Gallbladder stones (aka gallstones) are deposits of hardened bile that collect in the gallbladder. The liver produces bile, a thick substance used in the digestion of fats. Bile is made up of cholesterol, water, proteins, bilirubin (a breakdown product from blood cells), bile salts (the chemicals necessary to digest fat), and small amounts of copper or other materials.
If the chemical balance of bile contains too much of any of these components, particularly of cholesterol, crystals form and can harden into stones. 10% of the population have gallbladder stones.
All gallbladder stones start off negligible in size and much like hailstones can keep growing until they, in rare instances, reach golf ball size. Usually they are the size of kernels of corn and look like tiny rocks.
Trouble brews when larger (>8mm) gallbladder stones migrate into one of the many ducts that connect the gallbladder to other organs and this happens in about 2% of the people with gallbladder stones. They get stuck and can cause a gallbladder attack. Removal of the gallbladder at a cost of about $17,000 (average $2,500 deductible with insurance) often follows although non-invasive alternatives are available. Click here for a good one.
Gallbladder stones can occur in anyone but there are risk factors and they include:
- high triglyceride levels (lowering carbohydrate intake and fish oil can fix this)
- women are more prone
- older people are more susceptible
- pregnancy increases risk
- rapid weight loss (big risk factor)
- Crohn’s disease
If you have been diagnosed with recurring gallbladder stones, then surgical removal of the gallbladder is is often recommended. There are other options to try and some have met with considerable success. The Gallbladder Stone Removal Report is one particularly good one.
Gallbladder stones symptoms vary from nothing at all to excruciating pain. Gallbladder stones treatments include natural methods and surgical methods.
Can your body actually naturally pass gallbladder stones? I get this question a lot in my e-mail inbox? It seems like most sufferers are extremely skeptical of eliminating gallbladder stones the natural way.
I personally blame hospitals and doctors for the stigma on natural health when it comes to gallbladder stones. In the United States, there are well over half a million gallbladder surgeries performed each year. This spells billions and billions of dollars for hospitals and surgeons.
Unfortunately, removing your organ, the gallbladder, can be disastrous to your health and you can avoid surgery by naturally passing your gallstones with simple remedies.
In this article, you will learn a few simple tips to begin your home treatment to painlessly pass gallbladder stones.
Eliminating Gallstones Naturally
Did you know that having your gallbladder removed can increase your risk of both bowel and colon cancers? That is why many sufferers are now trying natural remedies before they have their surgeon remove their organ.
If you are nervous about losing your gallbladder, you may want to consider naturally passing your gallbladder stones with simple tips.
Using your diet, vitamins and remedies can actually help you pass your gallbladder stones naturally.
Here are some tips to begin your alternative treatment.
1. To begin your treatment, you should immediately avoid high fat foods and high cholesterol foods. This will help with the purging of the gallbladder stones which are primarily composed of hardened cholesterol.
Eating 5-7 servings of vegetables can help with the cleansing of the liver, colon and gallbladder. Because vegetables contain lots of fiber they will naturally flush these organs.
2. You should also be regularly supplementing safflower seed oil which is thought to stimulate the gallbladder. When combined with essential fatty acids (salmon and tuna), safflower seed oil is very efficient at eliminating toxic build up in the gallbladder. You should supplement at least 2 teaspoons daily.
Research shows that eliminating toxins in the body will make the gallbladder and liver run more effectively.
3. Milk thistle is also extremely popular because it cleanses the liver and stimulates bile production. In one study, silymarin (the active component in milk thistle) was shown to reduce cholesterol levels in bile. With less cholesterol build up in the gallbladder, the stones are much more likely to be flushed. The recommended use is 600 mg of milk thistle extract per day.
4. Living healthier is another way to help your stones pass. Simply drinking more water is a simple way to help your gallstones pass. Exercising regularly is another way. Eating smaller meals (5-6 per day) can help your gallbladder purge the stones but also boost your metabolism to help you lose weight.