Gallstone disease is a common medical problem, affecting 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population. Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluids that can form in your gallbladder. Many people can develop gallstones in their gallbladder and be unaware of it. The gallbladder is designed to work in conjunction with the liver to digest food and eliminate toxins. However, when one or both of these vital organs gets clogged up due to poor nutrition or toxic buildup, cholesterol can crystallize with calcium to form gallstones.
To prevent gallstones from forming, it is essential to regularly feed your body the nutrients it needs to maintain a clean, well-functioning gallbladder. Here are some useful tips that can help prevent gallstones:
- Juice Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Daily – Juicing fresh, alkalizing fruits and vegetables can help relieve inflammation and enzymatically detoxify both your liver and gallbladder on a regular basis. Raw, unfiltered apple juice, which is rich in pectin, will help soften and disintegrate any existing gallstones, as well as prevent new ones from forming. Lemons, celery, tomatoes, and beets are also excellent additions to any daily juicing regimen.
- Eat Enough Healthy Fats – Olive oil and other healthy saturated fats, from coconut oil and grass-fed animal products, help with the assimilation of important nutrients from other foods that are responsible for maintaining a clean liver and gallbladder.
- Supplement with Either Sunflower or Non-GMO Soy Lecithin – One of the easiest and quickest ways to dissolve gallstones is to supplement with lecithin derived from either sunflower or non-GMO (genetically-modified organism) soy. Lecithin, a fatty substance made of choline and inositol, is a primary component of cell membranes, and requires high amounts of bile to digest. When it enters the liver after ingestion, lecithin is dissolved into this bile, and in the process hardened gallstones are also dissolved.**
- Add Some Extra Turmeric to Your Meals – Studies have shown that turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food that aids in maintaining a healthy gallbladder. Turmeric helps improve the solubility of bile, which means the body has a much easier time breaking down substances that would otherwise form into gallstones.
Supplement with Apple Cider Vinegar and Malic Acid – Drinking a mixture of apple cider vinegar with malic acid, as part of a gallbladder flush, is highly recommended for gallbladder health. This unique home remedy is hailed by many as a safe, surefire way to eliminate gallstones without the need for surgery or drug interventions.
(Source: Food Matters, Mayo Clinic, American Gastroenterological Association)