The gallbladder is an important part of the digestive system, despite not being an essential organ. Its primary task is collecting and storing a liquid known as bile, which aids in fat digestion. In some people, bile deposits harden and form gallstones, which do not typically cause symptoms. However, if a gallstone tries to entire the bile duct, it can cause intense pain, nausea, and vomiting. The only cure for gallstones after symptoms begin is a cholecystectomy or the removal of the gallbladder. Although many factors that influence the buildup of gallstones are out of your control, like genetics and gender, there are still many steps you can take to encourage a healthy gallbladder.

1. Maintain a Healthy Weight

The most important step you can take to encourage a well-functioning gallbladder is to maintain a healthy weight. This means having a body mass index measurement in the normal range, rather than being overweight or obese. Excess weight has been linked to an increase in risk for developing gallstones. Also, being overweight also increases your risk of complications during surgery, even though cholecystectomies are usually relatively minor procedures. To maintain a healthy weight, you should eat a nutritious, low-fat diet and exercise regularly. Doing so will help you to keep the pounds off and lower your risk for gallbladder disease.