Gallstones or painful gallbladder symptoms usually indicate poor liver function. If you are plagued by gallbladder problems, you may need to make some dietary changes but you can also periodically flush your liver and gallbladder with a simple overnight procedure.
When we eat a meal that contains fat, the liver and gallbladder are stimulated to release bile. Each day, the liver secretes about a quart of bile which is absorbed into the body from the colon and returned to the liver to be used again. Between meals, the gallbladder concentrates bile. Bile is used to emulsify fats, cholesterol, and fat-soluble vitamins by breaking them into tiny globules that the body can absorb.
Why Fat is Essential for Healthy Liver and Gallbladder Function
If we consume no fats, our gallbladder is rarely called upon to release the bile it has been storing. That bile becomes too thick and viscous and cannot pass easily out of the gallbladder. This can cause pain, inflammation, nausea, bloating, belching, and food intolerances. Just one more reason to eat healthy fats … to keep the bile thin and healthy in the gallbladder.
More great reasons to consume healthy fats are:
- Fat is required for absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
- Every single cell membrane is made up of two layers of fat.
- Fat serves as a protective lining for the organs.
- Fat is required for the adequate use of proteins.
- Fat provides a source of slow-burning energy.
- Fat slows down the absorption of nutrients for proper energy regulation.
- Fat is imperative in the management of inflammation.
- Fat makes food taste good!
Most people have gallstones but are never bothered by them. Women are two to four times more likely to be affected by gallstones than men.
Low-fat, low calorie diets increase your risk of developing gallstones. Fasting for more than 14 hours raises the risk of problems due to gallstones. Remember to always eat breakfast!
If you experience a sharp pain or spasm under the ribs on the right side or even under your right shoulder blade, typically after eating a high-fat meal, see your doctor. If the pain is severe, go to the emergency room.
Dietary Changes To Prevent Gallstones
These are some of the dietary changes recommended for a healthy liver and gallbladder:
- Essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) are vital to gallbladder function and overall health.
- Eliminate hydrogenated fats and oils, trans fats and vegetable shortening or oils from your diet. See which oils to ditch and which oils to use.
- Decrease coffee intake (both caffeinated and decaf).
- Increase water consumption.
- Reduce your bowel transit time (how long it takes for your gut to process food) by eating more high fiber foods.
- Check out food sensitivities especially to pork, onions, eggs, beef, soy, rye, rice, cherry, peach, apricot, spinach and beets.
- Find out if you are low on hydrochloric acid production with a simple test.
- Vitamin C has been shown to prevent gallstone formation.
- Try bile salts (these are especially useful for those who have already had their gallbladders removed).
- Take digestive enzymes especially with lipase.
- Do a liver/gallbladder flush.
Contact me for more details regarding these dietary changes.
Steps to Conduct a Liver and Gallbladder Flush
You can do this procedure at home but check with your clinician especially if you have ongoing liver or gallbladder issues. This cleanse is quick, begins one afternoon and is over before lunch the next day.
Here’s what you will need to have on hand: Extra virgin olive oil, Epsom salt, freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice (about 3-4 medium grapefruits)
- During the week before your cleanse, drink as much natural apple juice (no sugar, no additives, just apples) as possible.
- On the day of your cleanse, eat and drink as usual but opt for a low fat breakfast and lunch. Be sure to have lunch at noon. Take supplements and medicine as usual.
- Do not eat or drink anything after lunch at noon. You can sip water if you get thirsty.
- At 3:00 pm, dissolve 1 tablespoon of epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in 1/4 cup of warm water and drink it. This has a laxative effect and helps push any stones through your system. It tastes awful, no joke. You can rinse your mouth with water and lemon juice or drink a little freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice.
- At 5:00 pm, repeat the epsom salt procedure.
- At 9:45 pm, drink 1 and 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil and 1 and 1/2 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice mixed together. This tastes surprisingly good.
- Go to bed immediately and lie down on your right side for at least a half hour before going to sleep. Do not stay up.
- Next morning, when you arise (not before 6 am), repeat the epsom salt procedure but mix with 1 and 1/4 cup warm water.
- Two hours later you may eat a breakfast of fruit and later have a light lunch.
- Expect a watery stool with green and brown pea size ‘stones’ or even shiny crystals or “chaff” floating on top of the water. Don’t be alarmed. Depending on your bowel transit time, this will determine when you see stones in your stool. These are not gallstones, but just the remnants of the olive oil concoction.
You can repeat this liver and gallbladder flush every 2 weeks. For maintenance, the flush can be repeated every 3 to 6 months.
Note: Adding a high quality Vitamin C powder (such as Vitality C, 1 tsp) to the epsom salt mixture can enhance the process. Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy recommends taking 4 capsules of L-ornithine 2000 mg at 9:45 pm along with the olive oil and grapefruit juice.
Here’s your simple change for the day: Conduct a simple flush of your liver and gallbladder.
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Source: Digestive Wellness, Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN, 2012.
Source: Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, Center for New Medicine, Irvine, CA.