Is Your Gallbladder Healthy? 10 Signs It May Not Be, And What To Do About It

Your gallbladder, a small organ that sits just below your liver and is important in releasing bile (produced by the liver) into the intestines and helps break down fats. However, many Americans experience problems with their gallbladders, which leads to a change of diet or the removal of the organ altogether.

Depending on risk factors such as gender, age, and lifestyle, you can develop gallstones that block the flow of bile, or you can develop a range of gallbladder diseases.

According to a World Gastroenterology Organisation report, gallbladder stones are increasingly becoming a global health burden. The report has shown that more than 85 percent of people residing in developed countries are diagnosed with cholesterol gallstones.

Dr. Manny Alvarez, chairman of the obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science department at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, has listed 10 telltale signs of gallbladder problems. According to the expert, these signs include:

1. Nausea or vomiting: According to the expert, these symptoms go hand-in-hand with other indicators of gallbladder issues.

2. Chest pain: The organ’s location in the upper abdominal area causes pain to resonate in the chest, the doctor said.

3. Abdominal pain after meals: The physician notes that abdominal pain associated with gallbladder problems commonly occur around meal time, especially after a high-fat meal.

4. Fever and chills: If you develop a fever and chills (usually accompanied by abdominal pain) then you may be dealing with a gallbladder problem.

5. Jaundice: Gallstones inhibiting the movement of bile across the body will result in eventual accumulation of bilirubin. Excessive bilirubin concentrations cause the yellowing of the skin or eyes.

6. Intermittent abdominal pain: Abdominal pain associated with gallbladder blockage may last up to several hours but may not happen at regular intervals. The pain might be caused by the organ’s contractions in an attempt to clear the blockage.

7. Heartburn and indigestion: These conditions occur due in part to the digestive tract’s limited ability to effectively metabolize food.

8. Chronic diarrhea: Chronic diarrhea is caused by the digestive system’s reduced metabolic capacity.

9. Urine/stool color changes: People suffering from gallbladder conditions may observe a darker-colored urine or pale, clay-colored stool.

10. Painful breathing: The gallbladder’s location is also associated with the painful breathing sensation in people who suffer from gallbladder issues.

Natural gallbladder detox may help relieve the condition

Gallbladder detox is one way of eliminating the unwanted toxins and formation of gallbladder stones in the organ. Listed below is detox tip that may help relieve gallbladder stones.

Liver gallbladder flush protocol

First of all, you’ll need the following ingredients to perform the flush:

  • Organic apples (you can also use a malic acid supplement)
  • Epsom salts (food grade only)
  • Organic, extra virgin, olive oil
  • Organic lemons

The apples are an important component, as the malic acid in them will help soften and break down the stones. On the other hand, Epsom salts help dilate the bile ducts to avoid any getting stuck as they pass through.

Day 1 to 5

In these 5 days, you want to eat as lightly as possible making sure to consume no fats, sugar, dairy or animal protein. Each day for 5 days, you will want to:
  • Consume 1 liter of freshly pressed apple juice or eat 8 apples throughout the day (every couple of hours you should consume an apple or some juice). If you make juice, feel free to add some parsley, ginger, and turmeric.
  • Drink some tea, preferably something good for your liver such as dandelion or Chaga tea.
  • Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water.

Day 6

  • Consume your last liter of apple juice, or eat 3-4 apples, prior to 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. – Mix 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts (food grade) in 3 cups of purified water (make sure it’s filtered properly). Put in the fridge. Do not eat anything after this.
  • 6 p.m. – Drink 3/4 cup of the Epsom salt water mixture.
  • 8 p.m. – Drink another 3/4 cup of the Epsom salt water mixture.
  • 9:45 p.m. – Pour 1/2 cup of pure, organic olive oil into a jar. Juice 3 lemons and add into the jar. Close, and shake until liquid.
  • 10 p.m. – Drink the olive oil mixture. Lay down immediately on the right side with knees up toward the chin. Stay still, and try to go to sleep.

At this point, it is important to note that an “evacuation” of your bowels is likely about to occur, and will likely result in a trip to the bathroom every 2-3 hours for the next 24 hours. At this time, you may notice small brown or greenish colored “stones”, in a range of sizes, in the toilet.

Day 7

  • Upon waking up, drink the 3rd 3/4 cup dose of Epsom salt mixture. Go back to sleep if possible.
  • Two hours later, drink the last dose of Epsom salts.
  • As you transition to your normal diet, focus on more liquids for lunch and moving slowly to fruit. Eat light for dinner (think salad, soup, or a smoothie).

Upon successful completion, your bowel movements may take a day or two to normalize. You may feel a bit fresher and lighter if you were able to successfully remove stones, and you may also notice an increased ability to digest healthy fats more effectively.