Excerpts from: Taking the Fear Out of Eating Fats
Is your gallbladder ready for fat? If you’re an American, chances are you’ve experienced problems with your gall bladder at one time or another. Typical gallbladder symptoms include: gas (especially burping after meals), a full or heavy feeling after meals, bloating, "acid reflux" (after meals and at night when lying down), pain in right side radiating into right shoulder blade, loose or light colored stools that float.
Two things that the gallbladder doesn’t like are bad fats and no fats. Bad fats, like processed vegetable oils, are difficult to digest and put a lot of stress on the gallbladder.
The gallbladder is a little sac that sits along side your liver. The liver produces bile, a substance made from cholesterol that emulsifies (breaks down) fat and makes it easier to digest. The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, then secretes it into the small intestines when fats are present. If you don’t eat fat, the gallbladder won’t get any exercise and can begin to atrophy (waste away) and not function like it should.
If you’ve eaten mostly bad fats in your life or have spent many years on a low-fat diet, chances are your gallbladder will need a little work before you will be able to completely digest generous amounts of good fats in your diet.
Liver and gallbladder cleanses are not recommended because they dump too many toxins into the system which to too overwhelming for unhealthy people to handle. Instead, do coffee enemas, dry skin brushing, and apply the more gradual ways of detoxifying your body, which are mainly diet and supplements that supply all of the “proper nutrients” the body needs to detoxify and heal itself naturally – see How to Detoxify Effectively.
Unrefined coconut oil is very easy on the gall bladder because it contains a lot of short– and medium–chain fatty acids that do not require pancreatic enzymes nor bile salts for digestion like other kinds of fats. If you are just beginning to add fats to your diet after many years of low-fat foods, your best choice is to start is unrefined coconut oil.
Because coconut oil is so healthy it will increase detoxifying and healing reactions and symptoms so it is important to start with 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day and gradually increase it, in order to minimize such reactions.