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Gallbladder Diet

     
Quick Click: If you are in pain try these gallbladder pain relief recipes:

Flax Seed Tea | Beet Recipe | Green Soup

GALLBLADDER MENU PLANS:
GET THE DIETARY HELP YOU NEED IMMEDIATELY

What to eat when you are afraid of another attack, or of eating causing pain.

GALLSTONE DIET:
For gallstone treatment /prevention


GALLBLADDER DIET:
For any gallbladder disease including maintenance after gallbladder removal


DIET AFTER GALLBLADDER SURGERY:
For assistance following gallbladder surgery

ALLERGY DIET:
For weight loss, gallstones, gallbladder disease, joint pains, hashimotos, low energy, lack of focus and brain fog, achey and slow starter in the morning. If you feel terrible and wonder why this diet will most likely help.


LEAKY GUT DIET:
For increased sensitivity to foods and/or chemical sensitivity, for abdominal gas and bloating.

GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN:




This is not a bible
. Everyone reacts differently. This is a list compiled from both research and experience -- from what you, my readers or in-house patients, have told me. It is a place from which to start but the most important thing to do is to listen to your own body.

Do not avoid all fats unless you are in attack or close to attack mode. Even then, a small amount of the flax oil in the beet recipe can be helpful. Fat-free and low-fat diets can be a cause for gallbladder problems as well as too much of the wrong fats. The body needs fats. Use omega 3 oils like flax or hemp. These are both delicious on salads. Cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil is also recommended. Use with vinegar or fresh lemon juice.

  GALLBLADDER DIET          
  HELPFUL FOODS   AVOID THESE FOODS  
 
Beets
Cucumbers
Green beans - are NOT the same as dried
Okra
Sweet potatoes
Avocados - a good way to get needed fats directly from food
Vinegars all types
Garlic helps with liver cleansing but not processed types like flakes or powder. Some people have difficulty with it but is usually ok and even helpful. Just pay attention to your own body with this one.

Shallots
Tomatoes - ripe
cold water fish- salmon, trout
Lemons (lemon juice in the morning with hot water helps to clean the liver)
Grapes and fresh organic grape juice
apples, berries, papaya, pears
Omega 3 oils like flax or hemp. Use these with fresh lemon juice or vinegar on your salads. DO NOT COOK flax oil.

Vegetable juices - Beet and cucumber are especially helpful to gallbladder You can add other green vegetables like tender baby greens, swiss chard, dandelion greens, beet greens, celery, carrots, ginger, tumeric -- avoid the cabbage family)

Avoid all fruit juices except organic grape juice and organic apple (fresh, self-juiced is best). It is wise to dilute with water.

All the vegetables listed above for juicing are good. Use baby mixed organic greens for salads and avoid the bitter greens for now.

Fiber such as found in fruits and vegetables
 
Eggs (Research showed that eggs caused symptoms in up to 95% of patients. Try substituting flax seed gel in recipes that require eggs for the "glue". That's 1 TBSP ground flax seed to 3 TBSP hot water. Let cool and add.)
Pork
Onions
Fowl (turkey, chicken)
Dairy (milk, cheese, cream, butter)
Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, etc.)
Corn
Beans and legumes
Oranges, grapefruit
Nuts
Trans fats,
Hydrogenated, partially-hydrogenated oils
Margarine
Fried Foods
Saturated fats (even coconut oil until feeling better)
Red meats
Coffee, regular or decaf
Spicy foods
Chocolate
Ice cream
Black tea
Alcohol, beer, wine, liqueur
Fruit juice and sugary drinks
Tap water
Turnips
Cabbage, cauliflower
Oats (for some people)


Avoid all artificial sweeteners, sugar, preservatives, refined and bleached foods (like white flour)

Avoid smoking if possible as it can exacerbate the symptoms.

Avoid all possible food allergens.
 
Note: Many greens like collard, mustard and kale, also brussel sprouts and broccoli seem to be a problem for some people. Greens (and especially kale and brussel sprouts) are used by the liver to detoxify. It may be necessary to avoid these until you have done some work with the products as well as diet. Your goal should get to the point where these foods do not cause distress, as they actually target the liver as well as the gallbladder.







I spend nights being sick because of my gallbladder. Last year I went onto the internet and found your website. It changed my life!! I know for a long time that when I eat too much margarine or fatty food that I get very nauseous and have horrible headaches but since I read your website and starting only too eat more beet and cucumber and watch how much margarine I eat my life changed overnight!!! Now if ever I feel a bit nauseous or start to have a headache I just drink Grape juice or apple or eat beet and cucumber and it works like magic.

My aunt battles more from her gallbladder than what I did. Last weekend she came and visit me I gave her your writings that I printed from the Internet. She is also going to use your advice.

Thank you so much! You saved my life from misery. I also enjoy your newsletter.


Greetings,
Charmaine
South Africa
 
             
  GALLBLADDER DIET TIPS  
 
DO NOT OVEREAT

DO NOT EAT UNDER STRESS


EAT ONLY FRESH FOODS - DO NOT
EAT PACKAGED FOODS
    ORGANIC FOOD IS IMPORTANT
ORGANIC
IS IMPORTANT - The liver is the root of the problem here, and the pesticides and herbicides used in commercial fruits and vegetables causes extra burden on the liver and therefore, the gallbladder.
 
             
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  GALLSTONE DIET          
  HELPFUL FOODS   AVOID THESE FOODS   FOR RELIEF FROM GALLSTONE PAIN  
 
Foods Helpful for Gallstones:

USE ORGANIC FOODS

Fresh vegetable juices as mentioned above (beet and cucumber especially)
Drink lots of water - very important
Garlic and garlic oil
Avocados
Artichokes
Ginger root
Coconuts
Grapes and freshly pressed grape juice (organic grapes only) are especially helpful
Apples particularly including apple juice
apricots, berries, casaba melons, currants, figs, guavas, lemons, pears, prunes
Tumeric (organic)
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:

Same list above for general gallbladder problems above. Take special note of the foods most likely to cause gallbladder attacks:

eggs, pork, gluten, onion, fowl, milk, cheese, butter and other dairy, coffee, grapefruit, oranges, corn, beans and nuts, alcohol, 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. Buy organic flax seed from your local health food store or order it online from
Omega Nutrition.

Cucumbers and/or cucumber juice

The Beet Recipe - see below

Maria Ellicot suggests
aloe vera juice for gallbladder pain. Thanks, Maria!

Use the
Gallbladder Starter Kit along with the gallstone diet for quickest relief from symptoms of gallbladder or gallstone pain. Once you are free from pain you can add in the Gallstone Kit to help to dissolve the stones.
 
             
  DIET AFTER SURGERY   FATS TO AVOID / FATS TO INCLUDE  
 
Diet After Gallbladder Surgery:

If you will read the page on gallbladder disease and how you got into trouble in the first place you will begin to understand that 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 on this site 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. (Order my newsletter on Good Fats vs Bad Fats for more in-depth information.)

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 starter kit or gallbladder attack kit or gallbladder stone kit 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. If you have used the beet recipe, you have found that those three ingredients in combination do not cause problems but help to move the stagnation in the gallbladder. 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.
 
  Gallbladder Pain Relief Recipes      
  RECIPE! BEET RECIPE   RECIPE! GREEN SOUP   RECIPE! FLAX SEED TEA  
 
BEET RECIPE
Treatment for Gallbladder Pain

Coarsely grate 1 large organic beet or beetroot (raw) washed (not peeled unless not organic)

Add juice of lemon to taste (about 1/4 lemon
1-2 Tbsps flax oil


(Flax oil is by far the superior choice here as it is an omega 3 essential fatty acid, but if you are insulin resistant, use olive oil.)

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.
 
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.
Puré in a blender.

NOTE: THIS SOUP IS NOT FOR A GALLBLADDER ATTACK! Use the products (Phos Drops) or the Flax Seed Tea. 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.
 
Flax Seed Tea Recipe

Useful during a gallbladder attack.
Boil 1 Tbsp of organic flax seeds in 2 1/2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Steep 10 minutes. Strain and sip slowly.
 
             
  GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN  
 

One of the difficulties in the beginning of a gallbladder diet is getting enough protein. Proteins always come with fats which are often not tolerated. We have found both a rice and a protein shake designed with gallbladders and livers in mind. They both contain herbs that support bile flow and gallbladder and liver function and at the same time, are hypo-allergenic and easy on most to digest. They also contain MCT or medium-chain triglycerides which are absorbed directly by the cells of the gut lining, and converted immediately into energy. The pea protein has the fiber and lectins removed so that it is easy on gallbladders. For more details on this product visit
Clearvite Protein.
         
             
  PREVENTION  
 
PREVENTION:
protective - vitamin c and low alcohol intake and vegetarian diet
Gallstones: Pathogenesis and Treatment
edited by G Adler, H E Blum, M Fuchs,
E F Stange
 
Note:
If you are in severe gallbladder pain, and especially if you also have a fever, consult your doctor immediately. If there is no fever and the pain is mild, or if many foods cause distress or discomfort, use the green soup and beet recipe until you order your gallbladder starter kit or gallbladder attack kit. Only after the discomfort has gone would you be eating a variety of foods.
 
             
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Did You Know?

that lack of fat in your diet can also bring on a gallbladder attack?

that food allergies can also bring on a gallbladder attack? If you are one of those people who never knows what foods will bring on an attack, read about the allergy diet.

 
  Fats are important but it's the right fats that count. If you are in pain now, try the beet recipe which calls for some flax oil.

Research shows that a balanced diet high in cis unsaturated fats
(essential fatty acids) may reduce risk of gallstones, especially in men.(1)
 
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Gallbladder attacks are more common than you may think. Gallstones affect more than 25 million Americans (our total population being 310 million in early 2011). One million new cases of gallstones are diagnosed annually, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.

500,000-700,000 gallbladder removals take place every year in the USA alone, and since the diet of the general American population is not improving, those numbers are rising.

  "Thanks for your web site. Your beet recipe was a great help to me. After suffering pain for more than a week. I went to the doctor and the E.R., but they could not even tell me what was wrong. After the pain got worse I had a CAT scan and the doctor told me he thought it was my gallbladder. After getting frustrated waiting for doctors, my wife found your site. I feel better, but not completely better, and I am very hungry only making veggie and fruit juice, and eating fish, rice, and yams."  

DID YOU KNOW...
that
food allergies can
also bring on a gallbladder attack? If you are one of those people who never knows what foods will bring on an attack, read about the
allergy diet.
 

  I had a significant improvement in my symptoms the day after I talked to Debbie. She told me that there was a reason that grapes were recommended for my problem, so I went home and prepared the grapes. The next evening I felt a great lessening of the pressure and pain in my chest, so whatever was blocking my bile ducts had receded or gotten smaller. In the following days I was able to eat the beet recipe and gradually I've been able to introduce heavier foods with no problems. Of course I'm taking her digestive supplements and will be placing another order soon -and I'm being very vigilant about my diet. I want to thank you all for all the great wisdom I've learned from Debbie and her website. I'm a huge fan. You really helped me out of a tough spot medically. I've learned a great lesson from it.

Thank you. This is the most
helpful site Ive found after my
first full fledged weekend of pain. Time for change.

Day ten on the gall bladder starter kit and the pain is gone. Following the diet regime and taking the supplements and the improvement is amazing. I appreciate all the advice on you website and in the emails and am changing my lifestyle as directed. The results are most gratifying. You know your stuff and present it well. I am most appreciative.
 


     
 

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