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Things to Know About Your Gallbladder


Your gallbladder is a relatively small organ that holds and releases bile produced by the liver, but you can have bigger problems if something goes wrong with it.

While gallbladder problems are common, there’s not a lot of general knowledge about the organ itself, so let’s put the spotlight on this important part of our body with 13 facts about it…

1. Gallbladder Function

Let’s look a little more closely why you have a gallbladder to begin with, and where it is. The relatively small organ is located adjacent to the liver, in the upper right part of your midsection under your liver.

Now that you know where it is, here’s what it does: it stores bile (water and bile salts) produced by the liver, which is used to break down dietary fats, notes EveryDayHealth.com. Since you’re (hopefully) not continuously eating, the gallbladder stores the bile until you need it – and dumps it into your small intestine to aid in the digestive process.

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