By Megan Johnson McCullough
Special to Village News 

Healthy Habits for Bonsall & Fallbrook Folks: Gallbladder: The nonessential organ

 

Last updated 4/24/2020 at 11:03pm

When pain in a person's side persists, there might be a problem with their gallbladder and a doctor should be consulted.

Found just under the liver, the gallbladder sits as a pouch and a storage unit for the liver's bile. This pear-sized balloon is inflated before meals when it is filled with bile.

After eating, the balloon looks flat and deflated. Bile is used to help digests fats. When food is detected, the gallbladder releases bile into the small intestine. But wait...don't some people have their gallbladders removed?

Yes, because even though the gallbladder plays a role in digestion, it is not an essential organ. Once removed, the body seems to still perform its tasks. There are a number of a reasons some...



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