Going Keto Without Gallbladder

Ketosis is defined as a metabolic state in which the body burns fat when it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to work with. As a result of this process, the liver produces chemical compounds known as ketones to help with the digestion of fat. The body usually relies on the gallbladder for breaking down fats, as this is the organ that stores the bile produced by the liver. 

Needless to say, that’s a bit of a problem for people who had their gallbladder removed. However, the good news is that it’s possible to undergo a ketogenic diet without gallbladder.

In addition to breaking down fatty acids, the bile is also responsible for stabilizing blood sugar, keeping bacteria in check, and removing cholesterol and toxins from the liver. It’s important to note that the liver will continue to produce bile even in the absence of the gallbladder. 

In this situation, bile can no longer be stored in the body and eventually ends up in the intestines. Under normal circumstances, bile is released only when fats are consumed. If bile seeps into the intestines as soon as it is produced, there’s usually not enough to go around when the body actually needs it.

Basics of Ketogenic Diet without Gallbladder

As mentioned before, a ketogenic diet without gallbladder is possible and is, in fact, highly recommended for anyone missing the organ. This type of diet is comprised of mostly healthy fats (70%) along with a good amount of proteins (25%) and some carbohydrates (5%). 

This is just a rough estimate, however, and the exact quantities will depend on a number of factors, such as body size and lifestyle.

Following a diet like this will help your body produce ketones in just a matter of days. Achieving a full state of ketosis will take a bit longer but usually no more than two or three weeks. Some of the best foods you can consume to reach this metabolic state include the following:

  • Fats – Olive oil, coconut milk and coconut oil, beef, chicken liver, hemp powder, pastured butter, avocado, as well as many types of seeds and raw nuts.
  • Proteins – Organic raw dairy, organic poultry, wild game, and grass-fed beef.
  • Carbohydrates – Cabbage, limes, lemons, cauliflower, celery, spinach, collard greens, asparagus, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and so on.

Bile-Friendly Foods

Ginger and artichokes are excellent foods to consume as they help the body produce more bile. But since you don’t want an excessive amount of bile, it’s a good idea to add some apple cider vinegar to your diet as it helps thin the bile for easier distribution from the liver.

It’s always important to keep your liver healthy and that goes double in the absence of the gallbladder. To help with this, make sure to consume sour foods as often as possible because they help cleanse the liver. 

Cucumbers and celery are two other great foods for your liver as they contain plenty of vitamins and minerals. Not only that, but celery is also very efficient for detoxing the liver so be sure to consume it often if you’re on a ketogenic diet. 

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