What is it?
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ situated under the liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by the liver to digest fat. As the stomach and intestines digest food, the gallbladder releases bile through a tube called the common bile duct. The duct connects the gallbladder and liver to the small intestine.
The gallbladder is most likely to give trouble if something blocks the flow of bile through the bile ducts. That is usually a gallstone. Gallstones form when substances in bile harden. Gallstone attacks usually happen after eating food high in fat content. . It is most common in older adults, women and overweights.
What are the symptoms?
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Stomach pain
- Mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of apple juice. Drink it whenever you have a gallstone attack. This will significantly ease the pain within 15 minutes.
- Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to a glass of warm water. Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning. Doing this regularly for weeks can dissolve gallstones and prevent pain.
- Drink fresh juice squeezed from 4 lemons each day on an empty stomach. Follow the drink with a glass of water. Continue this therapy for a week.
- Alternatively, you can drink 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed in a glass of warm water every day on an empty stomach. Continue this treatment for several weeks until the gallstones are eliminated from the body.
- Add 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water . Remove from heat, cover and rest for 5 minutes. Strain and sweeten with a little honey. Drink this while it is still warm, twice daily for 4 to 6 weeks. Drink it between meals for maximum results.
- Extract the juice from 1 beetroot, 1 cucumber and 4 medium-size carrots. Mix them and drink this juice twice a day. Follow this remedy for 2 weeks.
- Avoid eating too many foods with a high saturated fat content like ghee, cheese, cakes etc
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis
- Avoid being overweight. Obesity increases the amount of cholesterol in your bile, which ultimately increases the incidence of formation of gallstones
- Avoid low-calorie, rapid-weight-loss diets
Things to watch out for
Contact your GP if you have episodes of colicky abdominal pain If symptoms are mild and infrequent, you may be prescribed painkillers to control pain and an advice about eating a healthy diet to control further episodes If symptoms are more severe and frequent, surgery to remove the gallbladder is usually recommended.