Doesn't Keto Cause Gallstones Eating All That Fat?

Can you do keto with gallstones? Watch this detailed video to find out.

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In this video, we’re going to talk about keto and gallstones. Can you do the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting if you have a gallstone?  

What is a gallstone made of? 
There are several different types of gallstones, but the most common is the cholesterol gallstone. 

The different types of gallstones contain several of the same ingredients, such as:

• Cholesterol 
• Bilirubin 
• Phosphates
• Calcium carbonate

What causes gallstones?
It’s mainly a combination of two things:
1. Too much cholesterol 
2. Too little bile 

The most important thing you need to know about gallstones:
• The composition of a gallstone is not the same thing as bile 

Another important point about gallstones:
• Fasting does not cause gallstones

What can cause a super-saturated amount of cholesterol?
A situation where the gallbladder is not contracting anymore. It’s not releasing bile. It just sits there, and cholesterol comes in and forms stones. If you’re not triggering your gallbladder to release its contents, over a long period of time, that could cause a gallstone.

What triggers the release of bile from the gallbladder?
The answer is saturated fats. A ketogenic diet is a low-carb high-fat diet. So, when you do keto, you’re going to be releasing a lot of bile on a regular basis. If you add intermittent fasting, you’re going to concentrate the bile. 

* Healthy keto and intermittent fasting may actually decrease the risk of gallstones. 

* What increases the risk of gallstones is a low-fat diet. 

A couple more things you need to know about gallstones:

• High estrogen can trigger gallstones
• High insulin can increase the risk of gallstones
• A common treatment for gallstones is taking purified bile salts 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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