Lemon water for gall bladder and bloating
QUESTION: After unnecessary gall bladder removal 5 years ago, severe intermittent bloating became CONSTANT the past year, until last week when I tried warm, real live lemon water first thing in the a.m. (like my grandmother used to do every morning of her life).
The bloat magically, gratefully disappeared! BUT only for a few days! I have kept up the lemon water, but the bloat is back.
I felt like a new person for a short while; now I feel desperate again. I feel I have been everywhere and tried everything under the sun. Lemon water was my ray of sun; now the dark clouds are back.
ANSWER: I am sorry to hear of your health challenge and unnecessary gall bladder removal. As you probably know, it is common for digestive issues to persist after gallbladder surgery.
Part of the reason for this is because the gallbladder secretes a concentrated form of bile which assists in emulsifying and digesting fats in our diet.
When the gallbladder is removed, it is sometimes necessary to take supplements which will help improve digestion and specifically the digestion of fats.
The lemon water most likely gave you some temporary relief because lemon juice is similar to saliva, bile, hydrochloric acid and other digestive juices in the stomach.
The reason the lemon water benefits probably did not last is because it was not enough for lasting change. Thus, I would continue to drink lemon water daily. Squeeze one-half lemon in 8 to 12 ounces of water about 30 minutes before every meal if possible.
No matter what, I would continue to drink lemon water to help support and detoxify the liver since it is working harder without the gall bladder to help. You still have a bile system that is needed to digest fats and remove toxins from the liver. The lemon water will help with those functions.
If you increase the amount of lemon water and do not get enough relief, then you may need additional supplements.
Perhaps you have already tried some of these but the following products are ones that I would recommend to improve digestion of fats. Bile SaltsOrganic Beet Root (Oregon's Wild Harvest)NOW Foods Super Enzymes Betaine HClNote:
It is important to understand, however, if you don’t get results with a particular brand of supplement, you simply have to try another. Unfortunately, that is the way it is because every person’s body chemistry is different. There is no one-size fits-all solution to anything health related.
You might also want to check out the following site (all about gallbladders) which has good info and recommendations:Gas and Bloating Kit