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Diet for grandmothers with Gallstone

My 85 year old grandmother has been diagnosed with gallstones. Surgery is not an option right now. What type of diet does she need to be on?
(October 12, 2010)

How To Dissolve Gallstone Naturally 

Gallstones are a common condition to be suffering from and essentially pebble like substances that develop within the gallbladder. Studies show that as many as about 20% of the entire adult population of the United States of America suffers from gallstones with the symptoms not necessarily being very prominent in all of them – usually only noticeable in about 1% to 3% of those affected. The effect that the development of gallstones has on the functionality of the human body include substantial pain and inflammation within the gallbladder as well as an obstruction – preventing the bile produced within the gallbladder from being transported to parts of the body where it is required. For instance, one of the more highly recommended gallstone recipes is to boil about a single tablespoon of flaxseed in 2 ½ cups of water for about 5 minutes and steep for a period of about 10 minutes. Proceed to straining the concoction and sip it slowly after having strained it.

You will starts to experience a definite improvement in the amount of pain you were experiencing previously. The question of ‘does lemon juice dissolve gallstones’ is regularly asked by most sufferers and the truth is that the acidic properties help cleanse the lover, the colon as well as the gall bladder. Doctors recommend that the best foods to help dissolve gallstones are always ones that are rich in water-soluble fiber content as they play an important role in helping the bowels and digestive system function properly and efficiently. Vegetables are a very important addition to your diet and some of the best vegetables include dried peas, kidney beans, corn, green beans and broccoli. More on diet for gallstones

The pain present when suffering from gallstones can last from anywhere between a few minutes to a couple of hours while the patient is also likely to experience a rather sharp pain under his right shoulder.  The development of a fever, vomiting, a headache and yellowish coloring of the whites in the eyes are other common symptoms of the presence of gall stones. Dissolving gallstones is really the only way to naturally get rid of the condition. Before we get into the details of the foods and various recipes for dissolving gallstones, it is as important to keep in mind the types of foods that should be avoided at all costs. Some of these foods include cheese, cream, chocolate, butter, oils and cheesy pasta sauces. When it comes to your choices of what to eat to dissolve gallstones you will be instructed to make sure that you consume foods that have a rather low fat count. Because of the fact that suffering from gallstones is such a common condition, there are a number of home remedies that have been developed all over the world to help an individual in dissolving gallstones. Also read gallbladder diet

Apple Juice for Gallstones

Juices, especially apple juice to dissolve gallstones, are also known to be very effective treatment options. One of the most effective dissolving gallstones remedies is a three day plan in which you drink apple juice on the first two days and, on the night of the second day, you drink a mixture of three ounces of fresh squeezed lemon combined with another three ounces of dark olive oil. Drink this concoction in small amounts every fifteen or twenty minutes until you have finished it and by the third day it should cure gallstones naturally. Because of the fact that the pain can be rather excruciating when it comes to dealing with gallstones, most of the initial treatment as well as diet plans are based around making sure that the pain is controlled as much as possible.

Another very effective method of dissolving gallstones naturally is to consume rather large amounts of apple as well as citrus fruits as they contain a substance known as pectin that is extremely beneficial when dealing with gallstones. While it is important to know how to dissolve gallstones, it is equally important to have a clear picture about how to prevent their development. For instance, there are a number of natural infusions that are considered to be extremely effective when it comes to preventing the development of gallstones such as an infusion created with 1 part each of dandelion, fringe tree bark, Oregon grape and wahoo as well as 2 parts of marshmallow root taken orally. Lastly, the gallstone diet foods should include lots of nutrients, vitamins and carbohydrates to make you healthy and strong.

When it comes to dissolving gallstones naturally, it is also important to be aware of the various foods that it is important to avoid. Some of the foods that should be avoided include carbonated beverages, tea, coffee and alcohol. One should also make it a point to avoid any kinds of artificial sweeteners, eggs, poultry products as well as ice cream and anything that contains refined sugar. Also make it a point to increase the intake of foods like sweet potatoes, green beans, cucumber and avocados.

All said and done, the only permanent solution to get rid of gallstones is surgery. One of the best diets after gallbladder removal surgery is known as the Beet Recipe. The beet recipe requires you to coarsely grate a large organic beetroot that has been washed and add the juice extracted from ¼ lemon before adding about ½ tablespoon of flaxseed oil. This concoction should be taken in quantities of about 1 teaspoon every hour throughout the course of the day. This mixture can also be added as a dressing to any of your salads and any other preparations that you might have. Beets are known to be one of the best and most effective treatment options available for both the liver as well as the gallbladder. Another very important aspect of gallstone removal or dissolution is to make sure that you avoid any kind of alcoholic intake as this is known to not only contribute the pain that one experiences, but also to amplify it significantly.  

Submitted by N on October 12, 2010 at 12:53


Gallstones are tiny, round substance that are formed in the gallbladder. Gallstones are formed when the bile that is stored in the gallbladder contains excess amounts of bilirubin (a waste product), cholesterol or bile salts. Excess of these substances turns the bile liquid into tiny pieces of stone-like substances. Since you have already got a medical opinion and your grandmother has been diagnosed with gallstones, it is advisable to continue with any medication that might be prescribed by the physician, as it is not possible to treat this problem with natural remedies alone. You can try out the following natural remedies, although there is no guarantee that they will work, especially in your grandmother's case. Be very careful while administrating these remedies to your grandmother, she should not develop any other complications because of this. These remedies should be able to at least ease her pain, if nothing else.

One the most tried and tested remedies for dissolving gallstones is the consumption of huge quantities of club soda. Club soda helps in dissolving the gallstones very effectively. Apple juice is another drink that is highly beneficial in taking care of gallstones. However, make sure the apple juice is freshly squeezed and not canned. Another fruit that works wonders with gallstones is pears. She can either eat these fruits (apples and pears) or else have their juices. Both ways will work just fine at dissolving gallstones.

Olive oil is another ingredient that you can try out. Even though it is advisable to drink olive oil for this aliment, in your grandmother's case it would be advisable to include it in her food, that is, cook all her food in olive oil, add it to her salad, and so on. Adding one teaspoon of olive oil to a tall glass of warm milk is another way of administrating olive oil to your grandmother. Gallstones are very common in people who are overweight. Therefore, people with gallstone problem need to keep their weight in check. If your grandmother is overweight, you will also need to take care of that as well. Excess weight does cause strain on the gallbladder and this can worsen her situation. In certain cases, intake of drinking colas is advised. But in your grandmother's case, that would not be advisable, as it might lead to other complications. Last but not the least; make sure that your grandmother drinks lots of water. Consumption of at least 8 liters of water will really help.

Submitted by M S on July 28, 2008 at 05:22


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