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Things you must know if you don’t have a gallbladder

Removal of the gallbladder is one of the most common surgeries performed in the USA and Australia today.  Gallstones are incredibly common and they occur in 10 to 15 percent of the population.  Women are more likely to experience gallbladder problems than men and this is partly due to the effects of the female hormone estrogen.

A gallbladder performs several important roles in your body:

  • Enables fat digestion
  • Enables absorption of fat soluble antioxidants and vitamins A, E, D and K
  • Assists the removal of cholesterol from your body
  • Assists the removal of toxins that have been broken down by the liver

Obviously you can survive without a gallbladder, but you are more prone to developing certain health problems.  In particular you are at greater risk of developing a fatty liver, experiencing indigestion and developing deficiencies of essential fatty acids and fat soluble nutrients

What happens when you don’t have a gallbladder?

Your liver continues to manufacture bile, but there is no longer a place to store it or concentrate it.  Therefore bile continually slowly trickles into the intestines.  If you eat a fatty meal, you will not be able to secrete a large enough amount of bile into your intestines, therefore the fat will be poorly digested.  This means many people experience diarrhea, bloating, nausea or indigestion.

Not digesting fat well means you will not be able to digest essential fatty acids, including omega 3 and omega 6 fats.  It also means you’ll have a hard time absorbing fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins D, E, A and K.  A lot of the antioxidants in vegetables are fat soluble: lycopene, lutein and carotenoids are all fat soluble.  If you don’t produce adequate bile, you will not be adequately absorbing these life saving compounds from foods.  If you take any of the above mentioned nutrients in supplement form, without sufficient bile you will sadly not absorb them well.

How to have a healthy liver and good digestion without a gallbladder

First of all it’s important to realise that you developed a gallbladder problem in the first place because you had an unhealthy liver.  If your liver is not healthy, it will make poor quality bile.  The bile will be prone to forming sludge and stones.  Just removing the gallbladder doesn’t solve that problem, and in fact sludge and stones can form within the liver, compromising its function.

Here are some vital tips to follow:

  • Keep your intake of dairy products and grains to a minimum or avoid them altogether.  Dairy products (milk, cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt) worsen all cases of gallbladder disease, liver disease and they are very difficult to digest.  Food intolerance is a common cause of gallbladder problems, and there is research that links gluten intolerance with gallstones.  A good reason to keep your intake of grains low is to reduce the risk of developing a fatty liver.  There is a great deal of helpful information in our book Save your Gallbladder, and what to do if you’ve already lost it.
  • Take a good quality liver tonic such as Livatone.  The herbs St Mary’s thistle, dandelion root and globe artichoke leaves all increase bile production and bile flow.  Taurine is an amino acid necessary for bile production.  This should help to make you feel more comfortable after a meal, and should reduce the risk of stones forming inside your liver.
  • Take an ox bile supplement.  This is the most important recommendation for people who have lost their gallbladder.  A lack of bile can produce symptoms such as bloating and indigestion after meals, light colored stools, diarrhea, fatigue after meals and nutrient deficiencies.  Taking a good quality ox bile supplement with each meal is wonderful for completely eliminating these symptoms in most individuals.
  • Eat some good fats and avoid the bad fats.  Your doctor may have recommended you follow a low fat diet after having your gallbladder removed.  This is not necessary and in fact it is harmful.  Your body desperately needs good fats and I recommend you include moderate quantities of extra virgin olive oil, avocados, coconut milk and oil, nuts and seeds in your diet.
  • You may need a vitamin D3 supplement.  People with compromised liver or digestive function are often vitamin D deficient.  Exposure of your skin to the sun’s UVB rays enables your body to manufacture vitamin D.  However, this process occurs in your liver and kidneys.  People with a sluggish liver often do not manufacture vitamin D adequately.  Therefore it’s a good idea to get a blood test and take a supplement.  5000 IU of vitamin D3 is a safe and effective dose for most people, but it’s best to be guided by your own doctor.
  • Include some bitter and sour foods in your diet.  They should help to improve your digestion and make it easier to tolerate good fats in your diet.  Suitable bitter and sour foods include lemons, limes, radicchio lettuce, chicory, endive and dandelion leaves.  These leaves are fairly easy to grow at home if you are lucky enough to have your own veggie patch.

 

 

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

78 comments

  1. Hi after reading through all these comments of which was helpful in the fact that I felt that I am not alone here are the symptons of which I am currently suffering every day with at present.
    I have pain mainly under and in my left side of my ribs and rib cage which can go into my back, I feel quite sick and drained an awful lot. I have constant diarehoa to which extent my medication does not seem to work to stop this.
    My stomach is constantly noisy and churning all the time feels like an errupting volcano.
    I would appreciate it if someone could recommend something to settle this as I would atleast like to feel better from this as I already have Mulitiple Sclerosis and IBS which is bad enough.
    Many thanks
    Sylvia Hams

    • Dear Sylvia,

      Have you had a scan of your internal organs to check where the pain is coming from?
      Have you had a feces test to check for parasites?
      Eliminating gluten, dairy products and sugar from your diet would probably help your digestion.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

    • Sylvia,

      Your symptoms sound like what I was dealing with when I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. Please go see your doctor.

      Best wishes!

      Jes

  2. I had my gallbladder removed beginning of Oct 2016. I haven’t felt right since. My Dr. spotted a polyp in my gallbladder and thank God non-cancerous. But,….still I have been suffering with my digestion ever since. I bloat real easy. I eat small and blow up. I cry cuz I am so uncomfortable. I can’t wear my regular Office Attire – I can only wear my yoga pants. My Dr didn’t say to come back if I had any problems. So, I can’t tell you how grateful I found you guys and your great advice. I am def. going to buy the Ox Bile and the Livatone. I want to live again, not just eat, but I really have been suffering. I have 3 years before I can retire from work, so I def. need to get through …lol!!! thank you, God Bless you!!!

    • julianne de Medici

      I had the same experience but I started taking a high quality digestive enzyme when I eat anything (not all enzymes are alike, however) and ox bile salt. That is the key. It takes some time for your body to adjust to the change, but give the two recommendations a shot. You might want to start out with a lower dose of ox bile and go from there. Usually they come in 125 and 500 mg- try 125 to start. I use 500 and sometimes take two at one time.

  3. “First of all it’s important to realise that you developed a gallbladder problem in the first place because you had an unhealthy liver.”

    I’m sorry, but the above quote is not entirely accurate and needs to be updated please.

    Scientists aren’t entirely sure why gallstones even develop, AT ALL. There are MANY known reasons one can develop gallstones and “Yes” – An unhealthy liver MAY be one of those reasons for a select-few; but it is definitely not the ONLY reason for developing gallbladder complications.

    • This is so true! I have just had my consultant appointment today post op gallbladder removal? He showed me a picture of my ‘very healthy non fatty liver’ and said that some people are just prone to making stones. However he did recommend a diet low in Saturated fats, which is common sense really.

    • Please DO NOT update this.. because, sadly, whether or not one likes to admit it, its very true. The liver and gallbladder work together and one can not be healthy if the other is not.

  4. My gallbladder was removed 3 weeks ago. my initial complaints was difficulty to swallow and heartburn. I still have this problem with swallowing and heartburn. my surgeon said I must still drink my acid reflux tablets for the next three months. will the swallowing problem and heartburn ever go away? must I avoid any foods?

    • Dear Natasha,

      Your swallowing concerns and heartburn may be reflux and we recommend you remove all gluten from your diet for 4-6 weeks and see if this symptom goes away.
      You should also eliminate dairy and processed foods to remedy these symptoms.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking:
      – Ox Bile: 1 – 2 capsules at the beginning of each meal to replace the bile that can no longer be delivered form your gallbladder to help essential fat absorption.
      – Livatone Plus: 2 capsules twice daily to improve liver function.
      – NAC: 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals.
      These supplements are all available at http://www.liverdoctor.com.
      For more information you can read Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What To Do If You’ve Already Lost It’.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

      • Jessah,

        Can these recommendation of supplements be taken by someone who has celiac disease? I had my gallbladder removed back in June 2016 and I just haven’t been the same. My doctor didn’t really recommend anything after the surgery and to be honest didn’t explain anything of what I should lookout for after. I am very thankful I found this article.

        • Dear Julie,

          Livatone Plus and Ox Bile are both gluten free, so you should have no issue taking these.
          I’m glad you’ve found the article useful.

          Kind Regards,
          Jessah Robinson
          Sales & Nutrition Consultant

  5. Hi, to all those of you who have had their gall bladder removed. Have you since ever suffered or do suffer with slight bowel leakage! Not sure if this problem has anything to do with have the bladder removed but would like to know if I am alone with this problem?

    • Jut came across this site. Had my gb removed nearly 14yrs ago. Since than I have ibs and now bowel incontinence. I felt like I had wet myself but when I check it is bowel leakage. A few yrs ago maybe 10yrs, I had a bowel prolapse and I had an operation to fix that, but now I’m left with nerve damage in my rectum, so I don’t realize when I’ve soiled myself. I take an antidepressant to relax my stomach when I am nervous or upset. I have always been hypothyroid since birth and that can cause digestive issues as well. But growing up I was never overweight like I am now, although that may just be an age/menopause thing, as I am now 60.

      • Dear Linda,

        Since you no longer have a gallbladder, it would be very beneficial to take an ox bile supplement. That should reduce IBS symptoms. Avoiding gluten, dairy products and sugar should also help to improve your bowel health and digestive comfort. Typically avoiding those foods also results in weight loss.
        We have a book that would help you: http://shop.liverdoctor.com/save-your-gallbladder.html
        Let us know how you get on.

        Kind Regards,
        Jessah Robinson
        Sales & Nutrition Consultant

    • No you are not – I get it after a dose of antibiotic – each and every time – . bloating and blocked nose ..i had my gallbladder removed 45 years ago…I’try to stimulate my digestive system – by eating for ex. pickled herrings .. it give me some relieve

  6. A person asked what you recommend for Vegans to take, and you replied the ox bile, but that is not Vegan. What, if any alternative would be second best, containing only vegetable based ingredients?

  7. Hello, My gallbladder was removed couple months back. I am now 7 weeks pregnant. What can I do to ensure my body is absorbing all the nutrients from the food and vitamins I take now? what would be the best course here? I am bit nervous to try herbs and supplements since don’t know what would be the effect on unborn child.

    Any help will be much appreciated.

  8. Had mine out in 1989. Dr said it was the smaller one he had ever taken out. OX BILE supplement is a must! Every time I forget mine for more than 2 days I have all kinds of problems.
    Thank you for this article. I now know where my Vitamin D deficiency comes from.
    Are there any medicines that metabolize in the gall bladder, therefore rendering them ineffective?

    • Dear VLB,

      The gallbladder is designed to store and concentrate the bile that is produced in the liver, it does not metabolise any substances at all.

      Bile contains metabolites of drugs and nutrients that have been produced in the liver.

      In your case, the bile and metabolites will be released directly into the digestive tract as it is produced and there will not be enough at any time to emulsify your dietary fats to enable them to be absorbed into your body, hence the need for ox-bile capsules.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  9. I had mine removed at 15 but since then ive had reaaaaally baaaaad heartburn

  10. I had mine removed many years ago, and yes I went through hell see my dr didn’t take the time to explain the good and bad about the surgery or how to take care of myself all and all I was in the dark,the other day I went to a new dr,she told me that I had thyroid, cholesterol, liver infection, she gave me vitamin D,thyroid medication, and said she couldn’t give me cholesterol meds yet so I took the thyroid pill twice, why only twice because the pain I felt was to much to bear don’t know why but when I see the Dr again I hope that she may be able to explain why?the discomfort,,for the last few years my body has gone from bad to worse, I can’t explain it but here’s one of many different feeling I experienced, I’m 60 now and the way my stomach feels some times its like having a baby moving around in side (had 5 children) so I know what that feels like, dizzy,confessed ,so get a second opinion .

  11. I had my gall bladder removed 3 years ago. I had severe swelling, weiht gain, loss of appetite, chillblains prior to the surgery. After the surgery, I have felt much better, less stress, less joint pain, but prone to severe constipation, cannot eat any oily foods.
    I have much more energy but immediately after the surgery, I went straight into menopause. I had regular periods right up until the surgery. What is the connection between gall bladder removal and early menopause and hormones? Happy to feel well, but was not ready for menopause.
    I can tell that I changed immediately.

    • Dear Amy,

      Dr Cabot says there may be a correlation between surgery and menopause in that the anaesthetic may have affected your ovaries and eggs.

      We recommend you wait 3 months before having both an FSH and AMH test to determine if you have truly entered your menopausal phase.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Femme Phase – 2 capsules twice daily to ease the discomfort of menopausal symptoms.

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. As you will see from the attached pamphlet this supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

    • when did you have that surgery down?

  12. Had gallbladder removed 3 years ago. Feel pretty good and swelling is gone. My sexual urge has completely died.Early menopause occured immediately afterward!
    Any one experience this? I feel I am too tyoung. Othetwise, fine!

    • How old are you? I went through perimenopause after having mine removed and also lost sex drive. I was approx 45 – same age that my mum went through menopause, so have never really thought about the fact that it was after gall bladder surgery before.

      • JayX, thank you for your reply.
        I was a young 50. I was not having any premenopausal symptoms
        and had regular periods and ovulated. I didn’t mind becoming menopausal naturally, but was not at all ready to give up a healthy sex life.
        I was told I am 50 by the doctor. And I get that. I just know there is a connection between being healthy one week and having absolutely no sex drive later.
        I feel like I just entered a new phase immediately after the surgery.Lost spunk, vim, vigor, and worse, ambition. Not depressed because even that is gone. I even do not anger easily…
        Kind of like after surgery, “hmmm” is my lackluster resonse.
        Even current elections ate like…”hmmmm, that”s interesting.”
        Not cynical. Still care, but without passion.
        All after gb surgery. Feel like the gb may be more important than we recognize.

        • Ditto all the above Amy, (I’m 51) just like reading everything that has happened to me. The Doctors should have explained the consequences of ripping out our gall bladders without our informed permission in most cases or try a diet alternative first in the hope of reversal and the fact we now need digestive enzymes to help us digest our food properly. I 150% believe I developed the auto immune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis as a direct result of that negligence. If I had not found an alternative practitioner who taught me about gut health and told me that i had to completely change my whole way of life particularly what to eat without your GB to stay healthy I would probably still be overweight, high blood pressure, sick most of the time with diarrhea and insomnia. Thanks to his care and teaching I am normal weight, no blood pressure, sleep well, eat a natural nourishing delicious healthy diet and have my energy back. Shame on our medical doctors for not disclosing all the facts about taking this Majorly Important Organ out of our bodies. Vent Done!

          • Hi Mel,

            Could you please share the lifestyle changes that you made. What’s your diet like? Im experiencing all the negative effects that you mentioned. Thanks!

  13. Had gallbladder removed 3 years ago. Feel pretty good and swelling is gone. My sexual urge gas completely died.Early menopause occufred immediately afterward!
    Any one experience this?

  14. Hi there,
    Had my gall bladder removed a week ago today. I often have a sore back either side of spine, and after eating. I feel bloated and gassy. I still have my plasters covering my wounds but have bandaged my whole stomach as I feel I need to support it all the time. My surgeon told me the day after surgery to eat normally…I was quite surprised.

    • Dear Gail,

      You need to start taking Livatone Plus caps 2 twice daily and Ox Bile in middle of meals.
      You should also take NAC 2 caps twice daily well away from food.
      These can all be purchased at http://www.liverdoctor.com.
      You need to eliminate or reduce refined grains, sugar and processed foods from your diet.
      Focus on eating good protein sources, good fats and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
      For more information you should read our book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do If You’ve Already Lost It’.
      Raw juicing is also excellent.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

      • Jessah – what would you recommend for a vegan to do after gall bladder removal please? Just the Livertone?

        • Dear Jay,

          I would recommend Livatone Plus 2 caps twice a day, and Ox Bile three times a day in middle of meals.
          You will need to eliminate or reduce sugar, dairy and processed foods.
          Focus on eating good protein sources, good fats and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
          For more information see our book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do If You’ve Already Lost It’.
          The supplements I mentioned and the book are available at http://www.liverdoctor.com.

          Kind Regards,
          Jessah

  15. I had my gallbladder removed a year ago. I have been getting upper back pain(bra line area) also pain under my breast area. Also just recently when I eat it feels like my food does not go down like I have something stuck in my throat. I don’t know if that is heartburn. I have never had it before.

    • Dear Mary,

      Your swallowing concerns may be reflux and we recommend you remove all gluten from your diet for 4-6 weeks and see if this symptom goes away.

      The pain you are experiencing may be due to liver enlargement, which is usually due to fatty liver and Dr Cabot recommends you obtain her book ‘Fatty Liver – You Can Reverse It’ and follow the eating plan to revitalise your liver for best possible health.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Ox Bile capsules – 1 – 2 capsules at the beginning of each meal to replace the bile that can no longer be delivered from your gallbladder to help essential fat absorption.

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. As you will see from the attached pamphlet this supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

    • Hi Mary Salazar, i have exactly the same problem that you are feeling BUT i have not yet removed the gallbladder my doctor says it is the one which is giving me those problems

  16. i did my gallbllader removel surgery last week .i dont hv any problem yet m taking normal food but after reading comments one thing that came on my mind is everyone except me hv to face problems while i dont hv then m I a normal person 🙁

    • Dear Jolly,

      Of course you’re normal, you may not have any problems or it may take years for problems to occur.
      To reduce the chances of any issues occurring, make sure to avoid or reduce refined foods, sugar, alcohol and processed foods.
      You will need to focus on a diet with plenty of protein, good fats and fresh fruits and vegetables.
      If problems do occur, I recommend you purchase Ox Bile and Livatone Plus off liver doctor.com.
      For more information read Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What To Do if You’ve Already Lost it’.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  17. My gall bladder has been removed for over three years now. Intense pain under right rib, no control over stools, gain weight even after running so much to toilet, always tired but cant sleep, if i dare to laugh pain increase under right rib, pharmacist explain to me today that it could happen that my body cant digest all the bail currently in my body, cant run or walk far before loose stool end up in my running shorts, embaressing and interfere with life expectancy. Was in good health for three years, winning 5 kilo marathons, now it seemed that gastro ruled my life, the weight gain terrifies me. Pharmacist put me on liver and gall bladder problems solution and salts of natura and had i have to switch to a high protein diet which i will start tomorrow, i do not like meat but if it is going to help to get rid of the weight gain, pain under right rib and continuous running to the demm toilet i will change my lifestyle. i thought i eat healthy – joghurt with fruits and nuts, love my coffee and flax oil in joghurt with peptan powder and omega 3 oils, apparently i was wrong. So, tomorrow i will start my day with oats, two eggs, eat meat more or less near raw, with patats and white rice, no more cheese, milk, berries or nuts or joguurt. no milk in coffee, and my glass of wine is a big no. How boring, but what can one do? i am in constant pain and washing my running c;othws is no fun, it is ugly.

    • Dear Tessa,

      When you no longer have a gallbladder it is not possible to absorb your dietary fats.

      To correct this Dr Cabot recommends you take 1 to 2 Ox Bile Capsules with each meal.

      The pain under your right rib cage is a classic symptom of an enlarged liver and will respond well to a change of diet and the best one is included in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Fatty Liver – You Can Reverse It’

      Dr Cabot also recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

      These supplements and book are available at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

  18. Got a question for any one who has their gallbladder removed. A friend told me they used to eat onions all the time, but since losing their gallbladder eating them, even in a soup causes problems. Has anyone ever heard of this.

    • Yes, I’ve had that issue with onions after the surgery. They cause increase in gas/bloated ness. It took almost a year after my gallbladder removal for multiple symptoms to arise.

  19. Hi Everyone

    I Had My Gallbladder Removed In September,7,2016 Because I Was Having Symptoms Like Vomiting, Nausea, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain After Eating And Now I Don’t Have My Gallbladder Anymore And I Still Have Symptoms Like Nausea And Diarrhea After Eating

    Thank You Erica

    • Dear Erica,

      You need to avoid sugar, processed foods and grains.
      Focus on eating foods high in protein, good fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
      Raw juicing is excellent also. See our book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      I recommend you take Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily and Ox Bile capsules with meals.
      For more info read our book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do if You’ve Already Lost it’.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

    • I had my gallbladder removed and also border libe creatinine can i take the can i take the ox bile capsule and livatone? Becuase nausea and abdominal pain and now i had this very disturbing pain in my back

  20. Hello all –

    I had my gallbladder removed a year and a half ago. I didn’t have stones, Dr. said it was just “Abnormal” and needed to be removed. I am living with regret at not pursuing other options besides surgery. Anyway, some days are better than others but most days I have diarrhea at some point, itchy skin, peeling on my fingertips and constant feeling of very low energy along with general, weird pains and discomfort throughout my abdomen. I currently take a daily liver rescue pill, a pro-biotic and a multi vitamin. Again some days are better than others but, it is quite demoralizing having this constant feeling of general malaise. Does anyone else have this problem?

    Positive thoughts of hope to all,

    Cheers,
    Chris

    • Dear Chris,

      You need to avoid sugar, grains and dairy products.
      There is plenty of info in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do if You’ve Already Lost it’.
      You should take Livatone Plus 2 caps daily, and Ox Bile in middle of meals.
      I’m not sure what’s in the liver pill you’re currently taking but our Livatone Plus contains St Mary’s Thistle, Turmeric, all the B vitamins, Selenium, Taurine and Folinic Acid.
      You should also start Raw Juicing.
      There are plenty of great recipes in our book ‘Raw Juicing Can Save Your Life’.
      Begin each day with 1/2 of a lemon in warm to hot water.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

    • When I was in my late twenties had my gallbladder removed had gallstones lots of them my weight went from 115lbs to 97 lbs it take me years to get back to 115 lbs im older now and having a problem with the weight loss no skin problems is anyone else having problems with weight loss ?

      • Hi, my name is Angie and I have Gall Stone The doctors are saying it’s better that I take out my Gallbladder out but I don’t know if it’s a good idea I don’t know what to do .. any advice and the information will help thank you

        • Dear Angie,

          Hello Angie,

          Gallstones tend to be formed in response to a diet that promotes them.

          Dr Cabot has written the definitive book giving you instruction on gallbladder health and you will then understand what you are best advised to change to dissolve your present gallstone and keep your gallbladder in a stone free state for the rest of your life.

          Dr Cabot also recommends you begin taking

          Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

          N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. As you will see from the attached pamphlet this supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

          Ox Bile capsules – 1 – 2 capsules at the beginning of each meal to replace the bile that can no longer be delivered from your gallbladder to help essential fat absorption.

          These supplements and book are available at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html.

          Kind Regards,
          Jessah

  21. My gallbladder was removed 3 weeks ago but I still have indigestion/constipation, frequent bowel movements, most of the time immediately after lunch and too tired/sleepy feeling. What should I do?

    • Dear Vicky,

      You need to avoid sugar dairy, gluten and processed foods.
      Focusing on increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as getting adequate protein and fat.
      You should take Livatone Plus 2 caps daily and NAC 2 twice daily in-between meals.
      You should also take Ox Bile one or two in middle of meals.
      You should also start raw juicing.
      There is plenty of useful information in our book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and what to do if you’ve already lost it’.
      Let me know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  22. So I had my gallbladder removed last summer and I had no clue about taking vitamins or not eating sertan foods my legs and arms will go numb for no reason now and every time I eat I have diarrhea I can’t gain weight I have constent shoulder and head pain and I’m always sleepy

    • Dear Bree,

      You need to avoid sugar dairy, gluten and processed foods.
      Focusing on increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as getting adequate protein and fat.
      You should take Livatone Plus 2 caps daily and NAC 2 twice daily in-between meals.
      You should also take Ox Bile one or two in middle of meals and Glutamine powder 1/2 teaspoon twice daily.
      You should also start raw juicing.
      There is plenty of useful information in our book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and what to do if you’ve already lost it’.
      Let me know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  23. I had my gall bladder removed a little over 2 yrs ago. This weekend I had set back which mimicked the gall Stone attack, just not quite as intense or painful, but extremely uncomfortable none the less. I got through it after 3 days and I’m not feeling the pain in my rib cage and back anymore. I drank Smooth move tea with peppermint last night and today I am having some diarrhea and my whole right side and lower intestines is in so much pain! In tHoughton it was gas but it had me curled up on my bed almost sweating and feeling sick. Pain is definitely a 9 right now. So I’m searching for answers and found this. Great info. But is it possible I’m pasing a stone? I don’t know what that feels like but it feels like something is stuck because the pain is not passing and I feel like throwing up!

  24. Hello. I have been told that I have sludge in my gallbladder and also have a fatty liver. The doctors want to take my gallbladder & I have surgery scheduled next week. A friend directed me to this article and now I’m having concerns that I might make the liver situation worse! I’m trying to make changes to improve my health as I’m a “classic” American junk eater, but the immediate question is whether to cancel surgery or not!

    • Dear Danny,

      Surgery is rarely necessary for gallbladder sludge. It is probably not required unless the walls of your gallbladder are inflamed or infected, or sludge is blocking a bile duct.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  25. I have recently had my gallbladder removed… one of the symptoms I am finding is a loss of apatite and nausia , is this normal?

    • Dear Lesley,

      Yes, these are common occurrences.
      They can be resolved if you follow the suggestions in the article ‘Things you must know if you don’t have a gallbladder’.
      This includes giving up sugar, grains and dairy.
      You should take Ox Bile in middle of meals, and Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily and NAC one twice daily.
      You should also begin your day with the juice of 1/2 lemon in warm to hot water.
      For further information refer to our book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and what to do if you’ve already lost it’.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  26. I have removed my Gallbladder five years ago I am getting Paine in my both shoulders specially night time . what I have to do ?

    • Dear Saleh,

      Pain in the shoulders responds well to:
      – Magnesium Ultrapotent Powder – 1/2 teaspoon twice daily in a little water
      0r
      – Magnesium Complete – 2 tablets twice daily
      – Curcumin Advanced Formula – 1 capsule daily, with food
      – Fish oil – 1 capsule 3 times daily

      Kind Regards,

      Jessah

  27. This article brought me so much hope.
    I had my Gallbladder removed in 2013 and have had every symptom mentioned reoccurring diarrhea, bloating, indigestion, low energy, and I am always sleepy. This has become daily life for me & I have just learned to push through. Recently I started experiencing headaches, I feel light headed, I’m forgetful, can’t concentrate and my fingers and toes go numb constantly & I’ve gained 30lbs. After a visit to my Physician, I left feeling like I might be losing my mind as my doctor feels it can be 1 of 2 things, Anxiety or a vitamin deficiency. The thought of possibly dealing with Anxiety on top of everything else scares me but after the information I’ve gathered, I’m calm & certain this is a vitamin deficiency that stems from the gall bladder removal. I have lab work schedule that will hopefully confirm this so I can begin treating the causes and be done with these symptoms. Thank You.

    • Hi there

      Please let me know if you get an answer! I had my gallbladder removed September 2012 and currently experiencing symptoms very similar to yours. Finger numbness is very weird! Am struggling with a baby and young boy to look after and desperately trying to find a way to cope.

      Thanks in advance!

    • Have a simple blood test done by a functional med doctor to determine whether you have food sensitivities. i am imagining you may be sensitive to Gluten and possibily other foods that, when completely eliminated from your diet for 6 months or more, will make a huge difference in the way you are feeling.

  28. I don’t have a gallbladder, and have high triglycerides. Will omega 3 supplements no be absorbed at all if I take them?

    • Hi Ana,

      Without a gallbladder, absorption of essential fatty acids will be impaired.
      Digestion of fats can be improved by taking a good liver tonic such as Livatone Plus and supplementing with Ox Bile.
      High triglycerides are often associated with Syndrome X, elevated insulin and fatty liver.
      Following a low carbohydrate diet – avoiding sugar, flour products, processed and fried foods and increasing vegetables and fibre can help reduce triglycerides.
      Don’t forget to include adequate protein and healthy fats in your diet.
      There is a great deal of helpful information in Dr Cabot’s books’Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do if You’ve Already Lost It’ and ‘Cholesterol: The Real Truth’.

      Kind Regards,

      Jessah

  29. Do you take Ox Bile and Digestive Enzymes?

  30. What is the treatment if you still have stomach pain nearly 10 months after gallbladder removal? My doctor says somebodies ”miss’ the function of a gallbladder. He mentioned a sachet of something, any ideas?

    • Hi Lorraine,

      You need to have hot water and the juice of ½ a lemon first thing each morning.

      Also, 1 to 2 capsules of Ox bile with each meal and Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily.

      It could have been IBS, so I would also recommend 1 tsp of Glutamine powder in water twice daily.

      Kind Regards,

      Jessah

  31. What are the essential supplements that are needed once the gallbladder is removed. Is it ox-bile, livatone, liver detox,glutathione, digestive enzymes. The list goes on and on. Which one would you recommend?

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