GALLBLADDER DISEASE/GALLSTONES

This problem is on the rise in America due in part to the poor diet Americans eat each day, filled with sugars and low in fiber, resulting in poor digestion. Over 20 million Americans have gallstones and/or gallbladder inflammation known as cholecystitis. The majority of sufferers are women; they account for 75 percent of the cases.
The gallbladder helps digest fats by producing bile. If the gallbladder bile fluids become saturated with cholesterol, solid crystals form and eventually become gallstones. The key plan of attack is to increase bile solubility to reduce cholesterol levels. In addition, bile flow needs to be increased to aid the gallbladder in expelling small stones.

Gallbladder disease is an inflammation of the gallbladder caused by saturated bile known as gallstones.

Symptoms
Symptoms include pain in the upper right abdomen during an attack,nausea, cold sweats, possible fever, belching, anxiety, bloating, headache,and anger. Some people report that the symptoms made them feel as if they were having a heart attack. The pain becomes more intense as the stones enlarge.

Causes
Causes include chronic indigestion from excessive refined sugar and dairy products, too many fried and fatty foods, food allergies, birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy (which cause an increase in cholesterol production), and sedentary lifestyle.

Dietary considerations
Eat smaller meals that are primarily vegetarian. Avoid red meat, dairy,and eggs because they are high in saturated fats. Each morning, take 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily, and add lemon to each glass of water that you drink.

Supplement support for gallbladder disease
• Milk thistle liquid extract, for liver function
• Turmeric (curcumin) for inflammation
• Vitamin B complex
• Chromium picolinate: 200 mcg daily; for weight over 150 pounds, 400 mcg daily
• Choline and inositol, to regulate cholesterol levels
• Phosphatidylcholine, to regulate cholesterol levels
• Ester-C: 3,000 mg daily
• Fiber supplement
• Taurine, to keep bile thinned
• Chamomile tea
• Kyo-Dophilus

Lifestyle choices
• Do a liver flush (see the section titled Liver Flush).
CAUTION: This flush is not intended for people who have large stones. Consult your physician regarding advisability.
• Place a warm castor oil pack on the abdomen before bed.
• Start to exercise. Walking every night after dinner is wonderful for digestion and helps to reduce body fat.