Gallbladder – Fix Yours Naturally!

G is for gallbladder – a storage organ for the bile produced by the liver. Bile is important because it emulsifies fats that we eat and aids in elimination of cholesterol from the body. Bile increases the normal action of the intestines and helps prevent parasitic infection. Bile also carries the toxins gathered by the liver out of the body.
Gallbladder function can become impaired for a variety of reasons. One common reason is ingesting food and drink that causes the bile to congeal. Normal consistency of bile is that of a light oil. Coffee and chocolate contain substances that make the bile turn into thick sludge, leading to problems with digestion. And last, but definitely not least, parasitic infections can clog the gallbladder.
When the gallbladder function is less than optimal, certain problems can occur. Symptoms of gallbladder problems include an inability to digest fats, gas or belching, nausea, foul smelling stools, pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen that may radiate to the right shoulder or the back, high cholesterol, and deficiency of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Note that food supplements that contain fat such as fish oil supplements or the fat soluble vitamins could cause burping or other digestive discomfort if there is a gallbladder (or liver) problem.
Gallstones are a well known gallbladder problem. Gallstones are very common and occur in one in five women by the age of 60. They are half as common in men. Gallstones are more common in older people, particularly those that are overweight or those who lose weight suddenly. Women exposed to more estrogen through pregnancies, birth control pills, or estrogen replacement therapies have more tendencies towards gallstones. Eighty percent of people with gallstones have no symptoms. Symptoms occur an average of 8 years after the formation of stones begins.
Natural remedies for gallbladder problems include dietary changes, herbs and other food supplements. High carbohydrate diets with plenty of sweets increase the chances of developing gallstones – so to prevent gallstones, it is best to eat a low carbohydrate diet with no refined sugar. High fiber diets help prevent gallstones too – so eat plenty of high fiber vegetables and/or take a fiber supplement.
As for herbs, turmeric, red beet root, Oregon grape root, artichoke and gold coin grass help clean the liver and gallbladder along with thinning the bile and helping to dissolve existing stones. Enteric coated peppermint oil helps clean the gallbladder and is used throughout Europe. Lecithin is an emulsifier which helps clean the liver and gallbladder. There are many proprietary herbal formulas designed to clean the gallbladder.
Gallbladder flushes can also be helpful. There are many recipes using olive oil and either grapefruit juice or tomato juice. There is even a recipe that uses Coke – although I think the more natural juice with some acid content would be better. I recommend using mini-flushes on a regular basis to help rejuvenate the liver and gall bladder.
If you have had your gallbladder taken out and are still having digestive problems, consider using a supplement containing bile salts to normalize your digestion. Check out natural remedies for your gallbladder issues and see how good you can feel.

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Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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13 Responses to Gallbladder – Fix Yours Naturally!

  1. Terri says:

    Hi NaturalCowGirl (Margaret), Thanks so much for sharing. Most folks don’t realize how easy it is to take care of your gall bladder just by changing your diet and eat properly. I have done gall flushes in the past and am always amazed at the results. Amazing what are bodies can do when given the right nutritional tools. Keep up the good work!

    Terri

  2. AAA says:

    I’ve also done 13 gallbladder flushes. I’ve passed stones from the liver but not the gallbladder. they are still there. how long does it take doing it naturally?

    • It sometimes takes 6 months – general rule is 1 month for every year they have been there. And yes, I have seen this work. I do not know exactly what you have been doing. If the herbs are poor quality, you will not get results.

  3. karen says:

    my sister has Adenomyomatosis gallbladder can the flushes help with this, What are the ratio of olive oil to grapefruit juice.
    Thank you Karen

    • I have no experience with this type of gallbladder issue. If in doubt, she can ask her doctor.
      There are many different recipes – the mini-flush I use is 2T olive oil to 1/2 cup tomato or grapefruit juice.

      • theresa janiga says:

        is that all you drink to cleanse your gallbladder

      • I assume you are referring to the gallbladder flush drinks. These do help, however, I find that continued nutritional support is most effective. I have seen nutritional supplements resolve the problem without the flushes, but never the flushes without the nutritional supplements and diet changes. The gallbladder issues will just keep coming back if the flushes are all you do.

  4. the typist says:

    What if u have no gallbladder

  5. Annette says:

    Hello,
    I just started to have symptoms first with my liver now my gallbladder. What is the easiest way to flush both. I have changed my diet since I cannot process animal protein, it is mostly fruits, veges, nuts, leafy greens, some soy organic products, whole grain oats. I have used dandelion tea to flush the liver. One doctor said I had a fatty liver. There are so many listed in your blog.

    What is the best way to flush both (liver and gallbladder). You have listed so many do I have to buy them all?

  6. pennysmith1 says:

    “How to” with no “how to”. Helpful.

    Am I missing something? Cuz I see no suggestions, dietary information, detox information, herbal remedies… Just a couple items “said to help”. ????

    • I am sorry you did not find what you were looking for in my article. If you will click on the links to http://www.vitaminranch.com, you will find what I recommend. Or more specifically – this: http://www.vitaminranch.com/collections/gallbladder-911.
      Please understand that I am limited on what I can say in my articles for several reasons. They are a reprint of what I write for a newspaper who does not want blatant advertising.
      Also, if you need more help than what I provide in my articles, I do nutritional consulting. There are links to my services on the Vitamin Ranch website. Or if you have a quick question, you can email us directly.

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