Gallbladder stones are the crystalline formations that develop in the biliary tract, which vary in size and chemical composition. The condition is characterized by a number of symptoms including severe abdominal pain, heart burn, jaundice, and vomiting. Other symptoms of gallbladder stones include abdominal tenderness, chills, bloating, and extended pain on the right shoulder blade or at the back.
The condition has increasingly become a major health burden worldwide. In fact, a report by the World Gastroenterology Organisation revealed a significant geographical discrepancy in gallstone prevalence worldwide. According to the report, more than 85 percent of patients in developed countries suffer from cholesterol gallstones. The report also found that about 20 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with gallstones. This equates to about 15 percent of the general population.
With these alarming rates at hand, it might prove beneficial to go for a natural gallbladder cleanse. Below are a number of ways to naturally detoxify the gallbladder.
Gallbladder detox essentials you need to keep in mind
Before undergoing to the detox process, it is important to note that people who recently had surgery should be discouraged from participating in the gallbladder flush. This is due to an increased risk of complications brought by added stress on the recuperating body. People who are younger than 18 years old and women who are menstruating should also be discouraged from undergoing the cleanse. In addition, pregnant or lactating mothers should not be allowed to push through with the process. It is recommended to consult a health care provider before undergoing the procedure.
Before proceeding with the cleanse, experts recommend drinking two glasses of apple juice daily on an empty stomach for two weeks. According to an article on the Worldwide Health Center website, drinking apple juice prior to the process is important as certain constituents in the apple juice — such as malic acid — help soften and break down the stones. Orthophosphoric acid may serve as an alternative to apple juice. The article recommends taking about 30 drops of either daily for three to four days. After the initial dose, users may increase the dosage to 50 drops daily for 10 more days. Patients are also encouraged to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during the pre-detoxification period. It is recommended to time the detox date during a new moon day, as the body tends to retain more fluids during a full moon day.
It is recommended that patients stay at home during the actual day of cleansing as bathroom activities are expected to increase. In the morning of the cleanse, patients are encouraged to drink as much as 32 ounces of apple juice. Patients may eat a light breakfast, but should avoid any type of sugar, dairy, animal protein, or fats. However, fasting provides the best results. It is also recommended that patients drink a solution containing four tablespoons of Epsom salt in 24 ounces of drinking water. The mixture should be divided into four six-oz. servings, with the first two servings taken at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. At 9:45 p.m., the patients should combine a separate eight-oz. Epsom salt solution with grapefruit juice and olive oil and drink it by 10:00 p.m. The next morning, patients may drink the two remaining six-oz. solutions at 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. By this time, patients may eat small, healthy meals. Throughout the day, patients will have repeated trips to the bathroom to purge the stones. The stones may manifest as small, greenish pea-sized crystals in the stool.
After the initial excretion of gallstones, the patients are discouraged to eat dairy and fatty foods for another three or four days. The patients should stay hydrated and continue eating healthily after the cleansing process. Patients may repeat the cleanse every month until no more gallstones can be detected. (Related: Beat gallstones naturally.)