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There are 1.2 million gallbladder surgeries every year. That’s a lot of gallbladder surgeries if you consider that you can only have your gallbladder out once. Just because they can cut your gallbladder out doesn’t mean they should. Your body doesn’t have organs that you don’t need. Every organ has a purpose to support the body’s function, even the gallbladder. If people knew the #1 reason for gallbladder surgery, they could easily avoid needless surgery.

Do I Need My Gallbladder?

Nobody wants to go under the knife for no reason, and it makes sense to hold on to as many of your organs as you can, right? Many people have had their doctors tell them that the gallbladder is just a storage unit and that they can live a normal life without one. Some people are told they don’t need to make any changes, while others are told to stop eating fats. That doesn’t make any sense! Your body needs fats. So many people have the surgery, their symptoms don’t go away, and now they have a limited diet and don’t have a gall bladder. Your gallbladder is more than just a storage unit.

Your gallbladder is a sensory organ that releases bile into the digestive system to emulsify and break down fats. Suppose you don’t have a gallbladder; that means your body doesn’t know when or how much to release bile. It might release too little, which can lead to digestion issues. Or it might release too much, which can cause anal leakage. Yeah, a quality of life where you regularly shart yourself when you sneeze? Yeah, it’s better to keep your gallbladder.

What is the #1 Reason for Gallbladder Surgery?

Now you’re wondering, “If I need my gallbladder, what is the reason for gallbladder surgery?” The reason most people end up getting gallbladder surgery is because of low stomach acid. Most people don’t know it because they think stomach acid is bad and there is no way to test for stomach acid. We at The Wellness Way know it because we see the body’s physiological responses.

We understand how the digestive tract works. The gallbladder gets inflamed and irritated because of low stomach acid. The gallbladder stores bile and spits out bile based on what the body needs. If your body isn’t digesting food, it will be overstressed or overworked. That’s when it will become inflamed or develop gallstones.

Low stomach acid means you’re missing a critical part of the digestive process. You can’t break down food if you don’t have stomach acid and your gallbladder doesn’t know to release bile. That will put more stress on the gallbladder because it’s trying to work harder on improperly digesting food. If you have enough stomach acid, you won’t need gallbladder surgery.

The Causes of Low Stomach Acid

Low stomach acid leads to various digestive issues, including heartburn, nausea, poop problems, poor nutrition absorption, and gallbladder surgery. Are you surprised by the list? Many people want to lower their stomach acid, not realizing how beneficial it is. It is so vital for healthy digestion and sterilizing your food. What causes low stomach acid?

Causes of low stomach acid:

  • Stress – Chronic stress can put the body in a constant state of fight or flight rather than the rest and digest state needed for optimal digestion.
  • Poor diet – Lots of sugar and processed foods can negatively impact your stomach acid.
  • Food allergies – Your food allergies can also cause inflammation and mess with your stomach acid. Get them tested.
  • PPIs and other medications – Proton pump inhibitors, antacids, and other medications reduce your stomach acid, which leads to more digestive distress rather than relieving it.

Avoid Gallbladder Surgery by Increasing Stomach Acid

Now that you know the #1 reason for gallbladder surgery, you know how to avoid it! Make sure you have enough stomach acid. You can do that by reducing your stress. Yes, we know that’s easier said than done, but it’s crucial for protecting your health in many ways. Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet and avoiding your food allergies to keep your GI healthy. Avoid PPI’s, medications that reduce your stomach acid. When your stomach is burning, it seems wrong that you need more acid, but it is true.

Another way to help your stomach issues is to take a shot of apple cider vinegar before every meal. This practice will improve digestion by regulating stomach acid and boosting digestive enzymes. Find an organic ACV that has a spider web-looking mass inside. Don’t be put off by its appearance. That’s the mother, and it’s full of beneficial bacteria. Apple cider vinegar is Doc’s favorite supplement because of its many benefits and low cost.

I have worked with patients for years who say they can’t do it. Trust us; it’s easy if you take it like a shot and get it over with. Some patients still couldn’t do it, so we created a powder capsule, Digest-Well Complex, with the same benefits without the taste. But seriously, try the shot of apple cider vinegar first.

What If I Don’t Have a Gallbladder?

Gallbladder surgery is becoming more common and happening at even younger ages. In our clinics, we are seeing more and more people who don’t have a gallbladder. They don’t connect symptoms to it because they’re told they don’t need their gallbladder. You do need your gallbladder! We have discussed its importance and how it’s a sensory organ. If you don’t have one, your body won’t secrete bile at the correct times and amounts needed for absorption. What can you do if you don’t have a gallbladder?

If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, some doctors will recommend avoiding fats. That’s likely impossible, and it’s not healthy. Don’t stop eating fats! Your body and brain need healthy fats to function correctly. Those without gallbladders need lifelong support to maintain healthy digestion and a high quality of life. Because gallbladder surgery has become so common, we created a Gallbladder Complex. It’s a unique combination of ingredients that will aid in digestion and nutrient absorption. Take one with every meal if you don’t have a gallbladder.

Your Gallbladder is Important

Just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s normal. Gallbladder surgery is on the rise. You probably know quite a few people who have had it. It doesn’t make it a good idea. If you’re experiencing pain or digestive issues, make sure you are supporting your digestion and stomach acid. The #1 reason for gallbladder surgery is low stomach acid, and that can be avoided. To learn more about supporting your gallbladder and possibly avoiding surgery, contact a Wellness Way clinic near you!

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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