat such as poultry and fish, and low-fat dairy products. Eating a diet rich in these items will help you maintain a healthy weight, which is good for your gallbladder.

Avoid fatty foods

These foods are delicious, but they are simply not good for you in any fashion, and can also lead to gallstone formation. Ouch! Fried foods should be avoided, as should highly-processed foods like donuts and cookies. Fatty red meats should be eaten in moderation and same for high-fat dairy.

Know the symptoms

Gallbladder disease is more likely in women and in those who have a family history, so even if your diet is perfect, it may happen to you. If you feel abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and vomiting, particularly in the upper right portion of your abdomen, it’s a good idea to check with a doctor.

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Monica Beyer
Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. She has one more published book under her belt and is currently a freelance writer for SheKnows, Pregnancy and Baby and allParenting. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleeping and baby wearing.

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