"Gallbladder problems can cause acute discomfort that can make it hard to enjoy everyday life. Nutrition Response Testing allows me to determine the fundamental cause of your discomfort, then generate a customized plan to energize your body's own detoxification system to restore normalcy."*
-Juliana Mazzeo, MS, CDN, Director
Nutrition Wellness Center of Nassau County
What is Gallbladder Disease?
Any issue that affects your gallbladder is generally considered gallbladder disease. The gallbladder is a relatively small, pear-shaped sac that is located just beneath the liver in the upper right corner of your abdomen. The gallbladder houses cholesterol, fat, and a combination of fluids, including bile. Bile is the fluid that helps break down fat from food in your intestine. The gallbladder transports bile into the small intestine, which then allows nutrients and fat-soluble vitamins to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Any dysfunction, hindrance, or obstruction of the gallbladder, or its function, can lead to gallbladder issues.
Common Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease
There are various gallbladder issues, or diseases, including gallstones, bile duct stones, gallbladder polyps, gallbladder inflammation, an abscess on the gallbladder, gallstone ileus, a condition where a gallstone travels into the intestine and blocks it, porcelain gallbladder, and gallbladder cancer. Though gallbladder issues differ, they share similar symptoms. These symptoms may come and go and tend to appear more commonly in individuals who have previously experienced a gallbladder problem. Some of the most common gallbladder symptoms include:
Common Causes of Gallbladder Disease
One common cause of gallbladder issues is gallstones. Gallstone pain is generally a result of a complete blockage of any of the ducts by gallstones. Gallstones are pieces of hard material that form in the gallbladder. Sludge or inflammation that accompanies inflammation or irritation in surrounding tissues, which causes pressure and insufficient blood supply to adjacent tissues or sporadic, can also cause gallbladder pain. There are two major types of gallbladder stones: pigment stones, which are small, dark stones that originate from bile, and cholesterol stones, the most common type of gallstones, which are yellowish, green stones. Your weight, genes, diet, and too much cholesterol in your bile all increase your risk of developing gallstones.
Gallstones can also occur as a result of your gallbladder not emptying properly. Certain illnesses, such as sickle cell anemia, diabetes, and cirrhosis may also increase your risk of developing gallstones. Cholesterol-lowering medications can also increase your risk of developing gallstones because it increases the amount of cholesterol in the bile, which may contribute to cholesterol gallstones.
Another common cause of gallbladder issues is inflammation. Gallbladder inflammation can be a result of several underlying problems, including gallstones, excessive alcohol use, tumors, or infection. Nearly 20% of the time, the gallbladder becomes inflamed as a result of an invasion of intestinal bacteria and becomes infected.
Cholesterol build-up in the bladder can also increase your risk of developing gallbladder issues. Cholesterol build-up can lead to polyps on the gallbladder, which can cause abdominal pain coming from the gallbladder. Polyps are small, tumors, which are generally harmless; however, the larger the polyp, it increases the risk of becoming cancerous.
Nutrition Response Testing analyzes the entire body, as well as specific organs, tissues, and functions to determine the fundamental cause of your issue. Using the advanced techniques of NRT, I can detect what is stressing your gallbladder, then develop a personalized plan to assist your body with the natural detoxification process to bring about relief.
As part of the nutrition protocol, I may incorporate whole food supplements, along with a customized dietary plan, to help cleanse your system and remove impurities that are affecting your gallbladder as well as surrounding tissues and organs.
This advanced form of therapy can help remove gallstones, contract your gallbladder back to its normal size, in the event of inflammation or excessive gallstone build-up, restore proper gallbladder function, and may even help shrink gallbladder growths before they become hazardous. Left untreated, gallbladder disease can lead to a list of dangerous conditions, including infection, or Septicemia, which can spread to other parts of the body and require surgery.
Likewise, Gallbladder cancer, left untreated, can spread to other areas of the body. Gallstones, left untreated, can cause a perforated gallbladder, a life-threatening condition that results in a tear in the gallbladder, which can lead to severe widespread abdominal infection. Inflammation can also set in, which can lead to abscesses, as well as a destruction of gallbladder tissue, which can lead to gangrene.
Your body knows what it needs in order to function properly. Pain, discomfort, and illnesses are often your body's way of alerting you that something is out of balance. Reflex testing, an integral part of Nutrition Response Testing, can help me read your body, then determine the nutrition and lifestyle changes needed to ease your gallbladder condition. If you suffer from gallbladder issues, let me help get to the root cause of your concern and bring about natural healing.
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