How To Do A Natural Gallbladder Flush
The gallbladder is an important part of your body. It is located just under your liver and its primary function is to store the bile produced by the liver. This bile helps in digesting fats and oils taken from the food that we eat. Having noted these important facts, it is crucial that we take care of your health by doing a natural gallbladder flush.
One natural way in maintaining a healthy gallbladder is doing a gallbladder flush, or most commonly known as a gallbladder cleanse. It might sound complicated to do, but rest assured that it is very easy and you can do it even at your own home.
What is a Gallbladder Flush?
A gallbladder cleanse makes use of a special diet to help prevent or treat existing gallstone formation. Gallstones are hard deposits that developed in a person’s gallbladder and cause symptoms such as nausea and vomiting as well as pain, especially when the stones are big enough to block one of the ducts in the gallbladder.
A gallbladder flush is performed so that the stones are eliminated.
How To Do A Natural Gallbladder Flush: Step-by-Step Process
This gallbladder flush that I recommend is the best that I’ve tried. There are many gallbladder flushing remedies that people use, and some of them greatly differ from each other. However, there is no wrong or right answer. Some people are just comfortable using other ingredients from what others are using. As long as they are effective in gallbladder cleansing, then there is no reason why not to use it except for underlying conditions and allergies.
Without further ado, here is the best natural gallbladder flush that I found and tested to work the finest. This is based on Christopher Hobbs’ Natural Liver Therapy published in 1993.
Eat only non-fat whole and unrefined foods for the first 24 hours.
One hour before you go to bed, mix ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil (cold-pressed) and ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice. Drink the mixture every 15 minutes until you finish a total of 1 cup of olive oil and lemon juice.
Alternately, you may also replace lemon juice with fresh grapefruit juice. For the grapefruit juice, you may add ¼ to ½ cup each time you drink resulting in a total amount of 1 to 1 ½ cups of grapefruit.
When you go to bed, lie on your right side. This position will improve the circulation throughout your liver. You may feel a bit nauseous after drinking a large amount of olive oil, especially when there are a lot of gallstones trying to come out. This feeling will likely disappear on the third day of your cleanse or as soon as your body eliminates the stones out.
Upon waking up, drink 1 liter of warm distilled water with 2 tsp of uniodized sea salt. If you do not want to use sea salt, you may substitute a freshly-squeezed juice from half a lemon.
This mixture provides a laxative effect and assists your intestines to discharge accumulated stones.
You are only allowed to eat softly cooked veggies and broth for the whole day.
Important Key Notes to Remember
In cases when this flush doesn’t work the first time, you can repeat the olive oil and lemon juice mixture for a second night. Loose stones might have gathered around your common bile duct, but there wasn’t enough force to push them out from the body entirely. Hence, you can repeat the procedure so that it can create more momentum to force the stones out.
But if everything works out fine the first time, you do not have to repeat the procedure soon. The interval between gallbladder flushes should be between 1 to 2 months to allow for compacted stones at the back of the gallbladder a chance to move forward for extraction.
The minimum flushes required to clean out the gallbladder is around 3-4 times. You can continue flushing until few to no stones are coming out. You also need to do maintenance flushing once or twice a year after your first gallbladder series has been completed. This is to ensure that no new stones will form.
Other Natural Remedies to Remove Gallstones
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Milk Thistle is one of the trusted herbs when it comes to getting rid of gallbladder stones and other digestive system problems as well.
- Crush 3 seeds of the plant.
- Add them to 3 cups of water and boil.
- Cool and strain.
Dosage: Drink the tea 2 to 3 times each day.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion may be a weed, but it sure does offer a lot of many health benefits to the body. It strengthens and improves the function of your gallbladder too.
- Mix 1 tsp of dried dandelion flowers in hot water.
- Steep for 5 minutes and strain.
- Adding honey for sweetness is an option.
Dosage: Drink the tea 2-3 times a day.
For people with diabetes, you may need to consult your doctor about taking dandelion tea as it can affect your blood sugar levels.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
St. John’s Wort is a great herbal remedy for anxiety, depression, and stress. But did you know that it also has a great effect on gallstones?
- Put 5 fresh leaves of the plant into 1 cup boiled water.
- Steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Strain and drink.
Dosage: 2-3 cups of this tea a day will surely make a difference.
This tea is contraindicated to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and those with heart disease or taking heart medications.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
One of my go-to herbal remedies will always be peppermint. It has a lot of health benefits including taking care of your gallbladder. It has terpenes that can directly dissolve gallstones.
- Boil 1 cup of water.
- Turn off the stove and add 7-10 fresh peppermint leaves.
- Steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain and drink.
- You may add honey for taste.
Dosage: A cup a day is a good start for a healthy gallbladder.
Vegetable Mix Juice
We’ve been told since we were kids how healthy vegetables are. A fresh vegetable juice a day will keep gallstones away.
Studies have been conducted that show people who eat veggies on a regular basis are less likely to undergo gallstone surgery.
Beetroot is one of the best vegetables for gallbladder health.
Recipe: Blend 1 beetroot, 1 cucumber, and 4 carrots every day.
Dosage: Drink this juice on a daily basis, preferably every morning.
A gallbladder flush is a natural way to cleanse your gallbladder for better health.
It can take a long time to complete an entire flushing series that can remove all the stones from your gallbladder. However, the time you spend on doing it is all worth the effort in the end.
However, there is no reliable evidence yet and few studies are done about gallbladder cleansing with the use of natural remedies. While there are proponents of gallbladder flush who swear that this is effective, it is still essential to ask your doctor’s permission especially if you have other underlying medical conditions that you need to take into consideration. There are some ingredients that might not be suitable for your health.
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