Most folks don’t have any clue what their gallbladder does. It sits hidden away, tucked up behind your liver, and seldom gets the respect it deserves. But this small forgotten organ isn’t useless as many people assume. In fact it plays a very important role in your digestion.
You see the gallbladder is where your body stores the excess bile your liver makes until it’s needed to properly digest any fatty foods you eat. And, unfortunately, if you’re not careful your diet can begin to negatively affect your gallbladder slowing it down and even blocking it.
Beware these symptoms of a sickly gallbladder
When your gallbladder is giving you trouble you might not even know it because the most common symptoms can often mimic other conditions. But if you’re experiencing a number of these symptoms, and they just don’t seem to be going away, you may very well have a cranky gallbladder on your hands.
- Severe abdominal pain
- Pain in your right shoulder blade or back
- Pain that worsens after eating a meal, particularly if you eat fatty or greasy foods
- Pain that feels dull, sharp, or crampy
- Pain that increases when you breathe in deeply
- Chest pain (angina)
- Heartburn, indigestion, and excessive gas
- A feeling of fullness in your abdomen
- Vomiting, nausea, or fever
- Shaking with chills
- Tenderness in your abdomen, particularly the upper right side
- A yellow tinge to your eyes or skin
Clay-colored bowel movements
Left untreated gallbladder trouble can lead to bile crystallizing and forming gallstones. This can become incredibly painful and may even require surgery if the stones become lodged in the neck of your gallbladder or in one of your bile ducts.
2 steps to a total gallbladder makeover
The good news is you can detox your gallbladder and keep it healthy in two simple steps…
1. Get your gallbladder squeaky clean with a flush:
Whether you’re already experiencing symptoms, or you simply are trying to avoid a gallbladder problem in the future, a 7-day flush is the perfect way to cleanse your gallbladder and get rid of any potentially harmful build up.
For your flush you’ll need
- plenty of apple juice and some apples if you like too,
- some fresh grapefruit or grapefruit juice,
- unrefined olive oil,
- disodium phosphate capsules (available in health food stores and online),
- and (optional) lemons for lemon juice.
During the flush try to avoid eating fatty foods, cut back on animal proteins and make sure you drink plenty of water. Keep in mind you may find yourself running to the bathroom more often than usual, and you may experience some discomfort in the upper right side of your abdomen where your gallbladder is located.
Monday through Saturday morning regularly sip on apple juice between and during your normal meals, and feel free to snack on apples as well. Several hours after your noon meal on Saturday take three disodium phosphate capsules with a full glass of water. After another two hours take two more capsules, again with plenty of water. For your evening meal eat only grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice (or another no-sugar added pure citrus juice if you can’t stomach grapefruit).
At bedtime drink a half a cup of the olive oil followed by a small glass of grapefruit juice. Or if you think you’ll have a hard time drinking the olive oil some folks find mixing the olive oil with one half cup of lemon juice easier to swallow.
Head straight to bed and before breakfast Sunday morning take your last dose of three disodium phosphate capsules with a full glass of water. You can then continue with your regular diet, but try to stick close to the bathroom for the rest of the day as your body flushes out the excess waste that has been accumulating in your gallbladder.
2. Fix your diet and lose weight:
Now that you’ve cleaned out your gallbladder you can make some changes to help keep it healthy. If you’re carrying around a bit of extra weight it’s time to work on getting rid of that spare tire. According to some studies, it only takes being moderately overweight to raise your risk for gallbladder issues.
Slash junk food from your diet, especially foods high in cholesterol boosting trans fats. Eat plenty of lean proteins, healthy fats, veggies and whole grain carbs. But don’t stop there. If you’re a coffee or tea fan keep drinking up because caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have been linked to healthier gallbladders.
If you indulge in a glass of wine for your heart health every once in a while feel free to continue because it turns out your gallbladder benefits too. And try incorporating more nuts into your diet as studies show folks who eat more of them are less likely to faced gallbladder surgery.
Don’t wait until you have a serious problem on your hands to finally give your gallbladder some attention. Reset your gallbladder health starting today, and keep it healthy from here on out, using these two simple steps.