What kind of diet should I follow to avoid gall bladder attacks?

Gall bladder attacks can come quite suddenly or there may be warning signs that are often ignored or go unnoticed. A severe pain emanates just beneath the right side of the rib cage, radiating up to the back or right shoulder blade and there is likely to be pain in the abdomen. These are the main signs of a gall bladder attack, but there are other symptoms as well like vomiting, gas, nausea, bloating, burping and belching. These symptoms are generally more likely to occur after consuming a meal containing a significant amount of fat.

Gall bladder attacks could be caused due to gallstones, an infection in the gall bladder or an inability of the gall bladder to contract. Removal of the gall bladder through laparoscopic surgery is the most common and without a doubt the most effective form of treatment for any gall bladder attack. The other alternative is to avoid dietary fats, but this is not only ineffective but also counterproductive as some amount of fats and certain fats are necessary. According to some modern research a lack of fat in your diet can in fact also bring on gall bladder attacks.

Diet therefore has a lot to do with gall bladder attacks and this said it can also play a major part in the prevention and control of gall bladder attacks. Surgery is not always the best option as the gall bladder functions with the liver to ensure the removal of cholesterol, fats and harmful toxins and waste from your body. If you do go in for a gall bladder removal and continue with your diet, which was in the first place responsible for the problem, it can cause other serious health problems.

As mentioned earlier the complete avoidance of fats on a regular basis is not recommended, but it is necessary that you cut down on your intake of cholesterol and processed and saturated fats. Cholesterol is in fact the main culprit and the main sources of cholesterol in your diet would be meats and dairy products. Try to avoid all red meats and dairy foods like cream, butter and cheese in particular. Restrict your intake of milk and white meats as well. Avoid eating processed foods, oily foods or any junk food. Instead bulk your diet with fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, seeds and nuts. Such a diet will not just solve your gall bladder problems but also improve your overall health.

Do not avoid fats completely unless you are about to have an attack or are experiencing an attack. Fat free and low fat diets can also cause problems as a certain amount of fats are essential and it just depends on the type of fats. A balanced diet high in unsaturated fats may in fact reduce the risk of gallstones forming in men.

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