Gallbladder issues, pain, attacks, stress, dislike for fatty food, perhaps knee pain, sluggish digestion, lighter color of stool, stool floating, gallstones…
If you experience some of these, check out what I advised a friend of mine on this topic today. Generally these are indications of a certain degree of congestion in the flow of bile; in any of the pathways connected with bile. From bile being too thick to crystallization and gallstones.
Simple physiology: Bile is used to emulsify fat from food in our body (among other jobs). Bile is made in the liver and then stored in the gallbladder. Then, when we need it, appropriate amount of bile is released to assist digestion. Bile flows through bile ducts until it unites with the pancreatic duct in the small intestine.
If you googled too much, you may have found some sort of cleanse involving large amounts of olive oil and e.g. grapefruit juice. This may be fine as a maintenance for some people, however it is rather an abrupt action. Ingesting unnaturally large amounts of fat will require releasing a matching amount of bile. If you do have an existing obstruction, that will be at least very uncomfortable, painful or even dangerous. There is a better way.
This study has shown 60-70% effectiveness in dissolving gallstones with d-limonene. D-limonene is an extract from oil from citrus peels (lemon, orange, grapefruit, mandarin, lime..). It is often used in household countertop cleaners, because it has the power of dissolving grease and grime. It does the same in your body. It is listed as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) and has low toxicity for use up to one year. It is also known to neutralize gastric acid and so relief the occasional heartburn or GERD. It has also been shown to support normal peristalsis.
To my clients with gallstones I recommend:
- Take 1000mg capsule of d-limonene once to twice a day for 1-3 months, with meal.
- For further support of the liver you may also take lecithin twice daily, with food.
To check for signs of possible blockage in bile ducts, look at a marker called ALP “alkaline phosphatase” in your annual labwork. If it’s elevated (even within the reference range) it can be a sign of bile/liver issue.
Keep in mind, that the advice above is only a triage, fast relief. If you don’t change anything else, likely, you will have a new bunch of gallstones after some time or who knows what else. Also removing dis-eased gallbladder doesn’t address the root cause. Remember, it’s rather a storage. Liver will keep on creating bile, perhaps sluggish bile. You need to look further upstream. Dissolving the existing gallstones or destroying the storage room doesn’t resolve the root cause - Why is your bile sluggish? Why are gallstones forming?
Is it about the liver whose one function is that of filtration? Is it because of bad diet? Is it insufficiency in necessary nutrients? Stress? Toxins? Slow motility? Why? Perhaps a bit of everything?
And this is exactly what I work on with my clients. We do additional detective work tailored specifically for that unique individual (everyone is different) and we come with a pretty good solution and lasting results.
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