Gallbladder sludge refers to the consistency of bile in the gallbladder. In a healthy gallbladder, the bile is all one consistency. In a gallbladder containing sludge, on an ultrasound the gallbladder can be seen with two consistencies of bile. The upper consistency looks thinner and healthy, while impurities like cholesterol and mucous have sunk to the bottom and create a thicker bile at the bottom. This thicker bile is known as gallbladder sludge. If you are prone to getting gallbladder sludge, you may also get gallstones, which may result in having to get your gallbladder removed. You can prevent the sludge, however, by following a few simple steps that you can do at home.
Eat breakfast. If your gallbladder is regularly releasing bile instead of starting and stopping, the consistency of your bile will be more uniform. Eat a healthy breakfast like oatmeal with fruit. Skipping breakfast can result in buildup of old bile in your gallbladder.