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Eating LCHF when you don't have a gall bladder

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Default Eating LCHF when you don't have a gall bladder

There are many new members here since I last posted about this two years ago, so I thought it would be good to bring it up again.

Many years ago I had my gall bladder removed. For about the first year after that I didn't do well with fats, but gradually that improved. Since I was still doing a (sort of) low-fat way of eating, it didn't cause me any problems (that I was aware of).

Hindsight tells me that I did have some problems but it was confused with intestinal problems from gluten. It was a puzzle to me because I continued to have occasional gastric "episodes" even when years had gone by without being exposed to gluten. Of course, I now know it was my inability to process fats.

It was on this forum that I learned about bile salts (Ox Bile) supplementation to supply the extra bile for meals that the body can no longer do without a gall bladder. With much experimentation, I was able to match fairly well how much supplement to take according to how much fat I was eating.

I now use the 125mg size Ox Bile, and will take 1-2 capsules about 30-40 mins after a meal* - this seems to take care of the problem. (This supplement also comes in a 500mg capsule which I used at first, and found that it was way too much (similar to a colon cleanse!). The 125mg size allows me to increase only a little bit when needed.)

* taking the bile salts 30-60 minutes after eating is better than taking it before the meal, so that the bile salts aren't leaving the stomach before the fats do. (Bile is secreted into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestines just beyond the stomach)

A note of interest - I saw a diagram in the doctor's office of the intestinal tract - and noticed that the duct from the gall bladder is right next to the duct from the pancreas. I never had given it much thought how insulin got into the bloodstream, but apparently its through the intestines into the bloodstream.

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