How to Avoid Gall Stones and Gall Bladder Symptoms

November 12, 2012

How to Avoid Gall Stones and Gall Bladder Symptoms

The gall bladder has the unenviable job in humans of digesting the fat we eat. It is associated with the liver, it sits just under it and is about 8 centimeters long, and it takes the bile produced by the liver to break down our foods. When fat reaches our digestive tract the gall bladder secretes bile previously released by the liver which then emulsifies the fat in the food which at that stage, is only partly digested. The gallbladder is effective because it increases the strength of the bile. However when things don’t work as normal gall bladder symptoms can occur. A common source of problems is when gall stones form in the gall bladder. These come in two forms, cholesterol or calcified gall stones. Calcium is present in the calcified gall stones making them easier to find if you have symptoms relating to your gall bladder. This chemical is used by the body to isolate and chelate any toxins found in the body. For these gall stones identification can be carried out by ultrasound because of the high levels of calcium. The cholesterol based stones are responsible for about 80% of all gall stones, although on many occasions the cholesterol remains in its liquid form. It’s only when it crystallizes that it actually is classed as a gall stone. However cholesterol is almost impossible to pick up by ultrasound because it would be seen as a liquid, just like the bile. Normally it would only be when large amount of cholesterol deposits have gathered or when the calcium has calcified that gall bladder symptoms would be seen. And these symptoms can take many forms, such as digestive disorders which can include either constipation or diarrhea, pain on the right side of the tummy, flatulence or acid reflux. Other gall bladder indications include skin pallor becoming yellow and the whites of the eyes may turn yellow too, along with shadows under the eyes. Stools may be grey in color, nausea and dizziness may occur too and physical appearance may change.

Physical indications related to gall bladder symptoms can be puffy eyes, greasy hair and the skin may have a morbid complexion, loss of muscle tone and excessive perspiring. A person may have a stiff neck, sciatica or stiffness in muscles and joints. However it is possible to have gall stones without displaying any outward gall bladder symptoms. Outward symptoms normally occur when the liver begins to suffer gall stones which obstruct normal operation.

As with most things it is better to avoid gall stones rather than treat them. So, how do you avoid gall bladder symptoms? Because the gall bladder is the body’s guard against toxins then it really is at the front line. The toxins can come from anywhere; we can breathe in toxins from the air. Or we can allow toxins into our body unknowingly by eating food with chemicals present or maybe we like some poisons in the form of alcohol.

A diet too high in saturated fats also has a negative effect on the gall bladder. Sugars, refined foods, junk foods and food additives all contribute to cholesterol deposits which may crystallize leading to gall stones. The liver, with help from the gall bladder cleans up 75% of all of the toxins entering the body and it does it day in and day out. Eating healthy foods in moderate amounts takes the pressure off and decreases the chances of someone experiencing gall bladder symptoms.

Some simple things to do which minimize the negative effects of gall stones include eating small meals, avoid eating frequently and don’t eat early in the morning or close to bedtime. However do not miss meals either. Avoid sweeteners or flavor enhancers, processed foods, alcohol and don’t eat too much dairy produce. But do drink lots of water and all of this will help to reduce your risk of developing gallstones. This in turn will avoid the gall bladder symptoms previously discussed.


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