In this article I want to discuss how a good gallstones diet can help ease your gallstones symptoms and possibly help you dissolve and pass the stones as well. However before I do, I should point out that I am not a medical expert or professional. I have simply compiled this information from various resources (this guide is the best one I have come across so far) after experiencing gallbladder problems myself.
I will start off by discussing which foods you should avoid first of all. The general rule is that you should avoid fatty foods and fried foods. These foods will force the gallbladder to contract and expel bile, so if you have inflammation or a blockage, then your symptoms will obviously get worse whenever you eat these foods.
That’s not to say you should avoid all fats, however, because if you stick to a completely low fat dies then your gallbladder will not have to work as hard and will not be releasing so much bile. So this could create even more gallbladder sludge which in turn may contribute to the formation of gallstones.
You should avoid processed foods that contain a lot of saturated fat, but some kinds of fats are okay such as those found in flax oil, for example, as long as they are taken in moderation. You should also stop drinking alcohol and stop eating many foods rich in cholesterol and dairy products such as eggs, milk, cheese and butter. It is also recommended that you limit your intake of meat (particularly pork in my experience), chocolate and foods rich in salt or sugar.
However if you are anything like me, you will soon discover for yourself which foods you should avoid because the pain usually worsens soon after you eat a particular meal or snack.
So after avoiding all of these foods, what foods should you eat if you want to stick to a good gallstones diet?
Well for a start you should be eating plenty of fruit and ideally drinking plenty of fruit juice as well. Apples and apple juice are thought to be good for softening stones, which could help them to pass, but you can include most fruits in a typical gallstones diet.
You also want to be eating plenty of vegetables on a daily basis. You should do this anyway, but it is helpful for gallstone sufferers because they are low in fat and high in fibre, which is the two main criteria that you should look for when deciding what to include in your gallbladder diet.
I always eat a bowl of bran flakes every morning, and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables during the rest of the day. I also drink plenty of water and fruit juice. Tea and coffee are not recommended if you have problems with gallstones.
Some more foods that are also said to be good for gallstones sufferers include garlic, avocados, ginger root, turmeric, radishes, beets and grains.
However the general rule, as I have already mentioned above, is that a good gallstones diet is one that is low in fat and high in fibre. Follow this rule and you should hopefully reduce your gallbladder attacks and help to keep the pain away.
For more information about what foods you should avoid, and which foods actually help dissolve gallstones, I suggest you check out this comprehensive Gallstones report.
Here you will learn which herbal supplements can help ease your symptoms and dissolve gallstones, and you can also read all about a safe and effective flush that you can do that will help remove stones from your liver and gallbladder.