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Gallstone Diet: 6 Easy Foods That Prevent Gallstones

Gallstone Diet: When small, crystal-like stones develop inside the gallbladder, they are known as gallbladder stones or gallstones. Here's how you can prevent these stones with the help of food.

Gallstone Diet: 6 Easy Foods That Prevent Gallstones

Gallbladder diet: Skipping meals can lead to the formation of gallstones

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Gallstones can be formed by the deposits of the bile pigment
  2. Drinking fruit and vegetable juices can also help you prevent gallstones
  3. Iron deficiency also contributes to the formation of gallstones

The gallbladder is a little organ present close to your liver. It releases bile, the pigment produced by the liver and responsible for digesting fats in the body. You may feel that an organ as tiny as the gallbladder may not give you too much trouble. However, there's one health problem related to this organ which is becoming increasingly common now. They are gallbladder stones. When small, crystal-like stones develop inside the gallbladder, they are known as gallbladder stones or gallstones. They can be formed either by the deposits of the bile pigment or due to cholesterol. These form when bile combines with calcium salts.

Also read: Gallbladder Stones: Symptoms, Causes And Risks

Surprisingly, the actual cause of these stones is still unknown. But the following are believed to be contributing factors:

1. Increased bile cholesterol levels

2. Lack of bile salts


3. Concentrated bile

4. Obesity

5. Unbalanced, unhealthy diet

Following a gallstone diet can help you prevent gallstones naturally.

Also read: Here's The Best Diet Plan To Follow Post Gallbladder Removal Surgery

Here's a list of the 6 best foods which will help you prevent gallstones naturally.

1. Turmeric

Most of the health benefits of turmeric are attributed to curcumin. One such benefit is the prevention of gallstones. Turmeric works by improving the flow of bile from the gallbladder, thereby improving fat digestion in the body and reducing the risk of gallstones as well. It also cuts down cholesterol levels and other gallstone-forming components. Add one teaspoon or one tablespoon of turmeric to your food, milk or simply have it with water and honey. Adding black pepper can enhance curcumin absorption in the body. However, if you are on blood-thinning medication, avoid taking turmeric.

 
turmericTurmeric works by improving the flow of bile from the gallbladder
 

2. Fruits and vegetables

Gallbladder and liver remove toxins from your body. So it is important to keep them free from toxins as well. One of the best ways of doing that is by sticking to a healthy, balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables. Foods like lemons, celery, and tomatoes detoxify your body and reduce inflammation in the liver and gallbladder. Drinking fruit and vegetable juices can also help you achieve the same goal.

 
tomatoesFoods like lemons, celery and tomatoes detoxify your body
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3. Healthy fats

Not all fats are unhealthy, some of them are necessary for your body. Healthy fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated help in boosting your good cholesterol levels, thereby cutting down on bad cholesterol. This way, your risk of gallstones is reduced. Olive oil, sardines, mackerel, salmon and trout boost your healthy fat levels.

 
olive oilNot all fats are unhealthy, some of them are necessary for your body
 
Also read: 10 Amazing Benefits Of Olive Oil You Must Know

4. Coffee

Coffee is usually seen with a suspicious eye due to its caffeine content. But the negative effects only take place when you exceed the safe limit. One or two cups of coffee in a day would help in lowering your risk of gallstones. This is attributed to the ability of caffeine to stimulate bile flow. Check with your doctor as to how much caffeine can be good for you.

 
coffeeOne or two cups of coffee in a day would help in lowering your risk of gallstones
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Also read: Black Coffee: 7 Amazing Health Benefits Of Black Coffee
 

5. Fiber-rich foods

Eating high-fiber foods can be helpful in lowering the cholesterol accumulation in bile, thereby reducing the risk of gallstones. Foods like legumes, mangoes, whole grains, oranges, apricots, flaxseeds, sweet potato, grapefruit, barley and turnips can reduce your risk of gallstones. Try a good combination of any of these foods to get maximum fiber in all your meals.

 
flaxseedsEating high-fiber foods can be helpful in lowering the cholesterol accumulation in bile
 

6. Iron-rich foods

Iron deficiency also contributes to the formation of gallstones. Fill up on iron-rich foods like kale, spinach and whole grains. These foods boost your cholesterol metabolism thereby reducing your risk of gallstones.

 
spinachIron deficiency also contributes to the formation of gallstones
 
Also read: Boost Your Iron Levels By Eating These Foods

Besides these, here are some diet tips which can help you prevent gallstones naturally.

1. Do not skip meals

2. Eat a balanced diet

3. Maintain a healthy BMI

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information. 

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