Gallstones

Diet

  1. Excessive carbohydrate intake can increase risk of gall stones.
  2. Vegetarian diet has been shown to decrease the risk of stones.
  3. Make sure that you get at least 10 grams of fat daily. Lower amounts can result in a sluggish gallbladder that can lead to stones.
  4. Control for food allergies. The biggest culprits pertaining to gall stones are:
    1. Eggs (most important)
    2. Milk
    3. Citrus
    4. Pork
    5. Onions
    6. Fowl
    7. Corn
    8. Beans
    9. Nuts
  5. Replace wheat with buckwheat which has been shown to protect against gallstones.
  6. Limit sugar.
  7. Cut calories to below 2000-2500 calories. Intake higher than 2500 calories daily can increase risk.
  8. Do not lower calories too much as this too can lead to gallstones.
  9. Fish intake may decrease risk of stones.
  10. A little coffee may be protective.
  11. Increase fiber intake.

Lifestyle

  1. Drink plenty of water. Proper hydration assures that the bile flows properly.When pursuing a weight loss program, never do crash diets as fast weight loss can result in gall stones.
  2. Medications can significantly increase gall stone formation. Such medications include but are not limited to:
    1. Hormones
    2. Birth control
    3. Cholesterol-lowering drugs
    4. Cephalosporin
    5. Tamoxifen
  3. Stress may increase risk of stones so keep a level head.
  4. Limit sunbathing as this is a possible risk factor.
  5. Obesity increases risk of gall stones, slow and sustained weight loss can result is a significant lowering of risk.

Supplements

  1. Euromega Omega-3 – 2 Tablets Once Daily.
  2. Lecithin 1200 mg – 2 capsules twice daily.
  3. Fibermend – 1 Scoop once daily.
  4. Bile Acid Factors – 1 tablet with each meal.
  5. Artichoke Leaf Extract 500 mg – 1 capsule twice daily.

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