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Foods to Eat When You Don’t Have a Gallbladder (Part 1)

In My Boots
by Boots R. Gonzales

Some people find that they experience continued digestive symptoms even after their gallbladder has been removed, a condition known as postcholecystectomy syndrome.

If you have had your gallbladder out and are experiencing ongoing digestive symptoms you may be finding that it is particularly challenging to figure out what to eat. This is particularly the case if you find yourself experiencing diarrhea after eating.

Note: There are many medical reasons why you might be experiencing ongoing symptoms following your gallbladder surgery. It is essential that you speak with your doctor about your symptoms so as to obtain proper diagnosis and treatment.. Why Does Gallbladder Removal Affect Your Digestion? Before we get into what foods might be helpful, it would be advantageous for you to have a sense of what is going wrong. The job of your lost gallbladder was to store the bile that your liver makes. Even though you don’t have a gallbladder, your liver is still producing bile. Since it has no place to store it, the bile drips slowly into your small intestine. This causes two problems:

There is less bile to effectively break down the fats that you eat. This can result in some difficulty absorbing nutrients.

Bile acids can drip down into the large intestine where they increase fluid secretion, contributing to diarrhea.

Here are some suggestions, based on a little bit of research and a little bit of common sense, for foods to choose when you are struggling with post-gallbladder-removal digestive symptoms. The foods were chosen because they are easy to digest or because they bind with bile acids to reduce their effect in the large intestine.

In the initial few days following surgery, you will want to eat a bland diet, with foods that are easily digested. This will allow your body to focus on both the healing process and the changes in the way that bile is being processed by your body.

Applesauce, Bananas, Broth, Crackers, Eggs, Chicken or fish, steamed or, braised, Rice, Soup, Steamed Vegetables.

A study in Nutrition Research found that when vegetables are steamed as opposed to raw, they improve their ability to bind bile acid. Thus, it is theoretically possible that eating steamed vegetables will reduce the amount of bile acid making its way into the large intestine and contributing to diarrhea. The specific vegetables tested in the study were: