What Is the Function of the Gallbladder?
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located under the liver that stores bile, a fluid that helps the body break down fat in food.
What Are Gallstones?
Gallstones (cholelithiasis) are small stones that form inside the gallbladder. They can range in size from tiny specks to as large as the entire gallbladder, up to 6 inches long. Most are smaller than 1-inch.
There are two types of gallstones:
What Is a Gallbladder Attack?
A gallbladder attack occurs when a gallstone blocks a bile duct, resulting in severe, stabbing pain in the belly that can last several hours. Medications may be tried first, but they can take months to years to dissolve the stones, and gallstones often return.
Symptoms of a gallbladder attack include:
What Are the Best Foods to Eat When Your Gallbladder Is Acting Up?
Diets high in fat and cholesterol may contribute to the development of gallstones.
The best foods to eat that may help minimize gallbladder pain include:
- Low fat foods
- Minimally processed foods
- Plant-based proteins (beans, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa)
- Vegetables and fruits
- Sprouted nuts and seeds
- Whole grains
- Lean meats and fish
Foods that may trigger gallbladder attacks include:
- Fatty foods
- Fried foods
- Dairy products
- Sugary foods
- Acidic foods
- Carbonated soft drinks