Dear Mark: High-Fat Diet, Gall Stones, and NAFLD

Gallbladder and Gallstones in lineFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions. Both concern the gallbladder. First, how does a high-fat ketogenic diet relate to the presence of gall stones? Can the former cause the latter? Or is the story a bit more complicated than that? Then, I discuss which fats are most amenable to the gall bladder-less. Also, where does non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, come in?

Let’s go:

So I’m currently in school for diagnostic medical sonography, and interestingly enough, while learning to scan gall bladders I found that I have a stone! It’s mobile, but currently looks like it is too big to migrate into the cystic duct (whew). I have been doing a ketogenic diet for a few years, and am curious if you have any knowledge of data on people on the diet and gallbladder pathologies?

Also I have a report do in a month or so, and am choosing to focus on the ‘leaky gut syndrome’ that I’ve heard you speak of, and was wondering if you have access to any data about that?

Ok, well thanks for everything man! love your work!

-Ben Yarbrough

Gallstones are a tricky one. We all know that gall stones and gall bladders have something to do with how much fat we eat.

Here’s how I currently understand diet’s relation to gall stones:

The primary role of the gall bladder is to collect bile from the liver, concentrate it into potent super-bile (my term), and release the concentrated bile to break up incoming dietary fat into smaller molecules that lipase can attack and digest. Dietary fat is the biggest driver of gallbladder emptying.

If the gall bladder isn’t regularly emptied, gall stones can form. Usually made of hardened cholesterol, gall stones are quite common and often produce no symptoms. Problems arise when normal gall bladder emptying flushes out a stone small enough to make it into but too large to pass through the bile duct and a blockage occurs. Gall stones can also directly damage the walls of the gall bladder, leading to cholecystis, or gallbladder inflammation.

A high-fat diet can exacerbate or even uncover gall stone issues by increasing gall bladder emptying. Remember: the more fat you eat, the more often you empty your gall bladder—and everything in it.

But the original cause of the gall stones isn’t the high-fat diet.

It’s not eating enough fat, believe it or not. That’s right: assuming there aren’t any gall stones present, eating more fat will keep your gall bladder clear of stones.

Risk factors for gallstone formation are as follows:

  • A high intake of high-glycemic carbohydrates.
  • High estrogen levels, which concentrate cholesterol deposition in the gall bladder. This is why women, especially pregnant women and/or those taking hormonal birth control, are more likely to have gall stones.
  • Obesity, which also increases cholesterol levels in the gall bladder.

One of the bigger risk factors for gallstone formation is weight loss, with a caveat: high-fat diets reduce and even prevent gallstone formation. In fact, when you compare people who lose weight on a low-fat diet to those who lose it on a high-fat diet, research shows that 45% of the low-fatters develop gallstones while none of the high-fatters develop them.

That’s right. Zero.

When you don’t eat enough fat, and the gall bladder isn’t emptied regularly, the bile gets more concentrated. Anything that’s in the bile, like cholesterol, also becomes more concentrated. If it hardens, you’ve got yourself a stone.

Although the common treatment for gall stones is to just remove the bladder, there are other ways that don’t involve removing an organ. You can use ultrasound to break the stones up into tiny, easy-to-pass pieces. That same study found that a drug called ursodeoxycholic acid, or UDCA, can dissolve gallstones already present in the gall bladder.

What I think is happening in your case? I’m not a doctor, but I’d say your ketogenic diet hasn’t caused the gallstones, but the increased fat intake may flush them out. Ask your doctor about UDCA. Once you’ve got the gallstones cleared out or dissolved, sticking with a high-fat intake should decrease your risk of developing any more.

As for leaky gut, I wrote a decent post that contains many references on leaky gut. You should find it a good place to start.

Where do coconut and mct oil fall in this category? Especially for someone without a gallbladder and NAFLD? Thanks!

For folks without gall bladders, coconut and MCT oil are probably better options than longer-chain fats. The shorter-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil and MCT oil don’t require as much bile to break apart, so the concentrated bile produced by the gall bladder isn’t necessary.

Remember, your liver still makes bile without a gall bladder. It’s just not the super-concentrated potent stuff a gall bladder spews out.

Honestly, it’s unclear how having a non-alcoholic fatty liver changes things. There’s some evidence that missing your gall bladder increases the risk of fatty liver, but that’s neither here nor there. You’ve already got NAFLD. What to do?

Well, short chain fats seem to be better for fatty liver than others. One study compared soybean oil (high PUFA omega-6) to coconut oil in rodents, finding that coconut oil was better for fatty liver than soybean oil. That’s good news.

You can also take some extra steps to improve liver health and bile activity.

Support your liver with choline from liver and egg yolks. Higher fat intakes require greater amounts of choline to allow the liver to process the fat.

Support glutathione production and recycling with whey isolate, NAC, fibrous green veggies, alpha lipoic acid, raw dairy, and any polyphenol-rich foods you can imagine (turmeric, chocolate, blueberries, etc).

Consider some taurine (or beef heart), which increases bile production.

Consider some ox bile products, which may replace some of the effects the gall bladder typically provides.

Consider bitters (or foods with bitter flavors), which have been used for centuries to improve digestion.

You may have to moderate your fat intake until you get everything sorted out. Use your symptoms as a guideline: if you feel nauseated, get loose stools, and have stomach issues after eating a high-fat meal, dial it back.

That’s it for today, everyone. Thanks for reading!

I’d love to hear about your experiences with gall stones or without a gall bladder. Extra points if you’ve dealt with NAFLD, too.


About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I did about a year and a half of a little to no carb diet that did not go well. Part of the bad results were my first experience with pain from gallstones. I found a home remedy of downing some diluted apple vinegar that took car of the pain, but after a while I had to take the apple vinegar every night before bed, otherwise the gallstone pain would wake me in the middle of the night. After I introduced carbs back into my diet, I’ve rarely had any problems with my gallbladder. Just one person’s experience.

    1. Strange how everybody reacts differently. Mine is the opposite experience (see my post below). I don’t feel my gallbladder unless wheat becomes a regular part of my diet for a few months.

  2. Darn, I have to support my glutathione production and recycling by eating dark chocolate, blueberries and turmeric. Why do you torture us with such things…

    1. lol, was thinking the same thing. Just another excuse to eat my some of my favorite foods. (Don’t actually love turmeric, but can’t get enough blueberries and dark chocolate. And actually just posted a picture on instagram of my am coffee blended with coconut oil, collagen and turmeric!)

  3. I’ve heard said that the 3 risk factors for gall stones are 40, fat, & female.
    In view of what Mark wrote, this makes so much sense: what other group is concentrating so hard on a low fat diet?

    1. I am 42, female but NOT fat 🙂 I am a size 8-10. I have just been diagnosed with gallstones. I have been following primal for over 4 yrs. Recently been diagnosed with IBS and now chronic reflux? This is how they found the gallstones. They are saying likely removal as I have multiple and some pretty large.

      1. Hi, nat, have you been checked for food intolerances? Your symptoms sound like that might be a good idea. Eating food that you have trouble digesting (e.g. lactose or gluten) are thought to be involved with gallstone formation.

    1. Bitter foods include arugula, chicory, collard greens, bitter melon (never tried this personally), unsweetened cocoa, coffee, citrus peel, nettles, dandelions, chard, endive, rocket. From an internet search, it looks like several of the cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower) are also considered to be bitter.
      When I prepare some foods that I consider to taste bitter, but I know are good for me, I add just a splash of cider vinegar, which seems to cut the bitterness some. I use a weak vinegar solution to wash my garden lettuce that has bolted too, which seems to reduce its bitterness.

  4. I was having some issues with my gallbladder, went though a lot of tests and no stones were detected. I started hydrating more and taking a curcumin supplement (working up to a full daily dose, as curcumin causes the gallbladder to contract, which is good … unless you have gallstones). So far after several months (knock on wood) have not had any “ouch my side I just want to crawl into bed and lie in the fetal position” kind of attacks.

  5. I just recently (9/23) had my gall bladder removed because of inflammation and it was “the most packed with stones” the surgeon had ever seen. This article is very interesting to me now. So far, I have been eating as before and haven’t had any problems. I’m also almost fully recovered and back to most of my normal activities, except going back to the gym. I’ll give it a little more time before doing that but I am working on body weight movements otherwise. I’m male, 47 and in fairly good shape. Still experimenting with food since the surgery but it’s not been an issue for me so far!

    1. If you don’t mind my asking, can you describe your diet before the surgery? Low, moderate or high fat or carbohydrates? And if you ate fats, what kind were they in general? In any case, best regards as you recover and may your health continue to improve.

      1. Andrea, I’ve been eating mostly paleo’ish (maybe 80%) for the last 5 years or so. I often fall off the bandwagon for a day or 2 and eat all sorts of crap food tho. While I’m still experimenting with what I can now tolerate, I know that I need to clean up my diet and take a closer look at what I’m eating.

    2. Hi Todd.
      Had mine removed in 93. In hindsight I probably created the problem by all kinds of extreme low-fat dieting for about 16 years and generally bad nutrition. Anyway the first year without your gall bladder can be tricky, until the system adapts. I had to avoid red wine especially because of the sulphate. Your body will definitely make its voice heard. Just listen to it and try with things gradually and in small amounts. Nowadays I eat and drink everything without a problem. (Paleo/LCHF)

  6. OK, very good article. As someone that has been battling my gall bladder for 30 years, this really explains and lot but also leaves me with questions. I was on birth control for about 6 years in the ’70’s. Then in the ’80’s or so a “new diet” emerged of very low to no fats. 🙁 Yes, lots tons of weight but that is when I began the gall bladder war. I’d eat something fatty have a flare up and husband would have to do Foot Reflexology to relieve the spasm. Over and over and over again through the years. Then about 2 yrs. ago I started have the juice of One Lemon, 1/2 tsp. Honey in warm water every morning before any food. I have Not had a Flare Up all this time. I do have one very large stone done by an imaging company. So ….. what is the lemon juice doing?

  7. Great read. 5 or 6 years ago I had a series of half a dozen or so gallbladder attacks over the course of a year. Most only lasted a couple minutes to a couple hours, but two of them were 23 and 30 hours of the most intense pain I’ve ever felt. I was hunched over in bed, or in the shower, thinking that death would be a welcome alternative. It was over a one year waiting list for the gallbladder surgery, and by the time they called me for an appointment, I already had it under control with a very low fat diet. I was basically living off chicken breasts, rice, and veggies. I was also taking a Burberis Vulgaris tincture, which is said to help the gallbladder. It could have been a placebo effect, I don’t know, but the gallbladder generally seemed to relax shortly after taking it, if I took it the moment I felt signs of an oncoming attack. I had already eliminated Margarine and canola oil from my diet, as I had read that they can be a contributor, and as I started bringing more animal fats back into my diet, I discovered this website. I’ve gone on and off a primal diet a number of times since then (my old line of work didn’t leave a lot of time for home cooking. Much easier to maintain since the career change), dropped about 30 pounds of body fat, and the only times I’ve felt my gallbladder since, were the times I was regularly eating wheat (I don’t know if it’s the inflammation wheat causes, or the weight gain, or what). But even then, they weren’t full-blown attacks. I’m back on a primal diet now (hopefully to stay!), with an excellent workout routine from Mark Laurens “You Are Your Own Gym”, and I’ve never felt better.

  8. If gallstones are still a manageable size, you can do a flush to clear them out. There is a book (The liver and gallbladder miracle cleanse) which gives the details of the cleanse. To make it more low carb friendly you can substitute malic acid powder in water, or gold coin grass tincture to soften and break down gallstones and omit grains from the cleanse guidelines. I have done this and seen my gallstones come out the other end. Though it is not useful once gallstones become too large, it is a good preventative tool for those of us who haven’t always eaten clean.

    1. I’ve followed this protocol a couple of times from the book, The Amazing Liver and Gall Bladder Flush by Andreas Moritz. One week on a vegetarian diet and malic acid. I started on a Monday and did the flush on a Sunday. On the last day you eat lightly, drink an olive oil and citrus drink before bed. In the am you tend to have several bowel movements. I passed whitish, calcified irregular shaped pieces along with pea green putty consistency pieces. The book recommends once a month or six weeks to continue this protocol until one no longer has excretions. The malic acid is to soften the stones and the epsom salt is suppose to dilate the bile duct so that the stones can pass. I used a straw for the epsom salt as that was some nasty stuff. I also encapsulated the malic acid for daily use.

      This was at least seven years ago. Since I’ve read many controversial articles essentially stating that it’s about the olive oil. Frankly, I’ve never seen calcified olive oil.

      Wondering if anyone has followed this protocol, your results, or other information to contribute to this particular protocol.

      1. Liver flushes absolutely work. I’m a big fan. Had gallbladder pain back in 2010, did the liver flush per Hulda Clark/Andreas Moritz with epsom salts and olive oil/grapefruit juice, and six years later, I still have my gallbladder and haven’t had another attack. I do them whenever I feel I’m metabolizing drugs and toxins more slowly than usual.

      2. Same here. I followed the Moritz Liver & Gallbladder cleanse. It works to flush out stones-painlessly. His book is thorough and explains the flush process in precise detail. YouTube videos are available too. Simple shopping list of inexpensive items too, nothing fancy. I had small green pea size stones issue out, I was stunned. Moritz states that the American diet regrettably guarantees stones in everybody, by the hundreds ( even in children are found to have them).
        Hope someone else is helped with this info!

  9. My wife started feeling some pain after she went primal, and the doctor found some gall stones and she said she should stay away from a high fat diet, even said she should avoid dark green veggies.
    I thought it was extremely simplistic of them and a way to not address the issue. Im glad you guys put some information out about it!

  10. After my pregnancy I had severe pain from gallstones. This was before I was primal. I had “quite a few” gallstones and as per the advice I went low fat as it stopped the pain. However, I was concerned that eating no fat was really not healthy (though I lost a stone of the baby weight) and after researching started eating some fats that I found I could tolerate, oily fish, avocados, olive oil, nuts. Eventually, I had a date for surgery, but my symptoms had gone and on the advice of my doctor, cancelled the operation.

    I went primal and can eat saturated fats,so I assume I am fine, that was 6 1/2 years ago.

  11. No experience with gallstones, but i have experience with NAFLD:

    2011: had an ultrasound, liver was diagnosed with mild non-alcoholic fatty liver, was unhealthy and overweight back then, read about low carb diet, tried it
    2012: still on low carb diet, picked up running and occasional body weights and sprinting, started to train for a full marathon
    2013: still on low carb diet and occasional body weights and sprinting, ran and finished the actual full marathon, 3 months later went for ultrasound again, still no noticeable change from previous mild fatty liver ultrasound
    2014: a friend got me into regular weights training with him, stopped running, only occasional sprinting, and started to take whey and creatine after i read about their health effects and possible anti-NAFLD properties (from
    2015: started taking combination of carnitine and choline supplementation after i read that they can be promising for reversing NAFLD (a lead from reading; mid-year went for ultrasound again, fatty liver declared to be GONE

    Hope this helps those with NAFLD 🙂

    1. Extra Notes: i’m male, 175cm (5ft10in)

      Between 2011 and 2012: 78kg, lost 15kg to become 63kg (139 lbs)
      Between 2012 and 2013: Gained 2kg
      Between 2014 and 2015: Gained 10kg
      Despite my final weight being similar to my initial weight, my body composition was very much different due to the weight training

  12. I have currently been diagnosed with multiple gallstones, some at 1.5cms. I already eat a high fat diet? I have done for over 4 yrs, as paleo/primal. Only rarely eat organic sourdough ancient grain bread, monthly meals out which i eat what I like and rice on occasion, but otherwise always heaps of coconut products, including oil and yogurt, lots of bacon with the fat on. Yet was diagnosed with IBS and now have constant reflux which led to the multiple gallstones been seen by US.

  13. Thank you for this. I started having gall bladder attacks the very first month I did the Whole 30. I continued to have them as I changed my diet over to a paleo protocol. Six months in, I was diagnosed as having gallstones. I refused to have surgery–but I also stopped eating paleo, afraid of having attacks. (They would last 3 days on average.) Another one came, inevitably, but this time there were two stuck in the duct between the pancreas and the gal bladder and the pancreas was secreting so many enzymes to cope with the intruders it was essentially digesting itself. So, the gall bladder was taken out. That was a year ago. It’s been a long year. (A snack which includes lots of hummus can be problematic, if you know what I mean.) Thanks for the info about coconut oil. I use it occasionally, but I think I’ll start using it more often.

  14. I’ve been HFLCMP for about 6 years now (lost 45lbs, gained back over half trying to move off plateau with whey shakes – turns out I’m very susceptible to the insulin-raising nature of whey – who knew?), after years of lowered fat, “healthy whole grains”, root veggies, and canola (SUCH a good girl!!!). Not to mention years of high dose Ortho-Novum…

    Turns out I have 2 large stones, ~1.5 and 2.5cm. They don’t give me any trouble – save the occasional twinge – but I would like to get rid of them without losing any bits and pieces.

    I would be willing to try UDCA, but the docs say there there, we can just snip it out, no problems (???!), UDCA requires SO much time, and has a 50% failure rate (and, conversely,a 50% success rate!) Gallbladder lithotripsy sounds like a good 1st step, and maybe a sufficient one, if it really produces fine sand. At least as long as the ultrasound doesn’t detrimentally impact the kidneys and other abdominal organs…

    I’m also 67, female, and fatter than I should be.

    So – my question is: does anybody know who does this? It seems to have fallen from favour ( at least for stones still in the gallbladder), and Mr. Google pointed me only to a paper by 2 Chinese docs who have developed a shatter-and-vacum system for the extraction of stones stuck in the ducts.

    All help appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Hi Leaf Eating Carnivore, i think my partner’s experience (Primal diet as of 5 years ago) will be of great interest and very relevant to you. I found a very knowledgeable and helpful Dr who was very prompt in replying to my concerns. Here’s my contact to her followed by her reply. Her website is

      April 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      I would greatly appreciate a prompt response…my partner, who was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago after an attack that affected the vision in her left eye. Her MS is managed through diet and this has worked brilliantly. We focus on avoiding/repairing leaky gut, promoting great digestion and a very healthful diet. However, recently she has had a gallstone attack, which resulted in jaundice, hepatitis and an overnight stay in hospital (all cleared up now). An ultrasound scan has shown that my partner has a large (27mm) and a number of small gallstones. Having researched gallstones, it seems a most likely cause of the stones has been my partner being on the contraceptive pill for many years.

      The hospital has stated that gallbladder removal is the only way to address her gallstones. I am worried of the effects this will have on her digestion long term and the management of her MS, through an anti-inflammatory diet (packed with key nutrients) and lifestyle. I am struggling to find information for us to to decide the best route forward. Is it possible to remove the cause (i.e. stop taking the Pill) and dissolve such a large stone with medication or ox bile? Is this approach too risky? And is gallbladder removal is the best course of action, is it possible to ensure that the effects upon digestion and inflammation of the intestines (due to dripping bile) be corrected through supplementation, etc? I would very much appreciate any help and advice you can offer.
      Thanks in anticipation

      Here is her reply.

      “DrSarahBrewer Post author
      April 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Hi JB, I have information on diet and gallstones HERE which you may already have seen, and there is a link to the Multiple Sclerosis Diet HERE. In an ideal world it would be possible to remove the stone and retain the gallbladder, but in practice this rarely works well. Stones usually reform because the gallbladder doesn’t contract properly which can occur for a variety of reasons that are not properly understood. Surgery to remove a stone but retain the gallbladder would cause additional swelling and scarring, and the essential oils used to dissolve a stone can irritate the gallbladder lining and lead to inflammation and further stiffening. The end result is that bile is once again retained and concentrated so that salts and cholesterol precipitate out. When the gallbladder is removed, bile trickles into the gut regularly rather than being squirted in when needed. For most people this causes no problems, although a few people do experience diarrhoea (postcholecystectomy syndrome). In fact, because a large stone is present, gallbladder emptying is most likely already dysfunctional and the bowel has already adapted to bile trickling down as-and-when it is produced. Perhaps you can discover how others with MS have fared after gallbladder surgery via the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis forum at I hope that helps. As I write this I’m looking at my own gallstone in a glass container – it was the size of a quail’s egg and I’m very glad it is now sitting on my shelf! Best wishes, Sarah B”

      I hope this helps.The issues seem very relevant to you. There are ways and means of supporting your digestion to ensure that it is likely improved after you remove your poorly functioning gallbladder. There are significant risks of keeping it in the state it is in.
      Best regards

  15. I know this is an old thread but wanted to comment. I now eat a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet – not quite ketogenic, but no grains and minimal potatoes. I was terrified to do this because I have fatty liver, celiac disease, IBS, and gallbladder sludge/inflammation. When my cholesterol hit 290 and my blood sugar went from pre diabetes to diabetic, I knew I had to do something drastic, so I research diets that reverse diabetes. Since going high fat low carb, my cholesterol fell 100 points in 3 months, and my blood sugar is approaching normal. I have not had as many gallbladder flairs, and I was afraid it would get worse. I find that carbs and sugar make my gallbladder and gastro issues much worse. Oh, and the diet has completely reversed my hypertension. I went from having a blood pressure that would spike at 180/100 to a regular blood pressure of 110/80. I would never have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself. With regard to gallbladder pain – I am lucky not to have stones, but have had inflammation and sludge. When and if I have twinges, I do two things. First, I start using a high quality milk thistle. There is some thought that gallbladder problems originate in the liver, and milk thistle protects the liver. I would take it every day, but it gives me a mild headache. The second thing I do is a juice that consists of one apple, one celery stalk, one carrot, one baby beet, and one small piece of ginger. This normally would have too much sugar from the beet and the apple, but it is a remarkable tonic for liver discomfort and/or gallbladder pain. Twice usually does the trick – its a miracle juice. Has to be fresh though, and truly juice, not blended, because that contains too much fiber. Anyway this is what has worked for my gallbladder and liver issues, and the high fat/low carb diet has not made it worse at all.

  16. Hi Mark,
    I too am an ultrasound technologist for the past 22 years. I routinely look at my GB for demonstration purposes so I know exactly where and what it looks like. I have been following a ketogenic diet for the past 2 months with IF and today I scanned my GB and to my surprise saw a very large GB and my CBD was also enlarged. I am very confused since I scanned myself about 2-3 hrs after lunch which consisted of 1/2 avocado, olive oil, pumpkin , chia seeds and 2-3 TBS of cashews along with leafy greens and chicken breast. GB is suppose to be contracted post prandial and well mine is doing the opposite. Have you heard of anyone reporting this ? No sign of any GB stones or sludge…
    thanks for any guidance .

    1. I have been eating low-carb, moderate protein, high fat (lots of butter, cacao, coconut, MCT oil, avocados, etc.) for some time. For some reason my AST and ALT are elevated, maybe related to a diagnosed hyperthyroid condition of unknown cause.

      Thinking it is a sign of liver problems, the doctor ordered an abdominal ultrasound which came up clean except that I have an “enlarged gallbladder with no gallstones present”. The NAFLD I was diagnosed with years ago, when I was eating lots of processed high-carb crap, is gone.

      Like most doctors, this one doesn’t know much about nutrition and since most people eat high-carb low-fat, I don’t trust he will have much insight about why an enlarged gallbladder would happen.

      It seems plausible that the gallbladder could be enlarged in people eating keto and high fat diets as they need to have more bile to digest the fat. So having a larger buffer for storing bile to release a lot of bile quickly would make biological sense.

      Perhaps an enlarged gallbladder with no stones is a sign of healthy adaptation to ketogenic and high-fat diets?

      If so, it seems likely conventional doctors would be clueless about this since most people eat SAD and give themselves high-carb diseases like NAFLD and type 2 diabetes and would be more likely to get gallstones due to stagnating bile in the gallbladder.

  17. For those looking for a natural way to flush Gallstones…. I have absolutely no idea if this works but I am about to give it a go this week and will report back!

    My Dad had his Gallbladder removed about 10 yrs ago and has had problems ever since with eating anything with fat in it. Not surprisingly as I am getting small twinges from my upper right abdomen just under my rib cage I am guessing I am following in his footsteps, so looking for any option that doesn’t involve removing my Gallbladder.

  18. I have been on a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet.
    After months on this, I had blood work done. My high cholesterol has come down, but my liver enzymes way too high.waiting for ultrasound of liver.
    I am not overweight, do not drink alcohol. Now I don’t know what to eat.

  19. HI!
    I’m a blood type A. It’s advised that a vegetarian diet is followed and VERY little animal protein and low to NO fat dairy. Soy is recommended/tofu.

    Help! Confused. I don’t want to have a cholecystotomy of I can help it


  20. I know this is old but I find myself here because shortly after starting keto, I’ve now (for the first time in my life) had gallbladder problems. To anyone reading this, drinking apple juice and 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (w/the mother) will usually stop them immediately. I’ve decided to stop this plan temporarily as in addition to that I know have uterine fibroids and cysts on my ovaries. I think it’s suspect that all of these problems started when I went on keto and lost 30 pounds.

  21. I had the gall bladder removed back in Jun. in the past couple of years, I’ve done the 30-day challenges and maintained for up to 5 months. But honestly, it was to drop weight to stay fit and mobile for military training. I retired from the military in 2016 and let it go, hitting the scales at 220 lbs. in Jun of this year, the gall bladder exploded followed by sepsis, then pneumonia. Spent 10 lovely days in the hospital and another 30 days with a PICC for antibiotics. Left the hospital at 190 lbs. with a plan to stay there, but started eating the low fat diet they suggested and climbed up to a sloth-like 216 lbs. 4 months later. I’ve been back on the primal plan now for 2 weeks and just discovered today I needed to research the effects after having the gall bladder removed. Discovered there’s some additional supplements I’m going to start taking to include soluble fiber, MCT tablets, pancreatin and ox bile tablets, as well as a no carb protein shake. I feel great, have lost 8 lbs thus far, and will continue onward to victory. Goal is a lifestyle change….my playing weight is 182, so will keep you posted.