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Issues Processing Large Amounts of Fat - Gallbladder???

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Since starting Paleo about 6 months ago my wife has had issues digesting all of the fat. This results in multiple unpleasant trips to the toliet.

I have been hopeful that she would eventually adjust but even after all of this time it continues to be an issue.

Both of her parents have had gallbladder issues and her father no longer has his.

Are there any adjustments we can make to help her along?

The fat that we eat is a mix of olive oil, coconut oil, lard, pasture butter, nuts, animal fats and eggs.

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:53 PM

Always eat good quality animal fats, or as AmandaLP mentioned, coconut fat consists mostly of medium chain fatty acids and doesn't require bile for digestion. I haven't had any issues personally since staying away from the rare vegetable oil bomb, but I'm also more cautious about my total fat intake at one meal now. Don't overdo it!

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on September 28, 2012
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+1. DePaw is on target here from what I've read (I have my own gb issues so I've read quite a bit on this topic). You definitely want to keep eating fats as this keeps the bile flowing and prevents bile stasis (which leads to stone formation). The main thing I would add from personal experience, though, is you have to watch the QUALITY of the fats you eat! I was actually awakened to my gb issue after eating out at a restaurant one night where I gave in and ate the margarine "spread" they had in place of real butter. Not good. I was up most of the night.

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Eat. Less. Fat.

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on September 28, 2012
at 02:37 PM

Increasing fat too quickly can lead to there not being enough bile to digest it. Increase fat slowly.

You can supplement ox bile to help you digest fats and also there are many thing you can do to increase bile secretion:

  • Eat plenty of cholesterol-rich foods, such as egg yolks, brains, liver, kidneys, lungs, and fish eggs; as bile is made from cholesterol
  • Try Swedish bitters, which increases bile
  • Drink hot water with lemon juice before meals
  • Drink broth with meals
  • Dandelion tea
  • Supplement vitamin B6 (raw milk is rich in B6); as it's needed to make bile
  • Supplement magnesium (citrate form absorbs well, oxide doesn't), or take magnesium baths; also needed to make bile, most people are very deficient due to the soils being depleted and it being removed from water

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:53 PM

Always eat good quality animal fats, or as AmandaLP mentioned, coconut fat consists mostly of medium chain fatty acids and doesn't require bile for digestion. I haven't had any issues personally since staying away from the rare vegetable oil bomb, but I'm also more cautious about my total fat intake at one meal now. Don't overdo it!

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

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on September 28, 2012
at 08:49 PM

+1. DePaw is on target here from what I've read (I have my own gb issues so I've read quite a bit on this topic). You definitely want to keep eating fats as this keeps the bile flowing and prevents bile stasis (which leads to stone formation). The main thing I would add from personal experience, though, is you have to watch the QUALITY of the fats you eat! I was actually awakened to my gb issue after eating out at a restaurant one night where I gave in and ate the margarine "spread" they had in place of real butter. Not good. I was up most of the night.

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on September 28, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Coconut oil is less likely to cause gallbladder issues, so you might want to use more of it and less of the others.

There are also enzymes and ox bile you can take to help facilitate fat digestions, you can look into those.

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on March 17, 2013
at 10:40 PM

You mention that her family has a history of gb issues. Do they also have a history of obesity and multiple weight loss diets? Has your wife had this pattern in her life? Each time you lose a large amount of weight, you have a likelihood of forming stones (esp if there is genetic precedent).

For me, paleo was the 3rd major weight loss in my life (and the one that stuck, hooray!). But it did top off my gb with stones, and severely limited my bile production. I struggled with fat digestion (and supplemented with ox bile). I started having severe gb attacks. After a year+ of trying everything natural, I had it out.

Now, my bile is flowing free and I am so happy! No more diarrhea, fatty stools, etc.

DePaw has a great list. Magnesium especially is supposed to prevent stones from forming. I've also heard vit C helps with this. Taking ox bile with meals is also a good solution for her, esp if eating a heavier fat meal.

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on March 17, 2013
at 07:39 PM

depaw tu for sharing that about the mag and gllbladder. i have prob w/oxalates in foods right now and it is pulling my mag levels down creating horrible symtoms unless i take powdered mag. i have wondered if gllbdr issues related to oxalates. i cant do broth w/meals but am going to try the hot water w/lemon. i take lypo gold enzymes and artichoke extract which have helped me up fat a lot- but still not enough to quit starchier veg such as froz. beans, peas which fill me up. jason those supplments might help ur wife. olive oil is one fat i can load up on without pain.

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