The gallbladder is a small organ located directly under the liver. It acts as a bile reservoir; it concentrates bile which is secreted by the liver and is used by the body to digest fats. If the liver is overloaded with toxins and saturated fats, the bile (which carries toxins and fats) will eventually inflame the gallbladder. When enough cholesterol deposits (from saturated fats) have formed, they crystallize with the bile to form gallstones. If the gallbladder becomes inflamed, it causes sever pain in the upper right abdomen. This is accompanied by fever, nausea and vomiting. This condition must be treated immediately as it can be life threatening. Sometimes The key, then, to correcting gallbladder disorders is to stop overloading the liver with toxins and saturated fats. “Vegetarian diets offer protection against gallstones.” Medical Hypotheses, 40(2), February 1993, p. 81-84
Often, persons with gallstones have no symptoms. If a stone blocks the bile passage however, nausea, vomiting and pain in the upper right abdominal region occur. These symptoms often arise after the individual has eaten fried or fatty foods.
- Herbal detoxification products may be helpful in flushing gallstones out of the body. We suggest using formulas that use organic, whole herbs. If interested, take a look at the Liver and Gallbladder Formula.
- In the morning, drink the gallstone flush; 8 oz. Apple juice (or dilute with water), 3-6 cloves of raw organic garlic, 1-2 inches of raw organic ginger root, mix well in blender. This drink may help dissolve and flush gallstones.
- Eat a well balanced diet of 50% raw foods and fresh juices, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts/seeds. This low saturated fat, high fiber diet is a must for healing gallbladder disorders. Flaxseed oil is needed for repair and prevention of gallstones as it contains essential fatty acids.
- Gallbladder disease may help be prevented by increased intake of natural Vitamin C. We suggest a high quality whole food supplement, like VITAFORCE™ that is complete and made from whole foods. Medical Hypotheses, 40(2), February 1993, p. 81-84
Things to Avoid:
- All Animal Foods: dairy foods (milk, cheese, butter, cream, ice cream), fish, meat, chicken, turkey, eggs, fried and greasy foods, margarine, and all other processed foods and animal derived products from your diet. These foods are laced with chemicals, pesticides, and toxins as well as high levels of saturated fats which which cause gallstones and inflammation
- Salt, tobacco, caffeine, sodas, coffee, sugar, and refined white flour (breads, pastas, cereals- replace with whole wheat pastas, breads, and cereals). These products are extraordinarily destructive to the body.
- James F. Balch, M.D, Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” (1997)
- J.A. Simon, “Ascorbic Acid and Cholesterol Gallstones,” Medical Hypotheses, 40(2), February 1993, p. 81-84