The gallbladder is a small organ located under the liver that stores bile produced by the liver and releases it into the small intestine to help us digest food.
It is a sensitive organ and maintaining a healthy diet full of nutrient-rich foods helps to keep it in perfect health. So while certain foods can protect and promote a healthy gallbladder, others increase the likelihood of problems such as inflammation or gallstones; so it is essential to follow a healthy diet for the gallbladder.
3 meals to avoid
There are three common meals in our day-to-day that are unhealthy and that we must take into mind because they force the gallbladder to make an overexercising that with the passage of time can complicate things and we must avoid helping protect the gallbladder. are:
- The white foods of refined cereals such as bread, pasta, etc.
- Foods high in fats
- Processed foods
The most problematic foods are processed high-fat foods. Fatty or fried foods in oils such as vegetable oil are more difficult to break down and can cause problems in this organ. Foods with trans fats, such as those found in commercially processed or baked products, can also be detrimental to their proper functioning, other than our overall health.
In addition to these three meals, we must also avoid alcohol and tobacco.
Problems we may suffer
As we mentioned there are two main types of problems that can arise in the gallbladder: inflammation and gallstones. Some people with gallstones do not experience any symptoms, but for people who do experience them these may include pain in the upper right part of the abdomen, especially after meals and when eating fatty foods, a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, mild fever, dark urine, such as tea-colored stools and lighter-colored stools.
Gallstones can be painful. If they are large enough, they can also block the duct coming out of the gallbladder. Over time, this can put our own lives at risk, and removal of the gallbladder would be necessary. Therefore, it is more than important to follow a healthy diet and include foods that do protect our gallbladders such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat meats.
As indicated by the Spanish Foundation of the Digestive System (FEAD) it is about following a healthy and varied diet, similar to the pyramid of healthy eating; eat little quantity and several times a day; the idea is to divide the meals into 5-6 intakes; eat slowly and in a quiet environment and perform simple cooking (boiled, in its juice, iron, steam, oven).