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No Gallbladder - Paleo diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

HI Had my gallbladder removed a year ago. Now just starting paleo diet as it seems to be MUCH healthier and more scientifically sound than other diets out there :)

Just a few questions for the experts.

To help with fat digestion I take Now Digestive enzymes which appears to work.

I just added some ox bile too (500mg caps) and took 2 with some salmon / salad / veg but it made me rush to the toilet within about 30 mins!

I think possibly my bile levels is OK without additional ox bile? EVEN though I dont have a gall bladder now?

Since gall bladder removal a year ago I get intermittent skin itching and burning which also apparently is a symptom of excess bile??? If I do now have excess bile shouldnt eating more fat help matters as it is giving the now dripping bile something to work on ?

Appreciate any advice

Jason

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on October 09, 2012
at 02:09 PM

I'd go along with this. I had my GB removed just over 10 years ago and have been following a primal diet (about 80/20) for about 18 months. I've never taken any supplements - it didn't occur to me - and I've never experienced any digestive issues other than sometimes I can happily have coconut oil in my coffee and other times it makes me heave (coconut milk is never a problem).

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on September 29, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Yes, but the bile produced by your body is still sufficient for digesting the food you eat, you just don't get that bolus after eating anymore. To me, it seems like adjusting your meals to smaller, more frequent meals would be better tolerated.

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on September 28, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Hi apparently the gallbladder holds on to bile then squeezes extra out with high fat meals. hence needing more (ox bile).

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on October 08, 2012
at 04:27 PM

hi. had my GB out a few years ago. I've been paleo for a while now. And I haven't noticed a need for any additional bile in my diet. Just saying, maybe you dont need it.

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on October 09, 2012
at 02:09 PM

I'd go along with this. I had my GB removed just over 10 years ago and have been following a primal diet (about 80/20) for about 18 months. I've never taken any supplements - it didn't occur to me - and I've never experienced any digestive issues other than sometimes I can happily have coconut oil in my coffee and other times it makes me heave (coconut milk is never a problem).

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on September 28, 2012
at 04:01 PM

Your body is making the same amount of bile it made before your gallbladder was removed, but now that that pouch is gone, it's constantly dripping into your intestinal tract (as opposed to constantly dripping in AND squeezing a bolus of bile in when you ate food). I can't imagine why a person would need to supplement their bile and would be interested to hear the reasoning people would have for it.

3234f50f155f16d13fd180a959efb770

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on September 29, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Yes, but the bile produced by your body is still sufficient for digesting the food you eat, you just don't get that bolus after eating anymore. To me, it seems like adjusting your meals to smaller, more frequent meals would be better tolerated.

B6785198c35206cca62e9b81af9df5b9

(40)

on September 28, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Hi apparently the gallbladder holds on to bile then squeezes extra out with high fat meals. hence needing more (ox bile).

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on October 22, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Lost my GB years ago - no digestive problems with LowCarbHighFat Paleo in 2 1/2 years...

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on September 28, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Try just one or half or just ease into it, I use a digestive aid with ox bile and it cleared me right out the first time, apparently this can be a normal reaction. If it continues to give you issues then stop. Good luck!

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