Let Us Elaborate…
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped pouch situated beneath the liver. The main function of the gallbladder is to store bile which is produced by the liver. Bile helps to break down and digest the fats from the food we eat. When we eat fatty foods, it is the bile that is released from the gallbladder into the small intestine that emulsifies the fat.
The most common problem that occurs in the gallbladder is the formation of gallstones. A gallstone is a small, hard crystalline mass formed in the gallbladder or bile ducts from bile pigments, cholesterol and calcium salts. Gallstones can cause severe pain and blockage of the bile duct, sometimes resulting in the need to remove the gallbladder.
If you are suffering from pain on the right side of the body just below the ribs, in the back, or right shoulder and you are eating high fatty foods, you should make immediate changes to your diet.
It is generally thought that gallstones develop because of an imbalance in the chemical make-up of bile inside the gallbladder.
According to the NHS’ website, around four in every five gallstones is made up of cholesterol and around one in five is made up from bilirubin.
There is, however, a growing body of people who believe problems such as gallstones are caused by continually consuming an unhealthy diet.
What To Avoid
- The main things to avoid are full fat milk or cream, fatty processed foods, dairy products, coconut oil, palm oil and fatty meats.
- Your weight is also a key factor so it’s also worth checking your BMI below to ensure you’re in the healthy bracket as being over weight or especially being obese has been reported to increase your risk of gallstones.
What To Include
- If you suffer from gallstones we would recommend you ease into juicing, instead start with a healthy diet that includes 70-80 per cent raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Fruits and vegetables are more beneficial to the body when eaten raw. It’s not advised to cut out fats completely however, as discussed in Jason’s book Super Juice Me! – 28-Day Juice Diet a good start is to only consume low HI foods (foods without a label).
- Almonds – add just 1oz of almonds or cashews each week to a juice for added protection against developing gallstones.
- Radish – according to WebMD “Radish root may stimulate digestive juices and bile flow. Radish root may also be able to fight bacteria and other microorganisms.
The Juice Recipes
Banana Milk (from Super Fast Food book)
200ml / 7 fl oz Almond Milk
x1 Banana (Fair Trade)
How To Make:
Blend the almond milk and banana for 30 – 60 seconds and then drink straight away.If you prefer a thicker ‘milk shake’ consistency, leave for 30 – 60 minutes in the fridge).
Please note, it is impossible to give a definitive list as what supports one person can be a trigger food or allergen for another. You must stay your own juice detective at all times and listen to how your own body responds to certain foods and always consult with your healthcare provider when making changes to your diet which may affect your medication. Please be aware that we are not doctors, so it is important to consult with your GP or medical practitioner BEFORE making any changes to your diet. The suggestions above are not meant as an alternative to any current medical treatment so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are on. They are also not an endorsement of their effectiveness, or a recommendation that they should be followed but instead, are provided for informational purposes. None of the information on the Natural Juice Therapy site is intended or implied to treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease.