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...
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our families, our friends, our health, our food, our life in general. However, perhaps it's also one of those times in the year when gaining a few extra pounds can seem like an inevitability.
Instead of serving the old standby, calorie-loaded recipes you make year after year, why not try some of these healthy recipe ideas?
The following Thanksgiving ideas have less fat, calories and sodium than traditional dishes, but they are packed with flavor, so you won't be sacrificing on taste.
Here are some suggestions to help you make up your Thanksgiving menu...
Starter ideas :
Spiced pumpkin soup
Spinach and green apple salad
Roasted butternut squash soup
Mix 1/4 cup fresh herbs (minced), with 2 tablespoons of oil, and some seasoning, then rub the mixture over the turkey, and under the skin. Put an onion, apple, sliced lemon and orange into the cavity, and roast...
Risk Factors More than 25 million Americans have gallstones, and a million are diagnosed each year. However, only 1 - 3% of the population complains of symptoms during the course of a year, and fewer than half of these people have symptoms that return. Risk Factors in Women Women are much more likely than men to develop gallstones. Gallstones occur in nearly 25% of women in the U.S. by age 60, and as many as 50% by age 75. In most cases, they have no symptoms. In general, women are probably at increased risk because estrogen stimulates the liver to remove more cholesterol from blood and divert it into the bile. Pregnancy. Pregnancy increases the risk for gallstones, and pregnant women with stones are more likely to have symptoms than nonpregnant women. Surgery should be delayed until after delivery if possible. In fact, gallstones may disappear after delivery. If surgery is necessary, laparoscopy is the safest approach. Hormone Replacement Therapy. Several large studies have shown that the...
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