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PERSPECTIVE—Gallbladder surgery

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This week on A Different Perspective, Doc talks about the impact the gallbladder has on mental health and why you can’t live a perfectly healthy life without it.

  • Has an effect on mental health status
  • The gallbladder is not just a storage unit, but a sensory organ.
  • Why is bile important?
    • Bile regulates the gut bacteria, destroys pathogens, and is thought to be antimicrobial
    • Bile is important for liver support in excreting toxins including excess cholesterol, excess estrogen, body waste, heavy metal, and so forth.
    • Since bile helps remove excess estrogen, bile plays a role in sex hormones balance
    • Helps you to digest fats, and stimulates muscle action to aid waste removal
    • Enables the absorption of antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K, essential fatty acids)
    • Even some antioxidants in fruits and vegetables are fat soluble so you may not be able to absorb lycopene, lutein, and carotenoids for example
  • If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, you’ll need to take something before you eat anything.
  • What are some symptoms that you’re not absorbing your fats?
    • Floating stool
    • Digestive upset after meals
    • Dry skin
    • Hair loss
    • Oil in your stool
    • Stool light in color (tan not brown)
    • Diarrhea several times or more per week
    • Bowels that smell bad
    • Sticky stool
    • Skin rash
    • Weight loss unexplained
    • Gassy after meals
    • Feeling nauseous after meals that contain fat
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Weak immune system
    • Bleeding gums
    • Poor wound healing
    • Weak bones
  • One way to keep the liver pumping things out regularly without a major dump is sipping on bitter things. Lime.
  • The best herb for the gallbladder is dandelion root.