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This Is How Your Gallbladder Is Involved In Hormone Metabolism

Some people think of their gallbladder as being “expendable”.  Don’t get me wrong, as I don’t think anybody wants any of their organs to be removed.  But since many people live a seemingly normal life after getting their gallbladder removed, many people don’t think their gallbadder plays an important role in their overall health.  After all, how important can your gallbladder be if you can do just fine after it’s surgically removed?

The gallbladder actually plays a very important role in your body.  And while many people do seem to live a normal life without it, many others have health issues that are due to their gallbladder being removed.  But most people aren’t aware that their health issues are related to this.

To better understand this, let’s take a look at the function of the gallbladder.  The gallbladder stores bile, which is necessary for the emulsification of fats.  In other words, it helps to break down the fats you eat.  If have your gallbladder removed, then this will affect the bile, and your body will have problems breaking down fats, which will also interfere with the digestion of fats.  This is why people who have received gallbladder surgery usually experience digestive symptoms (bloating, gas, indigestion, etc.) when eating a lot of fatty foods.

So why is this a big deal?  Well, the fats and oils you consume are part of the building blocks of many of the hormones in your body.  And so if you don’t have a gallbladder, then your ability to make and metabolize hormones will be impaired.  This of course is also the case if you still have your gallbladder, but if it’s not functioning correctly, which is the case with many people.  So if you have a malfunctioning gallbladder then you can expect to have problems with hormone metabolism.  Once again, someone who has a malfunctioning gallbladder will have some of the same symptoms I listed above (bloating, belching, indigesting, pain between the shoulder blades, etc.).  So when someone follows a natural treatment protocol, this is one of the primary things I will look for, as if they have an impaired ability to make hormones, then this of course will affect their recovery.

The Relationship Between Estrogen Dominance And Gallbladder Issues

If you’ve been reading these posts and articles for awhile, then you know that from time to time I’ll speak about estrogen dominance, which is a condition involving a hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone.  This condition causes bile to become thick and sluggish, which will cause problems with the emulsification of fats, and therefore can impair hormone metabolism as well.  In other words, it’s very common for someone who is in a state of estrogen dominance to have gallbladder issues.  And while someone with the above symptoms might try to do a gallbladder flush to help, they need to get to the root cause of the problem, which is to correct the estrogen dominance issue.  So for anyone who is looking to achieve optimal health, if the person is in a state of estrogen dominance this needs to be corrected.  Once this is corrected the person will sometimes still require a gallbladder flush, although not always.

What can you do if you have already had your gallbladder removed?  Obviously there is nothing that can be done to permanently fix this problem.  However, there are certain supplements people can take to help emulsify the fats.  Most people of course don’t do this, as they try to minimize the fats they eat, which can also cause problems.  We’ve been taught to avoid fats, and while you don’t want to eat an excess amount of fats, you also don’t want to substitute eating carbohydrates for them.  You need to eat a balanced diet consisting of protein, quality fats, and a minimal amount of carbohydrates.  But in order to break down the healthy fats you eat, you either need a properly functioning gallbladder, or if your gallbladder has been removed, then you will need to take certain supplements which helps prevent the bile from becoming thick and sluggish.

In summary, even though people can live without a gallbladder, this doesn’t mean this organ isn’t important to our health.  Without a properly functioning gallbladder, not only will this affect the ability to break down fats, but it will also affect the formation and metabolism of hormones.  So if you’re looking to follow a natural treatment protocol, it is essential to have a properly functioning gallbladder.  And if you have had your gallbladder removed, you then need to receive the necessary nutritional support.


 

15 Comments

  1. Jean Stanley says:

    Hi
    I am a 45yr old woman, have been dealing with Estrogen dominance for 3+ years but came to a head 2yrs ago, coincidentally (not really) the same time as i was having massive digestion issues, which then turned into gallbladder testing which showed only 11% functioning. They wanted to do surgery asap. I’m a alternative/natural type person so before going under the knife, I researched for 3 solid months, did a cleanse and all symptoms disappeared. I was on bioidentical Progesterin & Testosterone cream but last saliva test showed too high testosterone levels. About 3 months ago I went off the creams as I am seeing a new alternative MD. Now my gallgladder is again acting up, pain under right ribs, digestion problems. Billirubin is elevated so more liver tests, xrays etc. I advised them that i know this is my gallbladder but my Western doc is not listening. I started detoxing 3 days ago. All natural whole organic foods only, plenty of real apple juice, tumeric, no sugar-wheat-dairy-eggs-caffeine-alcohol. I have Progesterone cream left so I will go back on that. Is is too late for me? Can I mend my Gallbladder as I don’t want it removed. 3 of my friends have had the surgery but I’m not that easy. I try all alternatives and I don’t like bandaiding my issues. I have come this far and don’t want to give up. I can’t get any straight answers from the medical field. I have researched and solved on my own. I DO NOT have the “typical symptoms”–chalky stool, bright urine, etc.
    Thank you!

    • Dr. Eric says:

      In most cases it is possible to preserve the gallbladder and not receive surgery. Of course this isn’t always the case, but it sounds like you’re doing all of the right things, and I know if I were in your situation I would also try to do everything I can to avoid gallbladder surgery.

  2. monica towers says:

    Hi,
    My gallbladder was removed after I had my first child at age 36. I was still having lots of heartburn even after she was born. They ran some ultra sounds and told me I had multiple gallstones. I was not having any pain, but they told me I had to have my gallbladder removed 3 months after my C-section. They took my gallbladder out, gave me a bottle full of greenish looking gallstones that looked like buckshot. So, I still have my bottle of gallstones and heartburn, but no gallbladder! I was on acid blockers for more than 10 years which I believe have caused me many health problems. I now have Graves Disease, joint issues and candida to name a few. I have over the past year started taking Digestive Enzymes and Ox Bile which have almost eliminated my heartburn and stomach distress. I take Probiotics 2-3 times a day and Luguols Iodine/Iodide daily and Soloray Adrenal Caps. My diet is much improved, I try to eat at least 3 servings a day fresh raw fruit and veggies like raddish, carotts, kale, apples etc. My breakfast is mostly Ezekiel Toast with Coconut Oil and Himalayan Crystal Salt and Truvia, with an Egglands Best hard boiled egg and raw carrot, raddish and or apple. I drink lots of water and use Cell Food too. It seems since I added Luguols Iodine that my hair started growing back quite a bit. I am 1 year into menopause and stopped my Estrogen/Progesterone, however, my hot flashes have returned, but not as bad as they were prior to using HRT. My diet is not perfect, but compared to my past it’s a drastic change. I would like to deal with my hormonal issue, but I cannot afford bioidentical hormones so I’d like to know if you could write an issue for women that can help guide us. I’ve been wondering about the natural creams, but I get confused.
    Thank you for time.
    Sincerely, Monica Towers

    • Dr. Eric says:

      Hi Monica,

      I’ve written a few articles on my website about estrogen dominance, and I have discussed how I don’t use bioidentical hormones as a first line of treatment for most women. If someone had a complete hysterectomy then it might be a different story, but there are supplements and herbs that can help regulate the HP Axis and increase progesterone output. One of the best herbs for increasing progesterone production is Chaste tree, and there are other supplements and herbs that can help balance the hormones. With that being said, I don’t randomly recommend these, as I would advise any woman to first obtain a hormone panel to see the actual levels.

  3. Rosario says:

    Hello,
    My gallbladder was removed 7 years ago and I have all the digestive problems doctor Eric mentioned above. Now, as I think of the supplements, what kind of supplements do I need and how often do I have to take it? Thanks!

    • Dr. Eric says:

      When someone has had their gallbladder removed I typically will recommend supplements to help break down the fats and thin the bile. I personally use Standard Process products such as Betafood and Cholacol, but I would advise you to consult with a local naturopath or chiropractor so they can put you on a specific protocol to help with digestion.

  4. Skippy says:

    Hello, I am a 67 year old female, and have had hyperthyroidism for 22 years. I take one Tapazole daily which controls my thyroid. I had an X-ray 5 months ago which showed that I am FULL of gallstones. I did 2 flushes so far with olive oil,with very little success, and within 2 hours, the gallbladder pain returned. A friend of mine had the laser treatment to smash the gallstones and is doing ok, and my sister had her gallbladder out. I don’t know what to do about my gallstone problem. I have been avoiding eggs and fatty foods, and I often eat BEETS. I weigh 98 lbs, and otherwise am in good health, my Blood pressure last week was 109/60 and my glucose is 4.5. Maybe my problem is ESTROGEN DOMINANCE, so how do I correct it???? I am unfamiliar with this problem. My regular doctor is just out of med school, very nice but lacks experience. It’s hard to find a doctor in my area, so I am fortunate to have any doctor at all, –With lots of people their only choice is to go to emergency, if they don’t have a doctor. So how do I correct ESTROGEN DOMINANCE?

    • Dr. Eric says:

      Before correcting estrogen dominance, you first need to confirm that you have this condition. And so I would get your hormones tested, specifically estrogen and progesterone, but also would recommend getting the pituitary hormones estrogen and progesterone. I have written some articles on my website that goes into more detail about estrogen dominance, but if this is what you have then I of course would recommend consulting with a holistic doctor to give you the guidance you need.

  5. Christy C says:

    Hi there, I am a 30 year old athletic and normally healthy female. I have been so stressed the past week or so because I had a gallbladder attack a few days before my period this month as well as some off and on digestive issues and headaches. For 2-3 months this similar stomach issues occurred about a week or two prior to my period.

    I got a CT scan and they saw “multiple bilateral ovarian cyst”. I asked the gastrologist if it was cancer and he said NO. But he told me to get an ultrasound anyway, and I will be doing so next week.

    I am so scared. I was told they were small in size but I am just worried. Last year I took the morning after pill twice really close together and immediately got an ovarian cyst which ruptured and caused infected fluid to enter into my abdomen. After I was treated with antibiotics everything seemed to be fine. I think my hormones are off but I don’t know yet. I just don’t want the so called “cyst” to be cancer and I am really really freaking out.

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