Gallbladder sludge is something that many people have in their gallbladder without even knowing. However once you start having a few pains in the stomach or chest area, and possibly the upper back as well in my case, you may be given an ultrasound and the radiologist will see it on the screen fairly clearly. You may find that you just have a bit of gallbladder sludge floating around in the gallbladder, but you may also have fully formed gallstones in there as well.
So what exactly is gallbladder sludge?
Well the gallbladder is an important organ that stores bile and releases it into the intestine when needed in order to help the digestive process. The trouble is that on occasions the gallbladder can fail to function properly and as a result it doesn’t fully expel all of the bile that is needed. This leads to a build up of gallbladder sludge which is basically a mixture of bile, cholesterol and calcium particles.
If you have gallbladder sludge in your gallbladder for a long period of time, the danger is that this will increase the chances of gallstones forming. When this happens, this can often lead to blockages because if one of these gallstones gets too big, they can partially or fully block the bile duct, which is where the bile is released. This then leads to pain and is where you first start to experience gallbladder or gallbladder sludge symptoms.
If you are lucky the gallbladder sludge may exit the gallbladder by itself if is still functioning very well, and you may even pass a few gallstones naturally if they are still relatively small.
However in some cases you may be advised to have surgery to have the gallbladder removed if the sludge or stones become too troublesome. For example it may be recommended if you are having multiple attacks quite regularly and the sludge and/or stones is leading to inflammation and pain, or possibly blockages, which can sometimes happen.
If you don’t wish to have this organ removed, then you do have other options. You could try doing a liver/gallbladder flush which aims to flush out the stones and the sludge. This involves fasting on apple juice for around 5 days, and then taking epsom salts and an olive oil and lemon juice mixture on the day of the flush. Alternatively you could take various herbal supplements to help the gallbladder function properly and to help eliminate the sludge.
In some cases it may be best just to leave it alone if it is not currently causing any problems and the gallbladder is still functioning normally. It may just be the result of circumstance, for example if you are pregnant or if you have recently been on a crash diet. However whatever you do, you should always talk things through with your doctor because they will help you decide on the best gallbladder sludge treatment for you.
If you want to read more about how you can successfully treat gallstones and gallbladder sludge, I suggest you check out this excellent report. In this comprehensive guide you will learn:
- how to flush out gallstones and gallbladder sludge safely and effectively (this particular flush includes a few additional supplements not found in many other flushes for improved results)
- which foods you should be eating to prevent new stones forming and to eliminate existing gallstones (as well as which foods you should avoid)
- which herbal supplements you should be taking to increase bile flow and to eliminate toxins and gallstones from your gallbladder
In short you will learn how you can treat this condition without having to resort to surgery and removing this vital organ. Here’s the link again if you want to find out more.