Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the symptoms of gallbladder sludge?

Gallbladder sludge is a collection of bile in the gallbladder that is unable to be released. This is because the bile stays in the gallbladder for too long. Gallbladder sludge can eventually cause stone formation in the bile ducts that go into your intestines.


  • Stomach pain

  • Nausea

  • Right shoulder pain

  • Pain in the right scapula

  • Pain under right rib cage

  • Pain in the mid back more on the right side

  • Headache more on the right side

  • Jaw pain more on the right side

  • Burping

  • Bloating

Cause #1: Low-fat diet

Bile is released from your body when you consume saturated fats. If you consume low amounts of fats in your diet, your gallbladder can become congested with too much bile that is not being released. Consuming higher amounts of fats in addition to keeping the refined carbs and sugar low should resolve the bile sludge.


  • Drink water with lemon

  • Consume apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water)

  • Consume more saturated fats

  • Consume probiotics

  • Consume fermented vegetables

  • Consume kombucha tea

  • Avoid refined carbs and sugar

  • Avoid snacking

  • Do the Healthy Keto® diet

  • Do an intermittent fasting plan

Other causes:

  • History of consuming antibiotics

Last updated: Jun 14, 2023 14:21 PM