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Prolonged Fasting and Gallbladder Issues: What You Need to Know

Prolonged fasting can sometimes lead to gallbladder problems, especially if you have a pre-existing issue. Here's why:

  • Sludgy Bile: When you fast, bile can become thicker and more concentrated. This "sludge" can block bile flow, leading to discomfort.

  • Symptoms to Watch For:

    • Right shoulder pain or tightness

    • Pain, tightness, or fullness in the upper right abdomen

    • Right-sided headaches or jaw pain

    • Nausea

    • Unexpectedly high cholesterol

Why Does This Happen? Bile is essential for cholesterol balance. During a fast, bile production can change, and if you're already prone to bile issues, the risk of sludge formation increases.

Possible Causes of Bile Deficiency:

  • Liver problems

  • Statin medications

  • Low-fat or low-cholesterol diets

  • High insulin, estrogen, or cortisol levels

  • Gastric bypass surgery

  • Lack of friendly gut bacteria

  • Parenteral nutrition

Solutions: TUDCA and Beyond

  • TUDCA: This bile salt can thin bile, offering potential relief. Start with two capsules on an empty stomach. In severe cases, you might try two capsules twice daily. (Recommend contacting the company you purchase TUDCA from for dosage suggestions)

  • Bile Support: Consider a supplement like my Gallbladder Formula. Taking bile salts with meals can provide additional benefits.

Important Note: If you experience these symptoms during a prolonged fast, it's best to consult your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Last updated: Mar 20, 2024 20:12 PM