Updated: Nov 16
Have you suffered from chronic constipation?
Have you gotten used to only going a few times a week?
Is it painful to use the restroom at times?
Your gallbladder may be the reason you are experiencing these issues. There are so many people nowadays that are getting their gallbladder removed and think it is not an essential organ. Well think again.... Our gallbladder is an essential organ for our digestion and it helps to hold bile that helps your body digest fats. Without it, you may experience diarrhea after eating a fatty meal, experience pain under the R side of your rib cage, or suffer from chronic constipation. A lack of bile production or release of it into the body can come from a variety of things. Ways that we can put stress on our gallbladder are stress, chronic infections, nutrient deficiencies, and even excess insulin in the body.
How are constipation and the gallbladder connected?
Like I said, our gallbladder stores bile that assists in fat digestion. Without bile, fat digestion would be impossible and fat would just move right through the digestive tract and then be excreted in the stool. The other function of the bile is to act as a lubricant for the digestive tract. Think of the bile as being similar to butter. If you try to spread ice cold butter onto some toast, it doesn’t quite spread easily. If the butter is warmed up to room temperature or even warmer, it spreads easily and can coat the entire surface of the toast. When bile is thicker and not spreadable, it can’t help stool in the digestive tract move along well, leading to constipation.
Reasons for gallbladder dysfunction
Bile is a sludge that is made up of bile salts, cholesterol, and bilirubin. Each of these are necessary for healthy bile. When gallbladder distress happens, it is typically due to some sort of bile issue. Sluggish bile, stones that limit bile flow, or lack of bile production are common issues. These things can all occur when there are deficiencies of nutrients necessary for production. Components of bile salts can run low due to our immune system working overtime from present infections or inflammation. Nutrients such as glycine, choline, and vitamin A commonly run low due to this, leading to sluggish bile.
People typically don't think of cholesterol as being an essential thing for our health, but it is found in every cell membrane in our bodies. It’s a necessary component of bile as well as in hormone production. When people are low on cholesterol, it is most often due to vegetarian/vegan lifestyles, high consumption of processed carbs/sugars, or avoidance of animal fats. High amounts of insulin or stress hormones can also cause sluggish bile, which is why blood sugar regulation is so important.
Fix your constipation by taking care of your gallbladder
If you have chronic issues with constipation, the best thing that you can do is figure out what is going on with your gallbladder. It may not seem like it isn’t all that important, but when it isn’t working right, it can cause a lot of discomfort. Managing blood sugar and eating plenty of animal fats is a good start towards a healthier gallbladder. Constipation and gallbladder problems can be tricky sometimes by yourself, so I recommend seeking professional care if at all possible.