The Gallbladder Diet Handbook


Are you having problems after gallbladder surgery? Not sure about what foods to eat? If you are having trouble eating after your gallbladder removal, this is the guide for you!

The Gallbladder Diet Handbook gathers information on healthy recipes to create a well-researched food list & diet plan for those living without a gallbladder.

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What is a cholecystectomy?

What is a cholecystectomy?

It can happen to just about anyone, really. Gallstones block the flow of bile in your gallbladder, or your gallbladder becomes inflamed, and you experience gallbladder pain and other symptoms of gallbladder disease. What happens next? Once you’ve actually been diagnosed with a gallbladder problem, you’ll be told you need a cholecystectomy. What exactly is a cholecystectomy? And what happens during it? Are there any complications?

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7 Facts About The Gallbladder

7 Facts About The Gallbladder
I find that many of the people that visit the website haven’t actually lost their gallbladder, but are instead doing research for loved ones in their lives that HAVE lost their gallbladder, or are in the process of making those kinds of preparations for any kind of reason. While your doctor or dietitian may explain some of these things to your loved one, you may be left in the dark about some interesting facts about the gallbladder yourself.

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Is Pasta Good Or Bad For People Without A Gallbladder?

Pasta is not bad to eat at all if you have a functioning gallbladder and a healthy digestive system, but for those who’ve  just had a surgery or had their gallbladder removed, it may indeed cause some problems. Pasta contains processed flour and usually comes served with some kind of sauce. This may cause indigestion to those who suffer from digestive disorders. Pasta is normally made of flour, eggs, salt and water. Other types of wheat can be used in the making of pasta.

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Ox Bile Supplement

Have you heard of Ox Bile or Bovine Bile as a supplement? If not, you’re missing out on the many benefits that this natural remedy brings to those living without a gallbladder. Even if you’re not a firm believer in complimentary medicine, you should take a look at this incredible product. It really helps a lot in the digestion process of heavy foods, especially to those who have had their gallbladders removed.

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Liver Cleansing

Your liver is a very important part of your body. Its main function is to clean and keep toxins out of your blood. If it isn’t working properly, then you are sure to feel the effects. The liver regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile, which helps carry away waste products from the liver. When we overeat or eat too many processed or fried foods, then our liver starts to get slow. However, there are different ways to cleanse the liver. The most effective way is by doing a natural liver cleansing. You can do this by simply eating one of the following foods daily and including them as part of your diet.

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10 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

Here are ten small but effective ways in which you can change your lifestyle to lead a better, more healthy and more productive life. Believe it or not, it is the small things that count, so you should try and practice these tips as much as you possibly can to fulfill this goal.

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Suggestions For A Life Without A Gallbladder

When you’re living without a gallbladder, life can be tough. Diet is extremely important. Eating low-fat, high fiber, organic foods can help maintain your metabolism in check and increase your recovery. Don’t forget green leafy vegetables can also help. Eliminate refined carbohydrates and hydrogenated oils. You need to stay away from any potential meals that could trigger indigestion or inflammation.

Liver Flush – Every six months. People without gallbladders may develop stones in the liver which could lead to a sluggish liver.

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Flavonoids & Antioxidants Information

Flavonoids are compounds of antioxidants found typically in cranberries, onions, celery and tea. Once you consume flavonoids, they can help stop the growth and reproduction of certain bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori. A recent study in 2003 showed that patients who suffered from gastritis and other stomach illnesses had a beneficial effect from consuming dark-colored berries. These berries all contained flavonoids. Flavonoids can help the mucous membrane of the stomach become stronger. By doing so, the stomach becomes more resistant to pain and digestive problems. It is also good for fighting back against gastritis.

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The Healing Power of Green Tea

There are many forms of tea out there in the world but only one is considered as having the highest content of antioxidants available. The leaves from green tea are known as Camellia Sinensis. They undergo a thorough process of oxidation to ensure that it puts out the best properties on to your tea. Green tea has been widely used in Asian countries especially in Japan, China, Thailand and Korea. In China, the history of green tea was written during the Tang Dynasty. It has been a powerful healing drink for most of Asia for hundreds of years.

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Friendly Dairy Products – Living Without A Gallbladder

Dairy products are known to be the highest source of calcium compared to most other foods out there, which makes one wonder why we don’t see them as healthy eating. For us, the answer is simple. The problem becomes when dairy products aggravate further intestinal problems as a result of not having a gallbladder. But it would be a shame to leave them just because of that. Recently, companies have produced certain dairy foods that are good for all types of people no matter what disorder or illness they may have. Low fat products are one of these such foods.

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No gallbladder and Schweden/Swedish bitters

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Hi I read on a website that they say if one does not have a gallbladder, they should avoid taking Schweden/Swedish bitters. Is this true, if so, why? and further what damage does it cause if one has been taking it. They recommend Apple Cider Vinegar.

Look forward to hearing your response.

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Herbal Drinks To Prevent Inflammation Of The Gallbladder

Inflammation of the gallbladder, and gallstones, is known as Cholelithiasis. This happens when the gallbladder is filled with “sand” or rocky pebbles.  You should take precautions and start a healthy diet to eliminate gallstones from forming. One of the ways you can do this is through herbal plants. These teas are natural supplements that are considered to be one of the safest ways to protect the gallbladder. No side effects have been reported by patients.

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Interesting Facts About The Gallbladder

Facts About The Gallbladder

Size and Shape– The gallbladder is approximately 7 to 10 cm long and 3 cm in maximum width. It can hold 30 to 50 ml of bile, fats and other liquids. The shape of the gallbladder is like that of a deflated balloon (pear-shaped) with three sections known as the fundus, the body and the neck.

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Risk Factors That May Trigger Formation Of Gallstones

Risk Factors That Trigger Formation of Gallstones

The gallbladder is an organ located right under the liver that is responsible for helping digest fats and other hard-to-eat foods. When the gallbladder cannot control the level of cholesterol in the body, this triggers stone formation which develops inside the gallbladder. In medical terms, the formation of gall stones in the gallbladder is called cholecystitis. Below are some of the major causes of cholecystitis.

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The Wonders of Olive Oil to Health

The Wonders of Olive Oil to Health From the Mediterranean comes a fruit that contains many health benefits to our body. Olive oil is produced through the extracting and grinding of the fruit known as olive. Contrary to popular belief, olive oil is not just used for cooking, it is also used for beauty products […]

Cholacol: Digestive Supplement For Those Without A Gallbladder

Cholacol: A Digestive Supplement For Those Lacking A Gallbladder Cholacol is an effective digestive supplement that can effectively help stop indigestion right in its tracks. Not only can it expel any unwanted fats from the body, but it can help absorb food and other nutrients that might otherwise not be absorbed because of a slow […]

Oatmeal – A Daily Source of Dietary Fiber

Oatmeal is one of the best high-fiber meals you can eat when you’ve removed your gallbladder. Once you’ve started eating normally again after surgery (you primarily start with a full liquid diet until you can consume regular meals), you should begin a high-fiber diet to help move food through the intestine. Oatmeal is in the […]

Wheat – Harvesting the Benefits of Whole Grains

Wheat is a type of food regularly known as a whole grain. Whole grains provide lots of benefits to people without a gallbladder. In fact, wheat has become a popular weight loss product because it makes you full even without eating that much fat. Plus it prevents dumping of glucose in the blood. For people with […]

How Fat-free Yogurt Helps With Digestion

Poor digestion leads to abdominal pain and discomfort and may even cause gastritis which further aggravates the intestine and stomach lining. If you cannot digest food properly or feel as though it isn’t digesting properly, you may be right. You may be suffering from a condition called irritable bowel syndrome in which the food in […]

Soda & Other Carbonated Beverages

Sodas are one of the major culprits in gastrointestinal pain because of how they affect the gastrointestinal tract. There are various reasons why sodas should be avoided. For one, they contain high amounts of sugar. Secondly, they contain high amounts of artificial flavoring and caffeine. Third, they contain high amounts of preservatives, and lastly, they […]

Foods to avoid: Coffee

Coffee is a good stress-relieving beverage that also contains antioxidants which can be as potent as those found in green tea. However, coffee is not a good drink for those who lack a functioning gallbladder. Patients who have undergone gallbladder removal usually suffer from diarrhea more often than normal individuals. This results from the presence […]

Foods to avoid: Milk Products

Milk is another type of food that might cause bloating and indigestion. Particularly, whole milk products containing fats or artificial flavoring should be avoided, or it will make matters worse if you have no gallbladder. In particular, it might cause diarrhea or nausea depending how tolerable your body is to lactose products. There are two […]

Foods to avoid: Pizza

If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, eating pizza may not be right for you. Everyone loves pizza, but this same delicious food made of wonderful melted cheese can be a trigger to abdominal, chest and even back pain for people with no gallbladder. Most gallbladder attacks and abdominal pains are triggered by fatty foods. Pizza […]

Chocolate and Chocolate Drinks

Chocolate is loved by many and is one of the most common foods people eat when under stress. However, chocolate may also be detrimental for people with certain conditions. Chocolate is one of the foods that you should try to avoid after having your gallbladder removed because of various different reasons. For one, chocolate is […]

French Fries and Potato Chips

  If you are prone to gallbladder problems, foods high in saturated fat like French fries, fried chicken and even potato chips may trigger pain in the stomach and perhaps even severe abdominal pain. Don’t go to the emergency room because of a bad choice of meals. Learn how things like french fries and potato […]

What are bile salts and how can they help after gallbladder surgery?

  Bile salt is a chemical produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It aids in the digestion of fats and helps in the elimination of toxins from the body. When insufficient bile salts are present in the body, disease can occur as a result of the toxic buildup. Recent research indicates that […]

Foods to eat 7 days after gallbladder removal

The gallbladder is a fragile sack near the liver that acts as a storage tank for bile. It is usually removed due to the presence of gallstones, those small but sharp pebbles that accumulate after a bad diet or bad lifestyle. In fact, it is considered to be the most widespread problem that requires surgery […]

Benefits of Milk Thistle After Gallbladder Surgery

Milk Thistle after Gallbladder Removal Surgery Milk Thistle, a plant, has been a favorite remedy for over 2000 years to deal with liver and gallbladder issues. It is an ideal herb because of its flavonoid substance called silymarin that when extracted becomes fundamental in helping the organs increase the potency of glutathione considerably. Glutathione is […]

5 Natural Supplements, Remedies & Ways to Reduce Indigestion & Stomach Aches

  5 Natural Supplements & Remedies For Indigestion Knowing what supplements or vitamins to take is a good habit that you should form in order to stay healthy. There are literally dozens of great natural ways to avoid indigestion. What better way to treat stomach pain and cure your indigestion than with natural remedies? No side effects. […]

10 Effective Herbal Remedies to Remove Gallbladder Stones

The gallbladder consists of various biological processes which help the body maintain a good digestive balance when consuming different foods. It does this by making a digestive liquid called bile which helps in breaking down fats and other hard-to-digest meals. When this fluid becomes hard, it builds up deposits in the form of tiny stones […]

10 Foods to Eat after Gallbladder Removal

10 Foods To Eat After Gallbladder Removal The gallbladder has a significant role to perform in our body, but it is not essential for our survival. The gallbladder is responsible for breaking down fats by acting as a storage tank for bile. Without the gallbladder, bile is directly released to the intestines from the liver. […]

Having Your Gallbladder Removed: Risks & Benefits

Why would anyone want to have their gallbladder removed? Well, there are many reasons why a gallbladder removal might be necessary. For example, if the patient is having severe abdominal pain and the gallbladder has become infected or filled with gallstones and cannot be cured by conventional means, doctors will usually opt to remove the […]

5 Lifestyle Changes & Tips for People Living Without A Gallbladder

Life without a gallbladder can be challenging. Losing an organ such as the gallbladder causes your body to react violently to certain foods. Foods that you could eat before perhaps are now making your stomach growl and ache. Or maybe you’re getting random bloating out of nowhere. Well, the bad news is that it is […]

Sweet Potatoes – Filled with Nutrients & Vitamins – Beta-Carotene

Sweet potatoes are used in many dishes around the world because they add flavor and nutritional value to every meal. Sweet potatoes are exactly what their name describes. They’re sweet, usually orange in color, and shaped like a potato. You can cut them, bake them or steam them. Anything you can do to a potato, […]

Papaya – A Wonderful Life-Saving Fruit with Many Healthy Benefits!

When my mother couldn’t eat anything after her gallbladder got removed, Papaya was the only thing that helped her stay on her feet and recover quicker. It saved her life in fact because Papaya actually contains many healing properties that help the body recover after a traumatic experience such as a gallbladder surgery. Papaya can […]

Foods that do NOT irritate the gallbladder

What are some foods that do not irritate the gallbladder? Easily digestible foods You can pretty much eat anything that doesn’t have too many seasonings and is easy to digest. Losing your gallbladder means the digestive process has been altered so that bile is not being properly distributed throughout your digestive tract. For this reason, you might […]

Life After Surgery

It has been more than a decade since my mother got her gallbladder removed. Most people recover quickly from a gallbladder removal. My mother was one of those few that did not truly recover after surgery. If you are living without a gallbladder and are having problems when eating, you should talk to your doctor […]

Foods to eat after gallbladder surgery

Tip: Also make sure to read my article on Foods to avoid when you don’t have a gallbladder to learn what you shouldn’t eat after a gallbladder surgery. So you have just gotten your gallbladder removed and are not sure what foods to eat. Losing your gallbladder is not something you can recover from in a […]

What is a gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped muscular sack that acts as a storage tank for bile. The bile is made in the liver by liver cells and is sent through tiny ducts or canals to the duodenum (small intestine) and to the gallbladder. The gallbladder stores the bile to have it available in larger quantities […]

Foods to avoid when you don’t have a gallbladder

Whether you have just gotten your gallbladder removed or you’ve lived without one for years, this list will come in handy to those trying to avoid indigestion due to the lack of a gallbladder. To start, let’s clarify why we need to avoid certain foods after having our gallbladder removed. The gallbladder stores excess bile […]

Bile salts can cure you after gallbladder surgery!

What is bile salt? Why do you need it? Bile salts are essential to the human body. A bile salt is a chemical produced in the liver that keeps it running clean without any toxins. Think of it as the liquid detergent you use to wash dishes with. It aids in digesting nutrients such as […]

What does the gallbladder do?

A gallbladder’s main function is to store excess bile from the liver in order to help with the digestion of fats. Compared to all the other organs, the gallbladder is actually quite small. When the body is having trouble digesting certain foods, the gallbladder will squeeze bile out into tubes called ducts. The gallbladder itself […]

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