The Importance of Optimal Gallbladder Function for Health

Have you ever wondered what the function of the gallbladder is in the body? Gallbladder removal surgery is commonly indicated for symptoms associated with dysfunction of this mysterious organ. 

Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, PhD explains why removing this organ doesn’t address the root of the problem happening in the body, leading to pain, over-production of hydrochloric acid and other unpleasant symptoms. 

The digestive system is an intricate process. If you don’t support the digestive system by taking medications and drugs, you won’t find healing and recovery and you will always want to make sure there is optimal support for digestion. We want to make sure enough hydrochloric acid is produced in the stomach to produce emulsification to break down protein and make minerals in our food available.

When we start any kind of healing process, we want to ensure we are supporting basics of the digestive process and system. As we age, we produce less and less hydrochloric acid. Instead of using acid blockers such as the drug Emaphrasole or Prilosec over-the-counter medications. Instead of less hydrochloric acid we want to promote and encourage a higher level of hydrochloric acid production in the stomach to enable optimal digestion of our food.

Sometimes in cases of digestive distress, a doctor may decide to remove the gallbladder to see if symptoms disappear. Doctors may try acid-blockers, which typically don’t address the problem. Sometimes the solution is to remove the gallbladder to see if symptoms change. Dr. Karlfeldt compares removing the gallbladder to removal of an appendage such as the leg when a person experiences pain in this region to determine if the leg is the cause of the pain; this way of dealing with the problem doesn’t address the root cause, only the symptom.

The gallbladder has a very specific function: to enable the digestion of all the fatty substances we eat. Without fatty substances, we cannot produce hormones, have proper functioning of the immune system, and we also have a challenge to detoxify harmful substances such as chemicals and metals we are exposed to on a daily basis, and from all metabolic activities occurring in the cell. 

The gallbladder is critical in aiding our bodies in detoxification. By making the choice to have the gallbladder removed, we are severely handicapping ourselves in this process. The result is falling behind in our ability to remove these chemicals that inevitably become stored in our bodies and cause or contribute to ongoing health issues. 

Photo by Wil Stewart on Unsplash. 

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