The gallbladder is a pear-shaped pouch that sits just under the liver. It's main function is to store the bile made by the liver. The gallbladder then releases bile into the intestines as needed to digests fats. The more fat in the meal, the more the gallbladder works. Most "gallbladder diets" aim to reduce the workload on the gallbladder. They remove foods that could cause gallstones and reduce painful symptoms caused by gallbladder disease. As you can imagine, reducing high-fat foods is one of the main tenants of a diet to deal with gallbladder disease. The following foods should be avoided on the gallbladder diet:
Fried or greasy foods
Whole-fat dairy and whole milk
Processed ("junk") foods
Healthy foods for gallbladder issues include:
Whole foods, fruits and vegetables
Lean, low-fat meats
Low-fat dairy and low-fat or skim milk
*Some research also indicates that moderate alcohol, drinking (caffeinated) coffee and eating...
I decided to experiment with a conversation with myself. I asked a simple and basic question and worked my way to complex and confusing:
What is depression?
The DSM-5, psychiatry’s diagnostic bible, refers to various conditions that involve feeling sad, inability to experience pleasure, lack of self-worth, inability to concentrate, and suicidal thinking, not to mention dysregulated sleep and appetite and movement, though you don’t have to experience all these at once.
But everyone gets depressed, right?
True. We all have our bad days. Also, all of us experience grief and loss and major challenges in coping with life. But all this is considered within the “normal” realm of human behavior.
Things change when we lose the ability to function, whether at work or in our relationships or in our own sense of well-being. We are more than just “depressed.” We are not ourselves. Our brains are not cooperating with us. L...
Welcome back to the hall of shame where we find everything from shoes to purses that can contribute to pain. Today our inductee is a historically popular item and arguably the world’s first drug: sugar. The apothecary’s of old used to keep a form of sugar on their shelves, sometimes in the form of honey or sometimes in the form of cane sugar. According to a royal French decree in 1353, apothecaries were not to use honey when sugar was prescribed. 1
Soon what was once a prescribed medicine quickly became a common household item available at every grocery store, restaurant and gas station. America’s drug of choice is available without a prescription. The average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar per year. That equates to six cups per week or 312 cups per year. Where does all this sugar come from? A can of soda has 39 grams of sugar that equates to 10 cubes of sugar. Starbuck’s Mint Mocha Frappuccino has 14 teaspoons of sugar. A cube here, teaspoon...
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