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Gallbladder Cleanse ~ Gallbladder Stones

A liver gallbladder cleanse, also called a liver gallbladder flush, has helped many people eliminate gallstones and improve digestion, particularly of fatty foods.

However, the gall bladder flush should be done at a later stage of detoxification, rather than as a first or stand-alone remedy.

Gallbladder disease or dysfunction is mostly a result of the liver being stressed and not functioning well. The gallbladder is simply a 'holding tank' for the bile that is produced in the liver.

A dysfunctional liver tends to produce toxic unhealthy bile which can become sludge in the gallbladder and precipitate out, causing the formation of gallbladder stones.

picture of gallbladder and liver

Simply doing a gallbladder cleanse will perhaps get rid of a symptom of liver dysfunction - the gallstones, but it will not heal the cause of liver-gallbladder dysfunction. To improve gall bladder problems, you must improve the quality of the bile by improving liver function.

In addition to cleansing the organ systems, a holistic detoxification program will also address nutrition and other healthy lifestyle changes.

What is the gallbladder and where is the gall bladder located?
The gall bladder is a small muscular pear-shaped organ situated directly under the liver, which is located under the right rib cage.

What is the function of the gall bladder?
The main gallbladder function is to collect and concentrate the bile that has been produced in the liver. When your body senses fat in your diet, the gallbladder contracts and pushes bile through a duct into the small intestine where it breaks down fat.

Keep the bile flowing!
Once toxins are modified by the liver, they have to be eliminated from the body as soon as possible. The liver combines most of the fat-soluble toxins with bile so they can soon be eliminated via the colon. When bile flow is inhibited, toxins stay in the liver longer.

This suppression of bile flow is called cholestasis and has several causes. An obstruction of the bile ducts can be caused by gallstones or parasites. The most common reason for cholestasis within the liver is from a common condition known as 'fatty liver'. Some common causes of fatty infiltration of the liver are obesity, alcohol ingestion, and a low fiber - high saturated fat diet.

What are gallbladder stones composed of?
About 80% of gall stones are composed mostly of cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol is not a major risk factor here. The liver produces cholesterol and when the liver is sluggish or dysfunctional, the excess cholesterol in the bile can become concentrated and form stones. Other less common types of stones are brown or black bile pigment stones.

What are symptoms of gallbladder disease or gallbladder inflammation?
Gallbladder dysfunction is often asymptomatic, but may sometimes produce these gallbladder symptoms:

  • nausea and indigestion, especially after eating a fatty meal
  • pain or dull ache in the gallbladder area below the right rib cage - gallbladder pain can radiate through to the back (gallbladder back pain) or to the right shoulder
  • gallbladder attack (biliary colic) - sharp cramping pain, sometimes with vomiting; usually after a fatty meal when the gallbladder goes into spasm trying to release bile for digestion
  • jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes when there are bile pigments in the blood caused by a backup of bile - such as from a gallstone in the common bile duct.

Can I do a gallbladder cleanse even if my gall bladder has been removed?
Absolutely yes, especially if the underlying problem of toxic bile wasn't corrected after gallbladder removal. There are bile ducts within the liver and outside of the liver leading to the intestines. If the liver is still producing toxic bile, stones & gravel may form in those bile ducts.

The Gallbladder Flush

This gallbladder cleanse will flush gallstones for many people, but I want to again remind you that it's best to do this as part of a systematic, holistic detoxification program.

Here are some things to consider...

  • If you have a gallbladder that is packed with stones, they may get jammed up at the opening or within the gallbladder duct causing biliary colic or spasm.
  • If you have a particularly large stone, it could block or tear a duct and necessitate emergency surgery.
  • If you haven't recently done the colon-parasite cleanse, you may have parasites in your liver or ducts. This could partially or completely block the passage of the gallstones.
  • The liver-gallbladder detox should be done after the colon-parasite cleanse and kidney cleanse. If you're pretty certain you have gallstones, you should adhere to the principles of the liver cleansing diet for at least a few months before doing the gall bladder flush. Read Dr. Sandra Cabot's book The Liver Cleansing Diet for details.
  • You can take a supplement such as Stone Free from Planetary Herbals for a couple of months before the gallbladder cleanse. This will help to dissolve gallstones naturally and soften them to allow for easier passage.

Note: It's best to begin the gallbladder cleanse on a Tuesday or Wednesday. That way, the final 5th day will be on a Saturday or Sunday and you'll be at home relaxed and near a bathroom. If your days off are not on a weekend, plan your start day accordingly.

What 'gallbladder diet' foods are best to eat during the five-day gallbladder cleanse?

Eat organic fruits in the morning - cherries, figs, watermelon, kiwi, plums, pears, apples, papaya, and grapefruit. Try to get these fresh, but organic frozen can be substituted.

Organic vegetables, including salads and homemade soups, for the afternoon and evening meals - such as artichoke, asparagus, avocado, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, garlic, lettuce, onions, and spinach

Organic raw nuts and seeds for snacks - sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts

Ingredient list for the gallbladder cleanse:

  1. Dr. Group's Body Cleanse Starter Kit - includes Livatrex, Oxy-Powder, and Latero-Flora.
  2. One gallon of fresh organic, unfiltered apple juice. The malic acid in the apple juice helps to soften and dissolve the gallstones. If you have access to a juicer, it's best to use fresh juice.

    Alternatively, if you have blood sugar issues such as diabetes, a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of purified water and sipped slowly during every meal can be taken to help dissolve the stones.

  3. The GHC Oxy-Powder will clean your intestines in preparation for the easy elimination of liver and gallbladder stones.
  4. Three tablespoons of Epsom Salts; The magnesium in the Epsom Salts relaxes the gallbladder sphincter and bile ducts, allowing for easier passage of the softened stones.
  5. A small bottle of organic apple cider vinegar
  6. Six ounces EVOOO - extra virgin organic olive oil
  7. Enough lemon or grapefruit to make 2 to 3 ounces of fresh juice
  8. Healthy food to eat during the liver-gallbladder cleanse - organic fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts as discussed above

How to do the liver-gallbladder cleanse:

Read the detailed instructions for doing the liver gallbladder cleanse here.

For additional information, refer to the liver-gallbladder FAQ page.

Note: It may be necessary to repeat the gallbladder flush 3 times in a row with a break of 5 to 10 days between each cleanse.

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