Gall Bladder – A Key Player in Digestive Health

Your gall bladder is a reservoir for bile; a highly alkaline that controls the acidity of the stomach contents as it arrives in the duodenum.

When food enters the small intestine, a hormone called cholecystokinin is released, signaling the gallbladder to contract and secrete bile into the small intestine through the common bile duct.

The bile helps the digestive process by breaking up fats. It also drains waste products from the liver into the duodenum, a part of the small intestine.

An excess of cholesterol, bilirubin, or bile salts can cause gallstones to form. Gallstones are generally small, hard deposits inside the gallbladder that are formed when stored bile crystallises. A person with gallstones will rarely feel any symptoms until the gallstones reach a certain size, or if the gallstone obstructs the bile ducts. Surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is the most common way to treat gallstones.

Poor eating habits and foods high in sugars and fats can contribute to gallbladder disease and gallstones. A diet with less fat and more fiber can prevent gallstones and improve your health.

Fried and fatty foods are more difficult to break down and can cause pain. Increasing nutrient-rich foods in your diet, such as vegetables and fruits, can improve gallbladder function and prevent complications.

Liver Fatigue can lead to symptoms of poor circulation, digestive problems, headaches, skin related allergies and hormonal imbalances.

Bile that is stored in the gall bladder is necessary for absorption of fat soluble materials and supports the removal of toxins.

Detoxification of the liver is complex though there are some key elements that can easily be incorporated into your daily diet.

Eat your greens – Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli. Dark leafy vegetables are bursting with chlorophyll which can neutralise toxins.

Turmeric can help fight infections, reduce inflammation and aid digestion. It stimulates bile production and excretion via the gall bladder, improving the body’s ability to digest fats.

This radish based juice is powerful. Radish stimulates bile production. Mixed with the protein from the sprouts this alkalising juice has a nice kick to it.

1/2 cup of red radishes (6 small) trimmed, 1/2 cup of alfalfa or sunflower sprouts, 1 red apple (cored), 1 cup of chard, 1 cucumber.
If you do not have a juicer, you can hand blend this and then push through a sieve.

Alfalfa Srouts

Sunflower Sprouts

Juicer

Gall Bladder Health

Liver Fatigue

Boost Your Mood

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Sweet Potato Fritter

Recipes for you

Recipe and images sourced from https://thehappypear.ie

Sweet potato fritters
Sweet Potato Fritter from https://thehappypear.ie/

Ingredients

  • 1 kilo baked sweet potatoes
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tin chickpeas rinsed and drained- 280g net weight
  • Few leaves of chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3tsp tamari
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • generous pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 red chilli chopped finely
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 150g peas
  • 3 tbsp sieved gram flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 50ml water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil

Method

  • Mash together your sweet potatoes, red onion, garlic, coriander, chickpeas, 1 tsp salt, tamari, ground cumin, smoked paprika, generous pinch of black pepper, red chilli and lemon juice until it comes together
  • Add in your peas and mix through
  • Flatten out your mixture and cut into whatever shapes you like
  • Mix together the gram flour, generous pinch of salt, pinch of black pepper and water
  • With your pan on a high heat, add the oil
  • Coat each fritter in your gram flour mixture and fry until golden
  • Leave to cool and then serve with hummus or whatever you’d like!

Kale and Cabbage Slaw With Mustard Vinaigrette

Recipes for you

Recipe and images sourced from https://www.thespruceeats.com

Kale and Cabbage slaw with mustard vinaigrette
Recipe and image sourced from https://www.thespruceeats.com/

Ingredients

  • For the Salad:
  • 4 to 6 medium leaves kale (lacinato)
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage (green)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (pecans, or slivered or sliced almonds)
  • Salt to taste (kosher)
  • Pepper to taste (freshly ground)
  • For the Dijon Mustard Dressing:
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (grainy, or more, to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (good quality extra virgin)

Method

  1. Toast the nuts, if desired. Arrange the nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake whole, chopped, or slivered nuts in a preheated 350 F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, checking and turning them frequently. Sliced almonds will take about half the time. Watch closely.
  2. Cut the middle rib out of each lacinato kale leaf. Roll the leaves up into a tight roll and slice them chiffonade-style into thin strips. Put the strips of kale in a large bowl. You should have about 2 to 3 cups.
  3. Cut the core out of the cabbage half and shred or chop the cabbage. Transfer the cabbage to the bowl with the kale.
  4. Toss the chopped nuts with the kale and cabbage.

Prepare the Dressing

  1. In a canning jar or bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, minced garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. Whisk or shake well. Add a dash of salt and some freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  2. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the Dijon mustard vinaigrette over the salad. Toss the salad. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  3. Serve with the extra dressing on the side.