JDs Holistic Gallbladder Diet & Protocol

May 6, 2024 27 mins to read
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So, you want to try saving your gallbladder naturally? Then this article is for you! Whether or not this diet and protocol will be effective for you, really depends on how far your gallbladder health has declined. And I want to start off by stating that if you have the symptoms of gallstones, or gallbladder disease, It’s important you consult your physician before trying this diet, and that you only do this diet/protocol, under the advisement of a qualified health practitioner like a naturopathic Dr (necessary disclaimer). With that out of the way let’s get dive in!

Gallbladder and Bile

Bile, is produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder…The gallbladder’s primary function is storage and concentration of this bile. However, the gallbladder can be susceptible to various conditions, including gallstones, inflammation (cholecystitis), and gallbladder dysfunction. These conditions can impair bile flow and lead to symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, and digestive issues.

Bile serves it’s purpose in fat metabolism by:

  1. Breaking down fat droplets into smaller particles through emulsification.
  2. Forming micelles that transport fat breakdown products for absorption.
  3. Aiding in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients.
  4. Stimulating gallbladder contractions to release bile when needed for digestion.

In essence the liver and gallbladder are sort of like working buddies and if one of them has problems, the other can’t do his job properly, and soon starts having problems. This is why gallbladder supplements, will often contain herbs like milk thistle, who’s primary function is to support liver health, because through the working relationship, it supports the gallbladder as well.

Negative Health Effects of Removing Gallbladder

You have a gallbladder, because you need it. And while you can live without it…your life is going to be significantly different. Your digestion will never be the same, and your life will more than likely revolve around your diet. With a removed gallbladder comes impaired ability to digest fats and fat soluble vitamins, as well as unregulated bile flow. Here is a nice list of all the negative effects of removing your gallbladder:

  • Impaired ability to digest fats and fat-soluble vitamins, leading to malabsorption and deficiencies.
  • Increased risk of digestive discomfort, such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea, especially after consuming fatty foods.
  • Altered bile flow and composition, potentially contributing to digestive issues and liver problems.
  • Higher likelihood of developing postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS), characterized by ongoing abdominal pain, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Reduced regulation of bile release, which may affect the breakdown and absorption of dietary fats.
  • Potential long-term effects on overall digestive health and nutrient absorption due to the absence of bile storage and concentration in the gallbladder.

Studies show that 2 years after gallbladder removal surgery, at least 40% still have symptoms like: nausea, pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea and food intolerance(s). These are lifelong symptoms. In fact, even after you remove the gallbladder, if the source of the gallstone formation is not addressed, then you could just end up with liver stones!

Listening to your body

I know it might be a bit late, but better late than never…Most of the time (not always) your body gives warning symptoms that go on for many months to years, which is the bodies way of trying to tell you, something is wrong and needs help! The problem is people often ignore these symptoms, until they progress into something more severe…such as unbearable gallbladder pain and gallbladder disease, when surgery may be required; there are alternatives (read below). So let’s take a look at the symptoms of gallstones and gallbladder disease:

Symptoms of Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease

  1. Upper Right Abdominal Pain: This can start as slight discomfort or fullness just below the right ribcage and progress to sudden and intense pain that can extend up the side of the body, through the shoulder, neck and even up to the head/face.
  2. Nausea and Vomiting: This nausea can start happening with only high fat meals, and progress to after most or all meals and even smaller amounts of food.
  3. Indigestion, Bloating or Heartburn: Especially after fatty/greasy foods.
  4. Changes in Bowel Movements & Consistency: Such as diarrhea, pale stools, or undigested fat showing up floating on your toilet water.
  5. Fever or Chills: In severe cases, when it’s progressed to severe gallbladder disease
  6. Jaundice: Yellowing of skin and eyes if bile duct is blocked

If you have some of these symptoms, it’s best to get a check-up at the doctor. Your doctor will be trained in western medicine, so the first thing they often opt for is gallbladder removal…but you may be able to save your gallbladder, if you follow this diet and protocol.

Gallstones and the Development of Gallbladder Disease

First, Gallbladder disease can develop with or without gallstones. While gallstones are a common cause, inflammation, dysfunction, infections, or other factors can also lead to gallbladder problems. Second, many people with gallstones are unaware they have them until they are detected in a routine check-up that involves imaging, which just happens to catch them. Or until Gallstones develop into something more serious. Gallbladder disease does often begin with the formation of gallstones. With that being said let’s dig into gallstones, and how they can contribute to gallbladder disease.

Gallstones are really “cholesterol stones”

Gallstones are hardened deposits that form in the gallbladder, typically due to an imbalance in the substances that make up bile, such as cholesterol, bile salts, and bilirubin. How and why this imbalance occurs is anybodies guess; most likely to do with nutritional deficiencies and a poor (unbalanced) diet. In simple terms, gallbladder stones form, because the body doesn’t have enough bile, to break them down. Here are the most common causes behind having too little bile and forming gallstones:

  • Excess estrogen
  • Excess cortisol (stress)
  • Excess insulin – too much insulin depletes the bile, which is why diabetics often have gallstones.
  • Low fat Diets – because saturated fats trigger bile release, so if you’re not eating enough, then your body is going to make less bile.
  • Constipation – because it backs up the whole thing and inversely, low bile can cause constipation because it helps lubricate the colon

Figure out which of these applies to you, so that you can address the root cause and reduce risk of gallstones formation in the future. Because removing your gallbladder doesn’t fix the underlying problem.

Ways Gallstones Can Contribute to Gallbladder Disease

Here’s ways that gallbladder disease can start from gallstones:

  1. Formation of Gallstones: Gallstones can develop when there is an excess of cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile, or when the gallbladder doesn’t empty properly. Over time, these substances can crystallize and form stones.
  2. Blockage of the Bile Duct: Gallstones can move from the gallbladder into the bile ducts, which are tubes that carry bile from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine. If a gallstone becomes lodged in a bile duct, it can block the flow of bile, leading to pain and inflammation.
  3. Gallbladder Inflammation (Cholecystitis): If a gallstone blocks the cystic duct, which connects the gallbladder to the bile duct, it can cause irritation and inflammation of the gallbladder wall, a condition known as cholecystitis.
  4. Complications: In some cases, gallstones can lead to complications such as infection, perforation of the gallbladder, or blockage of the pancreatic duct, which can cause pancreatitis.
  5. Symptoms: The symptoms of gallbladder disease, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever, often arise when gallstones cause obstruction or inflammation in the gallbladder or bile ducts.

The Liver Gallbladder Connection

The liver and gallbladder are closely connected organs within the digestive system, and their health is intricately linked due to their roles in bile production, storage, and secretion:

  1. Bile Production: The liver produces bile continuously, a yellow-green fluid composed of water, bile acids, cholesterol, bilirubin, and other substances. Bile plays a critical role in digestion by emulsifying fats, aiding in their breakdown and absorption in the small intestine.
  2. Bile Storage and Concentration: Bile produced by the liver is stored and concentrated in the gallbladder between meals. The gallbladder contracts in response to the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK), released by the small intestine when fats are ingested. This contraction releases concentrated bile into the small intestine to aid in fat digestion.
  3. Liver Health: The liver performs numerous vital functions in the body, including detoxification, metabolism of nutrients, synthesis of proteins and hormones, and storage of vitamins and minerals. It also plays a central role in bile production. Liver health is crucial for overall well-being, and conditions such as liver disease, fatty liver, hepatitis, and cirrhosis can have profound effects on health and digestion.
  4. Connection to Digestive Health: The liver and gallbladder’s roles in bile production and fat digestion are essential for overall digestive health. Impaired liver or gallbladder function can lead to digestive issues, nutrient malabsorption, and increased risk of conditions such as fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastrointestinal discomfort.
  5. Impact on Metabolism: Bile acids produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder also play a role in metabolic regulation, including lipid metabolism, glucose homeostasis, and energy balance. Dysfunctional bile metabolism can contribute to metabolic disorders such as obesity, insulin resistance, and dyslipidemia.

In summary, the liver and gallbladder are interconnected organs that play critical roles in digestion, metabolism, and overall health. Maintaining the health and function of both organs is essential for optimal digestive function, nutrient absorption, and metabolic regulation.

The Gallbladder Diet & Protocol

Typically a gallbladder diet is: whole food, low-fat, high-fiber, low sugar, with only a moderate amount of lean protein, and should avoid triggering foods e.g. spicy foods. Also keeping hydrated and drinking enough water is key, as well as moderate daily exercise. I also want to highlight that this diet/protocol is likely your only chance for possibly saving your gallbladder, so follow it, and don’t cheat. For the first 5 days of this protocol were going to start with a 5-day gallbladder flush by Dr. Bartiz:

Dr. Baritz 5-Day Gallbladder Flush

  • First thing on rising (in the morning) drink 8oz of spring water, to flush the digestive tract.
  • About 1hr later Blend
    • 8oz of fresh squeezed, citrus, apple or grape juice
    • 1 lemon
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 inch piece of ginger
    • 4-8 oz of spring water
  • Follow up with 2 cups of dandelion tea (hot or cold)
  • Repeat every morning for 5 days in a row
  • Each day increase garlic by +1 more clove and olive oil by 1 tbsp

Eat less frequently, and avoid snacking

In JDs Gallbladder Protocol, have regular structured meal times and cut out snacking between meals. This is because fasting improves insulin resistance and can give the gallbladder a break to concentrate bile again…frequent eating means the gallbladder is constantly strained to produce bile, and if it can’t keep up, this results in undigested food that puts a significant strain on the body’s detox system and immune function.

This means have 2-3 set meal times everyday, where you eat your meal and then you’re done. Ideally, do 16-8 intermittent fasting, which simply means 16hrs of fasting and a 8hr eating window – easiest way is to just skip breakfast and have your first meal at lunch, around 1-2pm. It is also best if you don’t eat a huge meal soon before bed, so make lunch your biggest meal, and supper a lighter meal. If you must have breakfast, make sure it follows the food guidelines in this diet/protocol so that it doesn’t further strain the gallbladder.

Low-Fat

The only fat consumed, should be healthy, easy to digest fats from food sources, and even those you want to moderate intake.

  • No dairy, No fatty meat & No fried/deep-fried foods –> if it’s in your fridge give it away, or throw it out! Any saturated and trans fats should be strictly limited.
  • Yes healthy fats from seeds and fatty fish (in moderate amounts)
  • Oils: coconut, extra virgin olive (cold – not for cooking) or avocado. It doesn’t mean you should consume large amounts of these oils…moderate intake is key. Listen to your body, and if any of these cause further gallbladder symptoms, limit intake of them as well.
    • Coconut oil contains MCTs which are more easily digestible.
    • Avocado & olive oil are monounsaturated fats, which can help improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of gallstone formation.
    • Limit Seed Oils as they are high in omega 6, while you do need some, most people get far too much. Read more below.
  • Limit Omega 6 Intake as it can increase inflammation, this includes foods like safflower and sunflower oil. Aim for a ratio of 2:1 omega 3:omega 6 and try to obtain your omega 6 through foods like algal oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, edamame, etc and/or a supplement.
    • Yes moderate amounts of Omega 3’s are important as they are important for health, can help lower inflammation and may help with gallstones.

Whole Foods – No Ultra-Processed

  • Limit ultra-processed foods to a minimum. This diet is primarily whole foods.
  • NO fried or deep fried foods at all! This is not optional. This means NO: chips, french fries, donuts, fried fish, chicken nuggets, onion rings, burgers, fast-foot, corn dogs, spring rolls, fried plantains, apple fritters, tempura, fried chicken, etc. If you don’t know how it’s cooked, you have better ask!

Trigger Foods

No trigger foods such as spicy foods, etc. If you eat something and your gallbladder discomfort or pain increases…jot it down in a notebook and avoid that food.

Caution! Nuts

While some practitioners may recommend nuts as a healthy source of fat in a gallbladder diet, some may irritate the gallbladder and worsen symptoms! In JD’s Gallbladder protocol, it’s recommended to limit consumption of nuts and listen to your body to see which foods trigger you. In other words, if you eat a nut and feel gallbladder symptoms worsen, then add it to your list of foods to avoid.

High Fiber

Increase fiber intake, particularly from (organic if possible) fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as it can help prevent gallstones by aiding in digestion and reducing cholesterol levels in bile. Some great fiber rich foods include: brown rice, flax seed powder (my favorite), apples, prunes, brussel sprouts, beets, peas and lentils. Here is a more comprehensive list of fiber rich foods:

Fiber Rich Fruits

  1. Apples: Rich in fiber, particularly pectin, as well as vitamins and antioxidants.
  2. Berries (e.g., raspberries, blackberries, strawberries): High in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
  3. Avocado: Contains healthy fats, fiber, potassium, and vitamins.
  4. Pears: High in fiber, especially insoluble fiber, and vitamins.
  5. Oranges: Packed with fiber, vitamin C, and other nutrients.
  6. Kiwi: High in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and antioxidants.
  7. Bananas: Good source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
  8. Prunes (Dried Plums): Very high in fiber, particularly insoluble fiber, and antioxidants.
  9. Figs: Rich in fiber, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals.
  10. Guava: High in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants.

Fiber Rich Vegetables:

  1. Broccoli: High in fiber, vitamins (especially vitamin C and vitamin K), and antioxidants.
  2. Brussels Sprouts: Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  3. Spinach: Packed with fiber, vitamins (such as vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate), and minerals.
  4. Kale: High in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  5. Carrots: Good source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin K, and other nutrients.
  6. Sweet Potatoes: Rich in fiber, vitamins (especially vitamin A and vitamin C), and minerals.
  7. Artichokes: Very high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  8. Beets: High in fiber, vitamins (such as vitamin C and vitamin B9), and minerals.
  9. Peas: Good source of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
  10. Lentils: High in fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Limit Sugar & Refined Grains

Avoid/limit added sugars. Try to get your sugar mostly from foods e.g. fruit or complex carbs, because these foods come with added nutrition, like fiber vitamins and minerals, which helps buffer the sugar release for more balanced blood sugar levels during meal time.

Avoid/limit refined grains:

  1. White bread
  2. White rice
  3. White pasta
  4. White flour
  5. Corn flakes
  6. Cereals made from refined grains (e.g., sugary breakfast cereals)
  7. White tortillas
  8. Pretzels
  9. Bagels made from refined flour
  10. Pastries and baked goods made with refined flour

Healthier Whole (Unprocessed) Grains:

  1. Whole wheat bread
  2. Brown rice
  3. Whole grain pasta (e.g., whole wheat, quinoa, brown rice pasta)
  4. Whole wheat flour
  5. Oats (steel-cut oats, rolled oats, oat groats)
  6. Quinoa
  7. Barley
  8. Buckwheat
  9. Farro
  10. Millet

Veggie Smoothie

Kale and other veggies have nutrients or compounds in them that ca help dislodge and loosen up that sludge in your gallbladder. Add in a bit of fruit to make it palatable, but don’t get carried away by making it too sweet. You can steam the veggies first (which I recommend) to lessen some of the anti-nutrients, or boil them, but if you boil it make sure you use the water in your smoothie, otherwise you lose some of the nutrients in the water.

Supplements

If you jumped to this section and skipped the diet section, then go back and read it first. Diet is the foundation of this gallbladder protocol, and without it supplements aren’t going to do much. Diet first. Supplements second.

1. Digestive Enzymes & (Purified) Bile Salts/Ox Bile

Digestive enzymes help to break down the food and relieve some of the strain on digestion in general and on the gallbladder. Ox Bile/Bile salts takes that a step further, and helps particularly with fats, helping to break them down and digest them. Bile salts also can dissolve stones, and decrease the crystal formation. Add to that mix Betain HCL, which adds a bit more acid to help the stomach out with digestion. You get all 3 of these in my preferred digestive supplement (the one I use with my clients) by Dr. Wallach – Youngevity Ultimate Enzymes

2. Omega 3s – Fish Oil / Cod Liver Oil

Omega 3s through fish oil help decrease biliary saturation of your cholesterol and reduces risk of gallstones. Even better, cod liver oil, contains these same omega 3s as fish oil, but also vitamin A and vitamin D, which can help reduce the gallbladder sludge that accumulates in the gallbladder.

3. Liver and Gallbladder Tonic

There are a lot of herbs that can support liver and gallbladder function, like: burdock root, chicory root, milk thistle, yellow dock root, etc. But I prefer to simplify things…rather than tell you to go out and grab a dozen different herbs, measure out the correct quantities and consume them daily…here’s a herbal tonic for the gallbladder that does all the work for you, and it’s from a brand I know and trust – The Good Herbs Liver and Gallbladder Tonic.

4. Choline

Choline, an essential nutrient, aids gallbladder health and gallstone prevention by:

  1. Promoting bile solubility, preventing cholesterol crystal formation.
  2. Supporting liver function, reducing fat accumulation.
  3. Decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress.
  4. Regulating gallbladder contractions, reducing bile stasis.
  5. Improving lipid profile, lowering cholesterol levels.
  6. Contributing to cell membrane integrity in the gallbladder.

I don’t have a particular brand of standalone choline that I prefer, but when a client comes to me with various health issues, I often like to start them off with Dr. Wallachs Mighty 90 or at the bare minimum Dr. Wallachs Plant Minerals (72+ nutrients)

5. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is one of the best herbs to support liver health…The liver and gallbladder tonic above in this list, already has milk thistle. You can still purchase bulk milk thistle and add it to your daily smoothie; bulk milk thistle is a lot cheaper than supplement form.

6. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea contains menthol and has traditionally been used to help improve digestion, relieve pain and nausea. Peppermint tea may help with gallstones and gallbladder health by relaxing the muscles in the bile ducts, promoting bile flow and easing gallbladder discomfort. Its soothing properties can also alleviate digestive symptoms like bloating and indigestion, offering relief for those with gallbladder issues.

7. Dandelion Root & leaf Tea

Drinking dandelion tea might support gallstones and gallbladder health by boosting bile production and flow, which helps break down cholesterol and lowers the risk of gallstone formation. It can also ease symptoms linked to gallbladder inflammation and improve digestion.

Gallbladder Diet – 1 Week Meal Plan

You can use this as a template or guide. It should just give you an idea of what your meals might look like…feel free to mix and match ingredients, or put your own spin on meals. If you want a longer tailored meal plan, book a Virtual Appointment with a nutrition professional.

Exercise

Exercise can help prevent gallstones and gallbladder disease in a variety of ways…And lack of exercise likely played a role in the development of gallbladder stones…not always the case but more often then not, it is. Let’s dig into some of the ways exercise helps in prevention of gallbladder issues:

  1. Weight Control: It helps maintain a healthy weight, reducing the risk of gallstone formation associated with obesity.
  2. Insulin Sensitivity: Exercise improves insulin sensitivity, lowering the risk of insulin resistance and gallstone formation.
  3. Gallbladder Function: Regular activity stimulates gallbladder contractions, preventing stasis and stone formation.
  4. Lipid Balance: It lowers blood cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of cholesterol gallstone formation.
  5. Inflammation and Oxidative Stress: Exercise reduces inflammation and oxidative damage, which are linked to gallbladder disease.
  6. Gut Health: It promotes a healthy gut microbiome, influencing bile acid metabolism and gallstone risk.

JDs Gallbladder Protocol – Exercise Requirements

In this gallbladder protocol, daily exercise is required. The exercise protocol is as follows:

  • 45 minutes per day of low impact, moderate exercise
  • 20 minutes 3-5 times per week of high intensity exercise (get the heart pumping)

Low Impact Moderate Exercise (45min/daily)

There are a variety of low-impact exercises, and if something isn’t listed on here that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. But here are some of the recommended exercises in JDs Gallbladder Protocol:

  • Yoga – Certain yoga poses and stretches can improve digestion, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Poses that involve twisting or stretching the abdomen, such as seated twists or cobra pose, may help stimulate gallbladder function and relieve digestive discomfort. Example 1 and Example 2
  • Nature Walks – with dogs, kids, spouse or alone! Getting out in nature helps reduces stress and can help lower inflammation.
  • Aerobics – like brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, or dancing can improve cardiovascular health and promote overall circulation. Enhanced blood flow can support liver and gallbladder function by ensuring adequate nutrient delivery and waste removal.
  • Pilates: Pilates exercises focus on core strength, flexibility, and body awareness. Core-strengthening exercises in Pilates can support abdominal organs, including the gallbladder, and improve overall posture and alignment.
  • Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that combines slow, flowing movements with deep breathing and meditation. It can improve balance, flexibility, and relaxation, promoting overall well-being and supporting digestive health.

Just pick one or more of these and do at least 45 mins of it per day. Add some accountability, to help you stick with this lifestyle change…by paying in advance for some classes, or telling a friend who will keep on top of encouraging you to go!

Qi Dong for Gallbladder

This is my personal favorite and even if you choose another form of moderate exercise to do daily, I would encourage to add 5-10 minutes of Qi dong to your routine. Similar to yoga, this has to do with managing energy flow in the body. You don’t have to believe it works, it’s not some manifestation thing…it simple works…The fact is the human body has a measurable amount of electricity that powers every cell in your body, and I firmly believe that by improving the flow of these energie(s) we can improve the function of organs and optimize our over-all health.

Stress and Gallbladder Health

Stress can play a big role in digestive function and gallbladder health. Stress can create a physiological response in the body, raising hormones like cortisol, and diverting energy from digestion in attempt to help you survive. The body isn’t good at navigating through our modern lifestyles and sometimes has this reaction to things that are no true threat to us, like a hate message on social media.

  • Practicing deep breathing techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing, can promote relaxation and reduce stress. Stress reduction is beneficial for digestive health and may help prevent gallbladder issues exacerbated by stress.
  • Engaging in meditation, such as mindfulness or guided meditation, promotes relaxation and helps relieve stress. This can help with digestive health, and potentially help to prevent gallbladder issues exacerbated by stress.

Find what really works for you to reduce stress, and try to integrate that into your daily routine, put a reminder somewhere you will see it, so you don’t forget!

High Intensity Exercise (20min 3x weekly)

  • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT workouts involve short bursts of intense exercise followed by periods of rest or low-intensity activity. HIIT can improve cardiovascular fitness, metabolic health, and overall energy levels, which indirectly supports gallbladder function.
  • Spinning (Indoor Cycling): Indoor cycling enhances cardiovascular fitness and aids digestion by promoting peristalsis (muscle contractions) in the digestive tract.
  • Boot Camp Workouts: Boot camp-style workouts combine strength and cardio exercises, which can improve digestion by reducing bloating and gas through increased circulation and muscle activation.
  • Boxing or Kickboxing: Boxing and kickboxing workouts help reduce stress and anxiety, which can positively impact digestion by reducing the risk of gastrointestinal discomfort and promoting regular bowel movements.
  • CrossFit: CrossFit workouts involve functional movements that engage the core and promote overall strength and flexibility, which can support digestion by improving abdominal muscle tone and motility.

Castor Oil Packs

Another essential part of JDs Gallbladder Protocol is castor oil packs. This involves placing 1-2 tbsp of castor oil, either applied directly to the abdomen, near the gallbladder area, or on a piece of cotton/castor oil pack. It should stay on, at least a few hours, or you can leave it on overnight. You can use a heating stone or heating pad over the gallbladder area as well, to help with oil penetration and enhance the effectiveness, over-all.

Castor Oil Pack Instructions

Please check this instructional handout on castor oil packs below are the standard ingredients/materials:

  • Face cloth, small hand towel or strip of 100% cotton material (you could rip an old cotton t-shirt if you can’t afford to buy something fancier)
  • Cold pressed castor oil
  • Bowl or glass jar
  • Hot water bottle, heated stone/pack or infrared heating pad
  • Plastic bag or towel to put underneath to prevent spillage on your sheets and mattress

Pro Tip: Personally, I will often put castor oil pad on during the day when I’m going to be home, and just wear an old t-shirt over it. The castor oil pad helps prevent most of the leakage, and whatever does leak through just ends up on an old t-shirt I’m going to throw out anyway. But if you want to make it more of a relaxing event you can follow the handout above and use a heating pad.

Castor oil should only be applied topically (NOT consumed) and be forewarned that it will stain every piece of clothing or fabric it touches; it’s incredibly hard to clean off once it stains something. Try to find organic castor oil in a glass bottle, if you can afford it.

Grounding

There are several studies that show the benefits of grounding, particularly for helping to lower inflammation. There are low tech and high tech ways to ground…the low tech way is getting outside in some dirt or grass and simply putting your bare feet on it for a minimum of 20 mins per day. The high tech way is to purchase a grounding mat or blanket, and sleep on this. But don’t pick up any cheap old grounding blanket, because half them are cheaply made and from china…the only one I’ve heard that works well is grounding well’s mat. If you get a cheap one get an electrician to measure it’s grounding efficacy with a voltage/multi meter.

Gallbladder Pain Relief

Here are different techniques from professionals, on some things you can do to relief gallbladder pain… while you work on naturally improving your gallbladder health.

Dr. Eric Berg Gallbladder Rub (Acupressure for Gallbladder Pain)

Dr. Baritz Homemade Gallbladder Pain Relief Tonic

The active ingredient circumin helps lower inflammation and improve gallbladder function, while the black pepper compound peperine, helps enhance circumin absorption. Follow the instructions to create this drink:

Ingredients

  • Turmeric
  • Ground black pepper
  • Spring Water

Instructions

  1. Heat 8 oz of water
  2. Stir in 2 tbsp of turmeric & ground black pepper
  3. Drink up!

You may feel some things happening in the gallbladder area, and may have a bowel movement…relief happens in roughly 30 mins.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

References

Dr. Baritz Gallbladder Relief Tonic

  • Studies showing benefits of curcumin:
    • Turmeric extract and its active compound, curcumin, protect against chronic CCl4-induced liver damage by enhancing antioxidation [1]
    • The effect of curcumin and placebo on human gall-bladder function: an ultrasound study [2]
    • Effect of different curcumin dosages on human gall bladder [3]
    • Curcumin Relaxes Precontracted Guinea Pig Gallbladder Strips via Multiple Signaling Pathways [4]
  • Study on effect of piperine on curcumin absorption:
    • Piperine potentiates curcumin-mediated repression of mTORC1 signaling in human intestinal epithelial cells: implications for the inhibition of protein synthesis and TNFα signaling [5]
  • Study regarding post-surgery symptoms:
    • Postcholecystectomy symptoms. A prospective study of gall stone patients before and two years after surgery [6]
    • Symptomatic outcome after laparoscopic cholecystectomy [7]
    • Townsend Letter, July 2011 [8]
  • Study regarding frequency of gallbladder removal surgeries:
    • Epidemiology of Gallbladder Disease: Cholelithiasis and Cancer [9]
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  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1
  8. http://www.townsendletter.com/July201
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti

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