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 am infatuated with Starbucks. Not in the sense that I dream of Starbucks while sleeping or in the sense where I carve my name into a heart alongside the Starbucks logo onto some tree trunk. Infatuated yes, irrational no. But Starbucks is one of the few spoils that I actually crave. If a coffee product is on my mind, it immediately morphs in to a need for Starbucks and Starbucks only. I will pass any number of exits posting signs for coffee until I see one with the sign for Starbucks. My husband does not understand this behavior even in part although I have patiently explained many times why Starbucks is a higher order. That said, I was pretty happy when I found that protein shakes were a staple on my bariatric diet after my gastric bypass surgery. With a little imagination, I was sure I could make a protein shake that had a Starbucks Frappuccino flavor and texture. Off to the lab I went. Results From the Bariatric Lab If you want to branch out from traditional protein shakes and kick st...
There is no relationship between acid reflux and gallbladder disease, other than the fact that the diseases can give similar symptoms and therefore can be difficult to distinguish from on another.
While classic acid reflux disease will cause heartburn, at times it may only cause upper abdominal pain. When it does, the pain is usually located in the upper epigastric area, the region just below the breastbone in the center of the body. Classic gallbladder pain is present in the right upper quadrant, below the ribs on the right side. At times it can radiate to the back or around the right side, and if the gallbladder is infected, may be associated with fever. If there is involvement of the bile duct, there may be jaundice or elevation of liver enzymes. In around fifty percent of patients with gallbladder disease, the pain can be in the epigastric area instead of the right upper quadrant. If there is no fever or liver enzyme abnormalities, this might be difficult to distinguish fro...
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