By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
If you have a gallbladder condition it’s so important to have regular bowel motions. Failing to do that can aggravate stones or inflammation of the gallbladder.
Constipated people usually have a sluggish liver. Bile is produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile is necessary in order to allow you to digest fat. That means you need adequate bile to digest essential fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins and fat soluble antioxidants. You make many of your hormones out of fat, so you want to be digesting it well to give you the building blocks to manufacture hormones.
Bile also deodorises your stool, gives it a brown colour and it has a mild laxative effect. If your liver doesn’t do a good job of producing bile, you could get constipated. If your gallbladder is congested with stones or doesn’t contract properly, you could get constipated. Constipation promotes small intestinal bacterial and fungal overgrowth, as well as dysbiosis (excess bad gut bugs). This can lead to intestinal inflammation, leaky gut and gut wastes then travel to the liver, compromising its health.
Constipation also worsens the common hormone imbalance in women known as oestrogen dominance and relative progesterone deficiency. Women are supposed to break down large quantities of oestrogen each day in their liver, and excrete it in bowel motions. Constipated women reabsorb much of that oestrogen and it ends up recirculating back to the liver. This can produce unpleasant symptoms such as PMS, menstrual cramps, heavy periods and tender breasts.
Some people can easily and quickly resolve their constipation just by drinking more water and following a healthy diet. Unfortunately for others the solution is not so simple.