Which Food To Eat With Gallstones
Are you wondering which food to eat with gallstones?
We’ve done the research for you, pulling together the best resources online to give you one definitive article.
Go back a generation and the issue with health was lack of available information. Today that’s changed and the issue is sifting through the information to find out what works. Sometimes advice conflicts.
The aim of this article is to handle the contradictions and give you a quick, deep, understanding of which foods to eat with gallstones. We’ve also included additional resources… if you want to go deeper.
Multiple sources agree on which food to eat with gallstones
Multiple, credible sources agree that a variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet provide balance when dealing with gallstones. Some resources recommend at least 5 portions per day.
It is thought that artichoke extract supplements (which will be more potent than the vegetable) stop excess cholesterol in the liver. Taking artichoke extract for 16 weeks can lower total cholesterol levels by 14% with the effects seen within four weeks. However, there is no research specifically focusing on the effects of artichoke on gallstones.
It is essential to speak with a doctor before taking artichoke extract because it may cause a gallbladder attack if a bile duct is obstructed.
Other resources also mention milk thistle when referring to artichokes, as part of the “thistle family”.
Other food to eat with gallstones – additional suggestions…
The Medical Medium suggests “Celery juice helps to dissolve gallstones over time, making them small enough either not to cause harm or to be able to pass through the bile duct. Celery’s sodium also expands the bile duct so it’s not restricted, in case a large stone does breach”.
Dr Jockers says to include celery among other vegetable in his blog on the topic.
Where you’ll find disagreement on what food to eat with gallstones
While HealthLine claims Gallbladder friendly foods include milk and low-fat dairy, Webmd disagrees saying that you should try to avoid or limit high fat foods in your diet such as Whole-milk dairy products (cheese, ice cream, butter).
In our research US based websites tended to advocate the use of diary products as a food to eat with gallstones, however other regions seem to advocate this less. According to the World Gastroenterology Organisation about 20 million people in the USA (15% of the population) have gallstones 1.
Some websites, including Mercola suggest that Apple Cider Vinegar with apple juice is helpful. The general belief seems to be that that apple juice softens gallstones, allowing them to be excreted from the body with ease.
However, Livestrong refutes this claim saying “Raw apple cider vinegar is high in nutrients and acetic acid, but it is not strong enough to dissolve gallbladder stones.” At this time there is limited evidence to suggest that apple cider vinegar has some health benefits, but no actual studies yet support its use as a treatment for gallstones.
Food not to eat with gallstones
The general conscientious is to void high-fat foods with gallstones including:
- Fried foods
- Highly processed foods (doughnuts, pie, cookies)
- Whole-milk dairy products (cheese, ice cream, butter)
- Fatty red meat
HealthLine adds the following list of foods to avoid with gallstones:
- vegetable oil
- peanut oil
- refined white foods (breads, pastas, etc.)
- processed foods
Mental and emotional issues – looking beyond food that effects gallstones
In her bestselling, self-healing book, You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay, says that Gallstone causes including: bitterness, hard thoughts, condemnation and pride. She suggests two affirmations: “There is joyous release of the past” and “Life is sweet and so am I.”
The effect exercise has on gallstones
Dr. Brugge of Health Harvard says, “Diet and weight loss have the biggest impact. Adopt a diet that cuts out high-fat foods in favor of more plant-based foods, as well as regular exercise to help you maintain a healthy weight,” he adds, “Make sure to avoid rapid weight loss, which also can lead to stone formation. Aim to lose only about 1 to 2 pounds per week.”
Everyday Health says, “Although there is no certain way to prevent gallstones from forming, evidence shows that exercise has a protective effect and can significantly reduce the risk of gallbladder problems.”
A review published in July 2016 in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that regular exercise lowers the risk of gallbladder problems. And this was true regardless of the person’s body mass index.
Everyday Health also says, “You don’t have to overdo it with exercise to achieve results. Studies have also found that there is not a significantly greater risk reduction for extreme levels of activity. In fact, overly strenuous exercise, such as long-distance running, may even cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. This doesn’t mean you should cut out physical activity entirely, just be aware of what your body can handle.
NHS says, Gallstones don’t usually cause any symptoms, but if a gallstone blocks one of the bile ducts, it can cause sudden, severe abdominal pain, known as biliary colic.
The Mayo Clinic adds, If a gallstone lodges in a duct and causes a blockage, the resulting signs and symptoms may include: Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen.Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone. Gallstones can also cause back pain between your shoulder blades.
More information on gallstones
Gallstones are solid particles that form in the gallbladder. Gallstones vary in shape and size, with some growing to the size of a golf ball.
There are two types of gallstones:
- Cholesterol gallstones: These are the most common form and are primarily made up of undissolved cholesterol.
- Pigment gallstones: Made up of excess bilirubin (a pigment that forms during the breakdown of red blood cells), these stones are brown or black.
Not all gallstones cause symptoms. When symptoms are present, they include:
- pain in the upper right abdomen
- pain in the right shoulder or between the shoulder blades
The stats on Gallstones and Gallbladder disease
Over the last 3 decades, there has been a 20% surge in people suffering from gallbladder disease. It is estimated that 20-25 million Americans (10-15% of the population) have gallbladder complications (primarily from gallstones) that lead to 1.8 million hospital visits and $6.2 billion dollars in health care costs every year.
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Can Homeopathic Remedies help Gallstones?
Nicole Cunningham is a Homeopathic Health Practitioner with 17 Years of experience has been called the “Mayo Clinic of Alternative Healthcare Practitioners”.
Serving thousands of clients in her practice, she specializes in treating families who face the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hormonal Imbalance, Chronic and Auto Immune Diseases and Weightloss.
Her line of Homeopathic formulas, PuraForce Remedies, have been tried and tested by hundreds of families.
Below she explains how homeopathy works in relation to Gallstones…
Homeopathy is a 200+ year old system of medicine used by over 500 million people worldwide. It has the best record of safety in the history of all medicine, with hundreds of studies showing its effectiveness on humans, animals, plants, and cells. Seven research laboratories have confirmed that homeopathic remedies at all levels of potency contain nanoparticles of the original medicinal substance from which they were made – making homeopathy the first nano medicine known to humankind.
Gallstones, gallbladder and liver inflammation are all targeted at the same time when treated with Homeopathic Medicine. As Homeopathic Medicine looks for the causation of the disease it is holistically approached by a Homeopath to target the organs of inflammation that are causing the outcome of the gallstones.
Gallbladder attacks which are often the precursor or happen simultaneously to gall stones getting stuck in the duct and are very painful. Often episodes are very aggressive and sudden in their onset. The role for homeopathy to treat these attacks/episodes and to work on decreasing the inflammation is great and yields incredible relief for the patient. The sooner you consult with a Homeopath the less likely these episodes will become frequent and more painful.
What are Homeopathic Remedies made from?
Homeopathy is safe and non-toxic. While the remedies are made out of plant and minerals, they are the energetic essence of that substance so they are completely free of side effects and therefore useful for all ages and life stages. Gall bladder and liver inflammation can affect adults and young people, even people who outwardly look very healthy.
What are the advantages of Homeopathy?
- Homeopathic Medicine treats the person as an individual, it evaluates and addresses the person as a ‘whole.’ Homeopathy treats the mind and the body creating harmony and enabling the individual to reach their highest potential.
- Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own healing powers to bring about health and well being.
- You are treated as an individual, not as a collection of disease labels.
- Homeopathy treats all your symptoms at all levels of your being – spiritual, emotional, mental and physical and finds the ‘like cures like’ match for them.
- Homeopathically prepared remedies provide the minimum dose, are gentle, subtle and powerful. They are non-addictive, and not tested on animals.
Who can use Homeopathy?
Homeopathic Remedies are absorbed via the limbic system and not the digestive tract they can be taken along side and instead of pharmaceutical medicines with confidence.
There are no interactions or special considerations needed. It can be used by all ages and stages of life including during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The remedies can even be used by newborn babies and the elderly.
Homeopathic Remedies are tasteless and odourless! So ideal for children and babies who are averse to taking medications. You can even put it into cold drinks such as water, juice or milk without them knowing!!
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How Homeopathy be used to help Gallstones?
Homeopathic Remedies assist with symptomatic relief as well as improving the overall energy levels, well being and quality of life of people who suffer from Gallstones and liver/gallbladder inflammation.
Most commonly gallstones can be dissolved with the correctly prescribed homeopathic medicine. The process of selecting the constitutional remedy activating the body’s vital force – the body’s ability to heal itself. This is achieved by prescribing a constitutional medicine to the patient. This constitutional remedy is given to achieve homeostasis and balance within the biochemistry that then begins to reduce the overgrowth activity.
When Homeopathic Medicines are given to treat the gallstones and liver and gallbladder inflammation you see the overall wellbeing and energy of the patient increase. Most commonly though, the episodes of discomfort reduce in severity and frequency once Homeopathic Medicine is administered.
Homeopathic Medicines target the inflammation while also dissolving the stones treating the problem while also preventing the deterioration of the condition.
Once the medicines are administered the body detoxifies and expels the unhealthy granulations and calcifications which restores normal function to the liver and gallbladder.