Is a diseased or malfunctioning body part causing trouble? Sometimes the proposed “remedy” is to remove it completely.

Although I realize that some emergencies call for such a drastic measure, I don’t think we’ve been given spare parts.

If an organ or gland was placed in us, it has a purpose. That biological role is important to understand so that you can support the body appropriately in the absence of the part.

On the Chopping Block

Over the years, I’ve supported clients who have lost their large intestine, parts of the stomach, reproductive organs, lymphatic tissue, the appendix, and tonsils. However, gallbladders have been on the chopping block with astounding frequency.

The long-term ramifications of gallbladder surgery can be disastrous. Many clients come to me complaining of a variety of health conditions that are linked to their missing gallbladder.

That organ is often removed due to gallbladder stones or pain caused by a clogged gallbladder. In speaking to the dozens of clients I’ve worked with who have undergone the removal of this key organ, not one has been told that their gallbladder served an important role.

That is tragic.

Why do you need one?

Once your food passes through the stomach, it moves to the top section of your small intestine, the duodenum. Here bile is released from your gallbladder when fat is detected in the intestine.

Bile is like dishwashing detergent in that it emulsifies or breaks down the fat you digest. When fat is detected in the intestine, bile is released.

If you don’t have a gallbladder, it is very challenging for your body to absorb fat properly. The body needs unprocessed, dietary fats for a variety of vital functions. Fats are used to build healthy sex hormones, bolster the brain, fuel the heart, and reduce joint inflammation.

The Ramifications

If healthy fat is not absorbed properly, due to a malfunctioning or absent gallbladder, many complications can occur or be exacerbated.

  • Digestive Distress:
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • IBS
  • Hormonal Imbalances
    • Low libido
    • Infertility
    • Menopausal symptoms
    • Erectile dysfunction
    • Thyroid imbalances
    • Poor energy
  • Muscular and Joint Issues
    • Muscle fatigue
    • Joint pain
  • Neurological Impairment
    • Mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression
    • Mental fatigue
    • ADHD
  • Nutrient Insufficiencies
    • Poor absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, E, D, and K
  • Inflammation
    • Cardiovascular inflammation (e.g. high cholesterol and high blood pressure)
    • Chronic joint pain

Why the Gallbladder Fails

There are 2 main problems that can occur.

#1. If you ingest poor quality fats, such as hydrogenated oils or vegetable oil, your gallbladder will become clogged.


#2. If you eat a fat-free or low-fat diet, your gallbladder gets lazy because bile is not triggered by normal amounts of dietary fat in the intestine. Our bile should be thin and free-flowing; however, a low-fat diet causes the bile to become stagnant, and it turns into a thick sludge.

For Those Without a Gallbladder

If you do not have a gallbladder, your body will have a lot of difficulty digesting fats. Consequently, people without gallbladders are most likely deficient in certain essential fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins, and even minerals. This can lead to the aforementioned health ramifications.

If your gallbladder has been removed, it is important to ingest bile salts as a supplement at your meals, which take the place of the bile traditionally secreted by the gallbladder. Otherwise, your dietary fats will inflame your digestive system rather than nourish your body.

Get Support

Want to learn more? If your gallbladder is sick or has been surgically removed, it’s time to take action.

I encourage you to schedule a free 15 minute consultation. Simply click here. You need a game plan tailored to your body, missing parts and all.

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