Life after gallbladder removal

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While removal provides relief from gallstones or other inflammatory related issues, it can lead to a variety of digestive problems.

By Mike Ventresca & Jennifer Kleinhans, BS, CHES® Contributing writer, Vital Choice Healthstore

Each year, more than 600,000 people have their gallbladders removed. While removal provides relief from gallstones or other inflammatory related issues, it can lead to a variety of digestive problems. In fact, more than half of those who have the surgery report trouble digesting fats.

While technically not necessary, the gallbladder plays a vital role in the breakdown of fats by storing and secreting bile produced by the liver. Imagine placing a drop of oil in a glass of water. The oil just sits there, right? But, if you add a little dish soap, the oil will break down into smaller particles and mix into the water. This is how bile works. Once the gallbladder is removed, the body continues to produce bile, but it doesn’t have a good place to store it. This makes the process of breaking down fats more taxing on the body.

So, what can you do? In addition to seeking out nutritional advice from a dietitian or other dietary expert, taking supplements can also provide much needed support. Two of my favorite products are Lypo-Gold and Superzymes.

Lypo-Gold contains a concentrated amount of lipase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down fats. Studies show Lypo Gold can break down up to 22 grams of fat within 30 minutes. In other words, by taking one capsule just before a meal, Lypo Gold has enough enzyme power to break down the fat in a cup of cubed avocado or an average cheeseburger.

Another great product is Superzymes. Superzymes combines enzymes for breaking down fats, protein, and carbohydrates with bile acid and betaine HCl to further help break down fats. For more information, please stop into Vital Choice.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Health Store located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. Call 440-885-9505 or visit VChoice.com. Jennifer Kleinhans, BS, CHES® contributed to this article. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.