Gall Bladder Problems

The gall bladder is a small pear shaped +organ situated underneath the liver.Both work in tandem, gall bladder storing bile produced by the liver and then releasing it as needed in the digestive process.

When partially digested food passes from the stomach into the small intestine, the gall bladder goes to work expelling bile to aid digestion. Bile is greenish-yellow in colour, contains cholesterol, lecithin and bile salts. If the gall bladder is not working as it should, digestion can be seriously impaired.

Gallstones are the most common type of gall bladder problem. They are made of crystalized cholesterol and bile salts. In some people gallstones produce no symptoms at all. Other suffer mild to severe pain on the right side of the abdomen as the gall bladder attempts to expel the gallstones into the intestine. Symptoms include nausea or queasiness, vomiting and gas are frequent.

People with gall bladder disease should follow a diet that includes:

                     Starchy foods-rice, cereal , pasta, whole grain bread

                    Vitamins and minerals-Eat plenty of FRESH fruits and vegetables.

                                                         Eat plenty of green leafy salads and lace with olive oil, flaxoil, vinegar.

                    Proteins-lean meat and fresh fish (in moderation)

                     Spices-cook all the food, vegetables, lean meat, fish with Ginger and Turmeric.These are good aids for digestion and have antiseptic properties as well.

                   Low fat dairy products- Low cottage cheese, low fat milk, low fat yogurt.

                Eat smaller meals- eat little amounts in every meal.The last meal of the day should be several hours before going to bed.

            Fish capsule- Eat fish capsules which contain  Omega -3oil, good for these patients.It prevents cholesterol build up in the bile.

           Water- Drink plenty of water everyday. (10-12 glasses atleast)

                          Foods that are good for Gall bladder:

 apple, apricot, lemon, guava, pear, grapes, currants, prunes, papaya, tomato, cucumber, carrots, beet.

                       Foods to avoid or cut low

    cheese(low fat small amount), sour cream, egg(fried in butter or oil), pork, onion, cabbage, cauliflower, legumes, high fat milk, chocolate, icecream, coffee, alcohol, soft drinks, orange, corn, nuts, white flour, artificial sweetners, doughnuts, chips etc..

Also forgo drastic diets. If anyone wants to reduce weight, it must be done in a gradual and healthy manner. Adequate exercise and proper foods in proper amount at proper time is must. Not starvation, followed by several eating binges is a big NO.                        

       Expected amounts to be taken:

                Milk and milk products– 2 or more cups daily

               Bread and grains-4 or more servings daily

               Vegetables(steamed, boiled, raw, baked)- 3 or more servings daily

               Fruits- 2 or more servings daily

               Meat or fish (fresh) – 5 to 6 oz daily

               Egg – (boiled or scrambled)-1 daily

              Beverages -includes water, fresh fruit juice, tea- 4 to 6 cups daily

             Soups (fat free broth) -2 cups daily

            Sweets and desserts(servings depend on calorie needs)-non fat frozen yogurt, tapioca, non fat pudding, jelly, jam, marmalade, maple syrup.

 

                        One day sample menu:

           Breakfast:-

         dry cereal-3/4 cup

         skim milk-1 cup

         banana-1/2

        whole wheat toast- 2 slices

        margarine- 2 tsp

        jelly or jam- 1 tbsp

     

        Lunch-

       Vegetable soup- 1 cup

        bun -1

      Lean meat-2 oz

     mozarella cheese made with skim milk- 1 oz

      sliced tomato, lettuce – 1 serving

      yogurt – 1 cup.

 

    Mid afternoon-

     any fruit which are recommended- 1

     fresh juice- 1 cup

 

     Dinner

   Tomato juice – 1 cup

   rice/pasta- 1 cup

   broiled chicken breast or fresh fish -3 oz

    Vegetables- 1 cup

    Dinner roll( if desired)- 1

    carrot , raisin salad -1/2 cup

Before going to bed one can drink 1 cup of skim milk or any hot drink that is prescribed.

This is a one day sample chart, anyone can exchange foods from the chart which are good to eat for the patient. If any confusion, consult a dietition or a nutritionist.

This sample diet provides:-

 Calories- 2060

Fat-50 gm

Protein- 110 gm

Carbohydrate- 299 gm

Sodium-4000mg

Potassium- 4245 mg

     Since maximum liver function is essential for proper bile formation, it is also important to reduce chemical stress upon the liver. Therefore it is important to look carefully at the lifestyle habits and eliminate as many chemical sources as possible that may compromise proper liver function. It includes chemicals in the job or homesuch as solvents, gasoline, paints, nail polish, hair sprays, artificial food additives or food colours.

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6 Comments

  1. Asha

    Thank you, good post

  2. khushi

    Very useful post. Thank you for presenting the diet chart.

  3. Thank u.This is very useful post.I like it very much.

  4. Sarmila

    if you need some more info, let me know

  5. Diane

    I am a diabetic,just told I have “multiple” gallstones.
    It is my understanding ,that carbs,and diabetes  DO NOT go together.
    If the gallstone diet recommends lots of carbs,where does that put me?
    Any advice?

  6. Mary K

     April, 2013

     Appreciate the detailed information.
     I have ongoing pain on my right side.  Not sure might be gallbladder or liver problems.

    Just had upper scope & found some inflammation of the stomach, no advice given by surgeon.

    Waiting for a HIDA scan, solution to do it are limited which results in many months of waiting.

    Wondering if there is any suggestions of how to deal with the inflammation of the stomach ?

    Is it best to follow the gallbladder diet, keep track of the foods & symptoms until I can have more testing done ?

    Thank you.

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