Our world has been obsessed with low-fat everything for a long time but more recently, most communities online are talking about high-fat everything. What happens if your fat digestion is poor?

There is a move towards a Keto diet where there is an emphasis on healthy fats. Keto is designed to swap sugar burning for fat burning.

However, I have met many clients who have difficulty with the Keto diet because their fat digestion is poor. In fact, I had a terrible time with the Keto diet myself and gained a load of weight because I have a damaged metabolism. I didn’t consider my unique circumstances before trialing the diet.

Let’s see what you can do to optimize fat digestion, even if you don’t have a gallbladder.

Cleansing the liver and gallbladder of gallstones dramatically improves digestion which is the basis of your whole health. You have more energy and increased sense of wellbeing.

Hilda Clark

Your gall bladder functions

  • Your gallbladder is designed to optimize fat digestion.
  • The gallbladder is responsible for the absorption of specific vitamins including Vitamin D, K, A and E. These are known as the fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Your gallbladder is a sack of bile and it helps with removing the toxins that your liver have processed.  It is vital for detoxification.  
  • We are living in a very toxic world and your liver and gallbladder are working harder than ever to clear the toxicity to keep you healthy. Your diet is a key factor in keeping your gallbladder healthy.
  • Bile in your gallbladder regulates the good bacteria in your digestive system.  
  • Often people with candida, irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) and yeast overgrowth suffer from a lack of bile production.
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency is common when your gallbladder is not working effectively.  
  • Your body uses Vitamin B6 to keep bile salts flowing and prevent gall stones.
  • Birth control pills can be a contributor to gall bladder trouble. These pills make it difficult to utilize Vitamin B6.
liver stones
Sludge from liver and gallbladder

What tells you that fat digestion is not working?

Your body will always tell you when something is not working as designed. However, we have become accustomed to some digestive issues and don’t pay the attention to it that we ought to. So here are some of the symptoms that could be related to poor fat digestion:

  • bumps on the back of your arms
  • feel nauseous after eating
  • belching
  • poor digestion
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • pain under rib cage above the
    belly button and to the right (Liver side)
  • skin rash
  • light-colored stool
  • gallbladder attack or gallstones that you know about
  • weight loss
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6

How to optimize your fat digestion?

If you want to improve the health of your gall bladder and optimize fat digestion, you want to start with overall digestion. Firstly you want to introduce bitter foods and the following:

  • Pancreatic enzymes including lipase
  • Ox bile to improve bile flow
  • MCT oil
  • Betaine HCL with pepsin
  • If you can’t do HCL, then you want to be taking bitters until you can take HCL.
  • D-limonene
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin E, A and K
  • Eat foods with healthy fats including macadamia nuts, avocadoes, oily fish, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil
  • Eat bitter greens such as dandelion greens, rhubarb greens, artichoke, and salad greens.

What happens to fat digestion if you don’t have a gallbladder?

If you don’t have a gallbladder then it is critical that you are taking ox bile before every meal. Your liver will be doing the work of the gallbladder.

You want to avoid fried foods as much as possible.

Only eat healthy fats. And take lipase along with the ox bile with your meals in order to improve fat digestion.

Keep away from conventionally raised meats and farmed fish.

Do not eat grains, especially gluten.

Remove sugar and sugary foods from your diet.

Increase raw foods in your diet, such as nuts, seeds, fruit, and vegetables.

You also want to take bitters with artichoke. And incorporate bitter greens into your meals.

So whether you have a gallbladder or not, it is important to support your digestive tract from mouth to anus including liver, gall bladder, and pancreas. Most digestive challenges start with a lack of flow and your gall bladder is a critical part of your digestive flow system.

If you have a health issue, perhaps functional medicine can help you. You can find out by booking a FREE discovery call here. We look forward to talking with you.

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