The gall bladder is an important organ which stores bile that is created by the liver. The bile is secreted from the gall bladder after eating, and aids in the digestion of fats. Due to a diet high in animal products, fats and cholesterol, stones can form in the gall bladder, decreasing its ability to function while creating discomfort and pain, usually in the upper right of the abdominal region. Fortunately, altering one’s diet and following a simple cleanse can reverse severe symptoms of gall stones. Surgery is hardly ever necessary.
If you have gall stones you must first change your diet. Foods high in cholesterol include red and white meat, milk, fish, eggs, butter, cream and other animal products. Decrease your intake of fatty foods. Eat lots of leafy greens, fruits and nuts. Vegetables are a nutritious substitute to animal products, and increase vital functions throughout the body. Gall stones form only when the amount of fat and cholesterol introduced in the body outweigh the liver’s and the gall bladder’s ability to break them down. These deposits can build up and harden in the bile, forming concreted stones of cholesterol, calcium and/or bilirubin, a byproduct of processing red blood cells.
There are a number of cleanses to assist in passing gall stones. In nearly all cases these cleanses, augmented by a change in diet, can replace the need for surgery. Gall bladder surgery is more and more common these days. Yet, in the majority of cases, it is unnecessary. You should only perform these cleanses while consulting a natural foods health care professional, as, in rare instances, larger stones can block the biliary duct, causing cholitis.
Apples, Olive oil and Lemon Juice
A single-day cleanse involves eating green apples, starting first thing in the morning. You should eat at least five and nothing else. Green apples help soften gall stones. Towards the evening, before going to bed, drink a mix of 2/3 of a cup of olive oil with 1/3 cup lemon juice. While sleeping, lie on your right side. The next morning the stones should be passed in the stool without discomfort. If necessary, repeat in a few days, monitoring your diet.
Stretching this procedure out over a week can be a gentler way to effect the same process. Eat only green apples (and radishes, if you like) for five days. On an empty stomach each morning drink two table spoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of lemon juice.
Other Foods Useful for Gall Bladder Detoxification
When cleansing avoid all fatty foods and animal products. The following foods can aid in dislodging, and passing, gallstones: citrus fruits, such as apples, pears, limes and lemons (not so much oranges), turmeric, seaweed, parsnips, radishes. Chamomile tea and flax seed oil can also help.