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Loss Of The Gallbladder

GallbladderWhat is the function of the Gallbladder?  The main function of the gallbladder is to act as a storage reservoir for the bile.  The bile has many functions but one of the most important for each of us is the ability to break down and emulsify out fats.  Without this break down and emulsification out fats, we can’t absorb our fats.  This also includes all of our fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, F, and K.  Another important action of the bile is to aide in the transport and absorption of our fats.

What happens when we have our gallbladder removed?  We lose the ability to break down and absorb our fats.  That is all of our essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins.  The result is deficiency of essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins along with all the problems that accompany the loss of essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins.  We are also now more prone to bouts of constipation and diarrhea. 

What is the solution?  If you are one that had to have their gallbladder removed, you need to take bile salts for the rest of your life.   Without taking bile salts with each meal, you are saying that I don’t need all the essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins.  My body can function fine without them.   You also set yourself up for higher rates of colon cancer.  
 
Cholacol is the name of the bile salts that is recommended.  I have personally seen this help many patients.  Cholacol aides in the break down and absorption of your fats.  Thus, helping prevent the bouts of constipation and diarrhea that often occur when the gallbladder is removed.  It also helps protect the intestines and colon.

If you have lost your gallbladder or you think that your gallbladder may not be working at 100%, give me a call.