Gallstones are solid pieces of matter that are found in the gallbladder. These are formed when cholesterol particles, calcium deposits, and other substances are combined in bile. Gallstones may vary in size, shape, and composition.
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Who’s at the risk of developing gallstone?
Gallstones are most common in:
- people over the age of 40
- people who are overweight or obese
Other risk factors for gallstones include:
- poor diet
- losing weight too quickly
- the family history of gallstones
- lack of physical activity
- low HDL (good) cholesterol
Some of the common symptoms are:
- pain in the abdomen
- tension in the stomach, intestines and other organs, especially after consuming high protein food
- Severe pain in the upper-right side of the abdomen, which may last up to 30 minutes.
- pain in the right shoulder
How to cure gallstones without surgery?
While surgery is one option to treat gallstones, people who don’t want to undergo this scary medical procedure can follow the given methods to treat gallstones naturally.
1. Maintain healthy body weight
Being overweight often increases your chances of having gallstones. So, it's better to maintain your body weight within a healthy range. Along with exercise, you can have the proper diet to keep your body healthy.
2. Avoid rapid weight loss
Obesity is not good for health, but that doesn’t mean that you start looking for options to reduce your weight quickly. A rapid weight loss can trigger many deficiencies, such as electrolyte imbalances and other health risks. So, you need to lose weight following a set exercise pattern and having a nutritional diet. As per experts, losing between a half pound to two pounds every week is healthy.
3. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet supporting gallbladder health
Your diet can have a dramatic impact on liver and gallbladder health. So, you need to have food that improves the condition of liver and gallbladder and further reduces chances of inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet can lower high-estrogen foods that release excessive estrogen. You need to have high-fiber food, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and gluten-free grains.
Avoid processed foods as they contain less fiber. Fat consumption should include only digestible healthy fats such as fish oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. To help cleanse the liver, you need to remove the following foods from your diet:
- refined sugar
- hydrogenated oils (such as sunflower or safflower oil)
- convenience foods
- lunch/deli meats
- excess alcohol
- farm-raised animal products or dairy products
4. Be more active
Active people have more protection against gallstones. So, you simply cannot afford to miss exercise. A regular physical activity is necessary to improve your overall health. It is also helpful in maintaining a healthy weight without any need of dieting. A regular 30-60 minutes of exercise is recommended for most adults. You can begin with moderate exercises and over time reach out to high-intensity workouts, such as HIIT or burst training.
5. Reconsider taking birth control pills and other medicaments
Birth control pills and some hormonal medications are known to increase the body’s estrogen stores. These pills may influence cholesterol production and storage in your body. According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, women who are taking oral contraceptives are at higher risk of gallbladder stones. This is because oral contraceptives may cause the drastic hormonal imbalance in your body and it can also affect your liver or bladder cells. For those who have gallstones running in their family, you need to consult your doctor before taking birth control pills or go for non-hormonal birth control options.