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Helful ways on how to avoid gallstones

Updated on August 6, 2012

Helpful ways to avoid gallstones by taking care of our bodies

With our health care in virtual kaos. Not enogh beds in our hospitals, Not enough trained specialists, doctors and nursing staff, we need to do everything in our power to prevent our bodies suffering wherever we can.

Therefore whatever prevention of any ailment is always better than the cure. In order to avoid suffering the agony of gallstones you need to start eating better and looking after your health by exercising more.

Gallstones, what are they?

Your gallbladder collects bile from the liver to the intestine through bile ducts. A stone grows as the bile fluid washes over it. And Gallstones are the small pebbles that form inside your gallbladder.

Small stones will not necessarily cause any discomfort, unless they become caught in the narrow outlet of the gallbladder. Problems that are more serious arise if a larger one cannot pass through to the intestines. If this happens, it causes a blockage of bile in the gallbladder or liver. The bacteria blocked fluid can cause a serious infection, which can lead to an inflammation of the pancreas.

Possible Causes

They believe that more women suffer from gallstones than men, because of the excess estrogen with pregnancy. It could be from the result of birth control pills, which increases the cholesterol levels in bile and decreases the movement in the gallbladder. Family heredity records show that gallstones could run through their family. If an overweight person, then you are more at risk especially in the case of a woman. Diets high in fat and low in fiber can increase the risk.

Tips on Avoiding Gallstones

  • 1 Overweight people should avoid crash or rapid weight reduction diets.
  • 2 Reduce your fat intake. Our bodies still need some fat but do not overdo it.
  • 3 Eat a low fat, low cholesterol high fiber diet and avoid intake of high sugar food.
  • 4 Men and women should drink one or two cups of coffee each day, tests show it reduces the risk of gallstones forming by 40%.
  • 5 Tests show that omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, may help prevent gallstones and Vitamin C is very important.
  • 6 Eat loads of fresh vegetables and fruit. Grow your own vegetables then you know they are free of any nasty chemicals.
  • 7 Avoid white flour and rice. Eat more multi grain bread and brown rice.
  • 8 Try a liver and gallbladder cleanse.
  • 9 Drink 2-3 liters of fresh water every day to flush out your system.

If you maintain a well-balanced and healthy diet, by eating fresh fruit and vegetables every day you will live a healthier life. Then by exercising regularly, you could live until you are ninety, free of gallstones although of course there is no guarantee. We all need to try and provent these type of illnesses.

Grandma's Helpful Tips

She would reccommend this to help with Gallstones - avoid eating fatty or oily food as these will aggrivate them.

  • try drinking a equal part mixture of olive oil and lemon
  • take cod liver oil and apples
  • Drink Chamomile or dandelion tea
  • drink radish juice or whole radishes daily
  • the men drank home made rum or whisky. (lucky them)


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    • Mary of Bethany profile image

      Mary of Bethany 

      7 years ago

      This is good information, and makes sense. Thank you.

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      khaye bituin 

      8 years ago

      thanks for the info

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Maureen, thanks for reading, I hope it will all work out well for you and your friend. thanks

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      8 years ago

      This has have a lot of information to think about. I actually came on here to look up stuff for my friend, who has just had her gallbladder removed. We were trying to think of ways to prevent future recurrences, and were stumped, because most of the things listed above she does

      already; in fact, I am much more at risk according to the above than she is! However, there is one thing that I do that she does not to my knowledge and that is, I drink tons of water all the time, more than most people I think.

      I don't think that is nearly enough to account for why she had to have the surgery though. She is in great shape, drinks a lot of coffee, eats very healthy, but the water intake is lacking and she is a smoker. And her drs don't have any really good answers for her either.

      So, I will try to institute some of the above things for myself and will tell my friend she should be drinking lots of water, also.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Minnetoonka twin. If you have a problem with your kidneys it would be best to talk to your doctor, I believe they are also painful

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Great information here. I have never had this but have heard many horror stories about how painful they are. Do your recommendations also apply to kidney stones?

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Stevemark thanks for stopping by

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      11 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for this very informative hub.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for that info. I knew they drank tea but not with that.

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      11 years ago

      It does not have to be water. It can be decaf green tea. The Chinese do not drink water, only tea.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Very true about the coffee. I love a few of those and now I buy the packets of caffechino they help me feel as though I am having one in the coffee shop. I havent tried flax. Thanks again

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      Margaret Hampton 

      11 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for another excellent Hub with practical, life-impacting information. Drinking the water is critical for EVERYTHING, as are the control of fat intake, avoiding "white" things (white rice, white flour, white potatoes), eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, Omega-3's... I discovered the incredible benefits of golden flax seed - fresh ground - for even more Omega-3s than I can get from the salmon I love. The fresh ground flax goes great in my morning fruit and yogurt blender drink! (Tastes like a real treat, not "health food!") I didn't know about coffee, though. Now you've given me an "excuse." I do love my coffee! And I can't be alone in that.

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      11 years ago from North Carolina

      I follow some of these but not all of them, have to be careful. Thanks for the information.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thats ok, glad to help

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      11 years ago

      The tips for avoiding gall stones is great!My father-in-law underwent laproscopic trearment to get his gall bladder removed and is fine now, but he had to undergo a lot of pain and other problems before it was finally detected.

      Thanks for the info.

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      Michele Engholm 

      11 years ago from Hutchinson

      Great hub Eileen. Terrific info. SO many of my friends have had problems with this. Painful.... Thanks for this.


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