Foods Helpful for Gallstones
USE ORGANIC FOODS
Fresh vegetable juices (beet and cucumber especially)
- Drink lots of water – very important
- Garlic and garlic oil
- Ginger root
- Grapes and freshly pressed grape juice (organic grapes only) are especially helpful
- Apples particularly including apple juice
- casaba melons
- prunesnturmeric (organic)
- Cottage cheese – Flax oil
- Radishes help to dissolve gallstones but may cause some discomfort. Do not use them until your symptoms are gone and then only if they do not disagree with you.
Foods to Avoid for Gallstones
Take special note of the foods most likely to cause gallbladder attacks:
- beans and nuts
- saturated fats
- hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils
NOTE: green beans are not classified as beans.
For Relief from Pain
Flax Seed Tea Recipe
- Boil 1 Tbsp of organic flax seeds in 2 1/2 cups of water for 5 minutes.
- Steep 10 minutes.
- Strain and sip slowly.
Diet After Gallbladder Surgery:
Gallbladder surgery is not the answer to the underlying problem. This is not to say that surgery is sometimes necessary and can be helpful with the pain and other symptoms. The most common question asked, is why there is still pain/symptoms after gallbladder removal. Your diet needs to be changed with or without possessing a gallbladder, if you have had any form of gallbladder disease. So follow the dietary recommendations for gallbladder problems of any kind.
Fats to Avoid and Fats to Include
Most important is to avoid fried foods, fatty foods and particular types of fats like trans fats, hydrogenated fats, partially hydrogenated fats (read your labels) and saturated fats. Include essential fatty acids such as flax oil or borage oil. Depending on how severe or acute your gallbladder problem is at the moment, even this may not be possible for you. Experiment slowly. You may have to do a gallbladder flush or use the product GB 6 for two month, before you can add these. Most people, however, are able to eat small amounts. It shouldn’t take more than a week on the products before you feel relief enough to try this. I generally advise adding a teaspoon of flax oil with vinegar or lemon juice to salads as a dressing. If you are in pain, you may be able to eat only the green soup recipe for a few days.
BEET RECIPE Treatment for Gallbladder Pain
- 1 large organic beet or beetroot (raw) washed (not peeled unless not organic) and finely grated
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 Tbsps flax oil (Flax oil is by far the superior choice here as it is an omega 3 essential fatty acid, but if you only have extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil in the house, you can substitute it temporarily.)
Take one teaspoon of mixture every hour throughout the day.
On day two and three make a fresh batch using ¼ of a large beet.
Take one teaspoon of mixture 3 to 4 times a day or more. Make this mixture to add to your salads frequently or eat alone as above 2 or 3 times a week. This will keep the bile thin and moving.
Note: If you cannot get organic beets, be sure to peel them. Otherwise, use the peel as well. Beets in any form are an excellent food for both the liver and the gallbladder. Eat your regular meals throughout this period, striving to eat lots of fresh vegetables, good fats and to avoid refined sugars and processed foods.
Liquids are best during an attack. You could try the Beet Recipe. Many find it helps, but others do better with just liquids. It is wonderful for relief from all sorts of gastric disturbances such as stomach pain, gas, and indigestion. I do not add any fat or salt to this recipe. It can be used anytime but is particularly useful as a three day fast with nothing else but water. It is both nourishing and easy to digest. You can alter the amounts to taste. More beans add more sweetness.
Green Soup Recipe for Relief of Gallbladder Pain
- One bunch parsley
- 3 medium zucchini
- ½ lb. Green beans
- 5 stalks celery
Steam together for 8-10 minutes or partially steam and boil in ½ cup water. If you have a steamer, you retain more nutrients and flavor with that method. Puree in a blender.
NOTE: THIS SOUP IS NOT FOR A GALLBLADDER ATTACK!