Gallstones are super concentrated crystals made from cholesterol that can become trapped inside your gallbladder. This happens when you have a deficiency in bile.
Bile is a type of detergent, a liquid that is made by your liver and stored in your gallbladder. Your body releases this whenever you eat fat, oil, or foods that contain fat, to help break it down into small particles so that you can digest it.
However, If your liver isn’t making enough bile, cholesterol doesn’t get broken down properly and can solidify into crystals called gallstones, and cause severe pain and gallbladder attacks.
Sometimes the stones get lodged within the little ducts coming from your liver or gallbladder. Triggering a sudden and intensifying pain under your ribs on the right-hand side of your stomach (abdomen).
This pain can then spread from here to your right shoulder area. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s very important to visit your doctor immediately to assess the situation.
Preventing Gallstones It’s important to note Many people believe that cutting down on cholesterol/fatty foods in their diet will lower the risk of gallstones. this is definitely not the case.
Cutting out fats in your diet will actually lower the amount of bile your gallbladder releases, which causes a bile sludge to build up in the gallbladder.
This causes even more gallstones to develop from concentrated cholesterol and causes blockages in the tubes and ducts coming from your liver.
AGAIN Sometimes people have their gallbladder removed, however, this is not fixing the underlying problem (deficiency of bile).
Therefore after you have had your gallbladder removed, causing some New stones can still form in the bile ducts from the liver and pancreas, causing some major health issues over time.
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Now that you understand that gallstones are caused by low bile, let’s explore 6 methods to dissolve/prevent gallstones by increasing the flow of bile from your liver and gallbladder.
Be advised that this information is for educational purposes only, so do speak to your doctor if you have gallbladder stones for a proper diagnosis.
1- Bile Salts (Supplement) The first step it takes, To concentrate Start taking 2 capsules, of bile salts on an empty stomach in the morning, and then 2 after your first meal. This will help you to digest fatty foods, clear out sludge in your bile ducts and dissolve stones in your gallbladder.
2- Cut Out Refined Foods There are certain foods that irritate your gallbladder. Cut out vegetable oils, margarine, processed sugars, and refined white flour foods, such as bread, pasta, cereal, biscuits, etc… You’ll also want to avoid lean protein powders.
These inflammatory foods damage your liver cells, which reduces bile production. Causing gallstones to form, and digestive problems.
- Eat Bitter Foods & Herbs Bitter foods are excellent to help your body make more bile. Dark leafy greens, radishes beet tops, artichokes, fennel, and pickles are excellent choices.
Other bile stimulating herbs include ginger, turmeric, Spanish black radish, and raw lemon juice. So Adding these to your diet will reduce belching, gas, constipation, and other digestive problems caused by low bile.
- Cod Liver Oil (Omega 3) Fish oils like arctic krill oil, or virgin cod liver oil have been shown to prevent the formation of cholesterol stones and crystals in the gallbladder.
You can also get the same benefits by eating oily fish, like salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc..
- Apple Cider Vinegar One simple method to help dissolve gallstones and prevent their formation is taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, mixed in a glass of water before each meal. This naturally improves the flow of digestive juices from your gallbladder and pancreas, to keep the ducts clear of stones.
- Probiotics Eating probiotic-rich foods can also help your body recycle and produce more bile. Sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and other fermented vegetables help to feed friendly microbes in your gut, which help to make more bile, and also bring down inflammation in the liver, gallbladder, and even the appendix.
Following these 6 key steps help your body to dissolve and prevent the formation of gallstones by increasing the flow of bile from your liver and gallbladder.
These steps will also help to keep the bile thin, preventing the formation of sludge, blockages, and pressure in your gallbladder.
Other Benefits Of Bile Other benefits of increasing bile The purpose of bile is to help dissolve fats into small particles, so that your body can digest them easily, Allowing you to absorb Vitamins A, D, E, K1, and K2.
Bile also helps you absorb antioxidants and carotenoids from vegetables such as lycopene in tomatoes. This is why it’s recommended to add olive oil to your salads, to stimulate the release of bile So that you can absorb them.
It also helps to regulate your blood sugars, Detoxify harmful substances in your body like caffeine, alcohol, and medical drugs.
It eliminates excess cholesterol that you don’t need, Helps to convert thyroid hormones T4 to T3, (to prevent hypothyroidism) Kills harmful microbes in the small intestine, And alkalizes the small intestine, to prevent the formation of ulcers. and lubricates the colon to prevent constipation.
So If you do have a gallbladder problem, or you have had your gallbladder removed you will want to take steps to increase bile so that you can maintain a healthy overall body. Remember that bile is originally made in the liver, and then it’s concentrated in the gallbladder.