Gallbladder problems can be unrelenting, sometimes even resulting in the removal of the gallbladder itself, though this can be avoided in many cases. Many may be unaware that there are several things you can do to alleviate gallbladder issues naturally and possibly even restore total health to this temperamental organ.
Gallbladder and Gallstones
Symptoms are our body’s intrinsic way of communicating that something is seriously wrong with us, and it’s definitely in our best interest to listen to them before we end up with even more health problems.
The gallbladder is an important part of your digestive system. It’s a small organ that sits right underneath your liver. Its job is to store the bile produced by the liver to digest fats. The gallbladder releases the bile into the common bile duct as soon as it receives the signal from your brain that you have started eating, which then goes into the duodenum or the upper part of your intestines.
Several issues can cause problems with your gallbladder, and gallstones are often at the root of it. Gallstones are solidified substances that naturally exist in the bladder like: calcium, cholesterol, bilirubinate, calcium carbonate.
And there are two types of gallstones:
- Cholesterol Gallstones – These are the most common type of gallstones and, as the name suggests, are caused by too much cholesterol in the bile.
- Pigment Gallstones – These usually form when the bile has an overabundance of bilirubin. They are more likely to develop in individuals with liver disease, a bile duct infection, blood disorders, or sickle-cell anemia.
Many have seen lots of success using dandelion for gallbladder and liver problems, as they work together in the digestive process. In other words, this “Dandelion Lemon-Aid” benefits both. Here’s how.
Health Benefits of Dandelions
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is one of the most underappreciated wild plants. They’ve not only been overlooked but also subjected to harsh chemicals and eradicated from their peaceful existence amongst the lawns of millions. But through the looking glass, these beautiful little bitters look like tiny drops of sunshine scattered throughout fields and landscapes all across North America and Europe. And just as the sun’s healing beams are known for their ability to restore and rejuvenate the liver, so is the dandelion flower.
Dandelions seem to have an astounding effect on all aspects of the digestive system. A 2021 animal study confirmed the beneficial relationship between dandelions and the gallbladder by validating dandelion’s ability to reduce oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in the liver, associated with liver failure and disease.
Dandelion benefits digestion and many other systems within the human body. Check out these amazing dandelion benefits:
- Packed with vitamins and trace minerals
- Full of antioxidants
- Great for pancreatic function support
- Proven to decreases insulin levels
- Digestive aid, prebiotics and enzyme enhancer
- Excellent for kidney function
- Proven in decreasing cancer cell growth
- Antiviral, antimicrobial
- Pain relievers
- Fantastic for overall heart function
- Used to reduce the risk of blood clotting and stroke
Health Benefits of Lemons
Lemons help flush and cleanse the body while keeping the bitterness of the dandelion at bay. In addition, they are super high in B and C vitamins and are exceptionally detoxifying. Dandelions and lemons appear to be ideal companions as both have also been proven to reduce oxidative stress and maintain healthy cellular metabolism.
Citrus bioflavonoids have been studied extensively for cardiometabolic health. One study revealed decreased hepatic lipids in mice, while another found that the flavonoids in citrus decreased fat storage in the liver and increased hepatic antioxidant defenses in rats with diabetes.
Now that you know how helpful this dandelion lemonade can be for gallbladder health, let’s make some!
Dandelion Lemonade Recipe
You will need:
5 whole large lemons
- 1 cup fresh dandelion flowers
- 1 cup fresh small dandelion leaves
- 4-5 dandelion roots
- ¾ cup raw organic honey
- 2 pitchers, or 1 gallon size jar and 1 pitcher
- Stirring spoon
- Large colander strainer
- Small mesh strainer
- Pinch of sea salt
Step 1. Pick your flowers. For the most potent lemonade, you can use a combination of flower tops, leaves, and roots. It’s best to use freshly picked plants. The leaves are less bitter if they are from smaller dandelion plants, and the roots from the larger plants seem to be less bitter. But don’t worry, the lemon and honey balance out the dandelion bitterness nicely.
Step 2. Rinse your flowers as best as possible with a garden hose before bringing them into the house. This will keep you from washing too much dirt down your sink. Pay close attention to the roots.
Step 3. Pull the smallest green leaves out and set them aside. You will need 1 cup of them. Do the same for the roots and flower heads. You will not need any part of the stem. You can dispose of the rest of the plant. Rinse them very well again.
Step 4. Cut the roots into small chunks, and the leaves into small pieces.
Step 5. Place the root chunks, flower heads, and chopped leaves into a bowl and fill with water. Add a pinch of mineral salt and let it sit for a couple of hours to pull out any bugs and extra dirt.
Step 6. After about 2 hours of soaking, gather the rest of your ingredients.
Step 7. Strain your dandelion mixture using a large colander and set aside.
Step 8. Slice one of the lemons into slices and the rest into halves. You will add the slices later after the lemonade has been strained, so you can store them in the refrigerator for now.
Step 9. Place your dandelion mixture into a gallon jar, or one of your pitchers. Add the juice from the four halved lemons.
Step 10. Fill the jar with water and refrigerate for at least one day to extract the therapeutic components of the dandelion. I left mine in the refrigerator for two days.
Step 11. Pull out all dandelion parts and pour the remaining liquid through a small mesh strainer into the pitcher.
Sep 12. Add hot water and honey to your pitcher. You can also add a little stevia, monk fruit or other natural sweetener.
Step 13. Add the sliced lemons you saved at the beginning.
Step 14. Place the lemonade back into the refrigerator for another 30 minutes. Add some ice and enjoy!
Drink one glass of lemonade first thing in the morning to flush out toxins from your body.
If you don’t keep homemade lemonade in the fridge, you should drink it within a day or two of making it. Additionally, it can be kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a week, or frozen for two to three months.
There are a number of things you may do to maintain the health of your gallbladder. First and foremost, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy weight with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Second, it’s important to have enough water to maintain the health of your gallbladder. For the majority of people, aiming for at least eight glasses of water per day is helpful.
Additionally, it’s critical to consume regular meals and avoid skipping them because every time you eat, your gallbladder generates bile to aid in appropriate digestion. Lastly, incorporating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and calcium into your regular eating habits can support gallbladder health.