Gallbladder disease is caused mainly due to poor diet and obesity. A prefect diet plan keeps one away from the gallbladder disease. Here is a list of foods you must have and those you must avoid.
Gallbladder is a small pear shaped organ situated very close to the liver. It stores and concentrates the important digestive juice (bile) that aids digestion. Bile is a yellowish brown fluid produced by the liver and helps in digestion, particularly fats. The bile stored in gallbladder is squeezed out through bile ducts to mix with the fat food into the intestine. The bile juice dissolves the fat in the food into watery contents, after which it is digested by the enzymes. In this way, the extra fats and toxins are wiped out of our body, hence, ingesting a sound digestive process.
Now, sometimes the digestive juices in the bladder solidify, the result of which is, formation of a substance like a small pebble or stone. They are referred to as “gallbladder stones”. These stones can be caused by many things such as high cholesterol, alcohol intake, diet that is high in saturated fats, and so on. Sometimes, these stones are symptomatic and cannot be dissolved by medications, a surgical removal of the gallbladder is then done, which is known as “cholecystectomy”. Humans can easily tolerate the loss of a gallbladder, but then losing an organ of the body definitely has its disadvantages. Therefore, it’s only wise to scrutinize your diet and change it to suit you the best to avoid further complications. Now let us see things in sequence, i.e. causes, symptoms, foods, and a diet plan.
Causes of the Gallbladder Disease
- Speedy weight loss
- Patronizing use of antacids
- High triglycerides
- Excess alcohol consumption
- Diet rich in saturated fats
- Intake of antidepressants which slow down the gallbladder contractions
Symptoms of the Gallbladder Disease
- Pains in the back or right shoulder
- Headache right over the eyes
- Frequent use of purgative
The gallbladder may look and feel just the same even with the presence of stones. Therefore, it’s important to educate yourself about the symptoms, to be able to differentiate if they are the symptoms of the gallbladder disease and not dyspepsia, since they seem similar. Gallbladder stones often are the cause of gallbladder attacks. They also cause infection which causes pus in the entire gallbladder, referred to as “cholecystitis” in medical terms, which is a serious complication that impairs its functioning. Gallbladder removal surgery is then recommended. One has to gently treat oneself post surgery and during the gallbladder disease, and nourish themselves by following a gallbladder surgery diet for a speedy recovery.
Gallbladder Diet Importance
Gallbladder disease is more common among females than males, the ratio being 4:1, and more common with people above the age of fifty. A proper diet plan is absolutely essential when treating or trying to prevent gallbladder stones. Amongst the many causes listed above, you will notice that most of them have to do with your intake or consumption of food. Any diet rich in fat contents and high in cholesterol increases the risk of stones, therefore making your digestive process inactive and lesser digestion of fats, leading to those extra flabs on the body that everybody wants to get rid of. Here is a list of foods to avoid and foods to eat when you are on a gallbladder diet plan.
Foods to Eat on a Gallbladder Diet
- Sweet potatoes
- Lemon juice – a glass of lemon juice tin the morning helps clean the liver.
- Foods containing high amount of omega 3 oils like hemp or flax is very beneficial and important part of any gallbladder diet.
- Cold water fish
- Liver cleansing agents like onions and garlics
- Tender baby beans
- Swiss chard
- Dandelion greens
- Fiber found in fruits, vegetables and guar gum serve the best purpose of the gallbladder diet.
Foods to be Avoided on a Gallbladder Diet
- Milk products
- Fried Foods
- Red meat
- Ice creams (I know it’s difficult)
- Aerated drinks and sodas
- Spicy foods
- Beer, wine, liquor
- Black tea
- Keep away from the cabbage family
- Packaged and canned food
- All artificial sweeteners
- Bleached foods
- Grapefruit, oranges
- Avoid smoking as it only aggravates the problem
Gallbladder Diet Menu
Now that you know about the foods to eat and foods to avoid, to keep away from the gallbladder disease, it’s important to draw a diet plan to correctly include foods that will help you tackle the gallbladder disease and help speedy recovery after the surgery. We have a plan chalked out for you if you are finding it difficult to plan one. We have chalked out two plans, one for the veggie lovers and the other for the non-veggies. The gallbladder diet plan goes this way and includes the following.
|Wake Up To||A glass of warm water or lemon juice or a teaspoon of olive oil followed with a fruit juice.|
|Breakfast||Oats with dried fruits and a glass of carrot juice or cup of skimmed milk and two slices of toast.|
|Lunch||Vegetable soup, pasta made in tomato based sauces, tortillas and large salad. A fruit or a fat free ice-cream, if desired.|
|Afternoon Snacks||Iced tea or cake slices or jelly sweets.|
|Dinner||A large serving of vegetable salad, brown rice, whole wheat tortillas and include a fiber rich fruit. A glass of water with a twist of lemon or a glass of buttermilk to end with, will work wonders.|
|Wake Up To||A glass of warm water or lemon juice with honey.|
|Breakfast||White egg omelet, fat free yogurt or a latte with low fat milk. Include a fruit if possible.|
|Lunch||Ham with the fat trimmed off or a turkey wrap. Large salad serving and a fruit or a fat free ice-cream, if desired.|
|Afternoon Snacks||Iced tea, low fat fig rolls or salted popcorn.|
|Dinner||White fish, a chicken preparation (do not over eat), whole grain pasta and brown rice. A glass of water with a twist of lemon or a glass of buttermilk to end with, will work wonders.|
- Consume at least three liters of water every day and drink warm water to cleanse the bowels.
Everyone has a different tolerance level to every food, so it’s important to consult a doctor or nutritionist for the best diet plan suited specifically for you. Make sure you do not overeat. Include fresh and raw vegetable juices in your diet and completely avoid packaged foods. Washing the vegetables and fruits clean before consuming them is very important. One must avoid eating food under stress. To prevent the formation of more stones, it’s essential to choose a healthy and well suited diet plan.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of a medical expert.