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 from the liver. When it is called upon to digest greasy foods and other fats, it contracts so that it may squeeze out the bile into small ducts that lead into the digestive tract. The fatty foods are then digested without a problem and the toxins eradicated. That’s good. But when the gallbladder is removed, the digestive tract is not able to receive enough bile to properly digest greasy foods and thus problems arise. If you have read through my articles on taking bile salts, you will still need to consider a diet in order to keep your liver clean and functioning properly. With that in mind, you should definitely try to avoid any of the following foods as much as possible for your own good.
Avoid foods containing black or red pepper
Most peppers irritate the stomach and stomach lining. When you are suffering from gastritis or have just had your gallbladder removed, consuming them is a really bad idea. Not only will they bring a heart-burning sensation along with indigestion, but they may actually cause ulcers. So try to avoid them as much as possible.
Avoid foods containing caffeine
Caffeine can be found in tea, soda and coffee. It is known to cause stomach pain and indigestion. Certain medications may also contain caffeine. Hot chocolate is also a likely candidate to contain caffeine.
Avoid foods with tomato or tomato juice
Folks without a gallbladder should not eat anything with tomato in it as it irritates the stomach lining. But every human body is different and I’ve actually met people who enjoy eating tomatoes even without a gallbladder and feel no pain afterwards. So take this one with a grain of salt. Tomatoes can actually be beneficial to your health. They contain many vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium and can reduce your risk of getting cancer.
Avoid foods with onion or garlic
Certain foods containing onions and garlic may cause irritation and gas when eaten. For this reason, it is best to stay away from such foods especially if you don’t have a gallbladder. Although the onion, like garlic, by itself is very nutritional, even those with acid reflux or gastritis should try to avoid them. They have a tendency to cause bloating.
Basically, try to avoid anything that will NOT dissolve easily in your stomach without the use of excess bile (example: foods with many seasonings). Since you don’t have a gallbladder, bile isn’t being distributed properly to digest these kind of foods. So they will basically just sit there until they rot, causing gas and indigestion. This is very bad for your health. Many toxins trapped inside your digestive tract may cause nausea and other symptoms like fatigue and disorientation.
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