How to prevent gall stones

Wednesday, September 6th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

My doctor tells me that I have multiple gallstones. He insisted on a surgery to remove the gallstones but I am reluctant. However, he has not given me any medication. I am worried that the condition will worsen.

Please advise on the appropriate diet and herbal remedies for this condition.

IT is important to realize that if the gallstones become any larger, or move to block the common bile duct, they can cause extreme pain. It is best to remain under the constant care of your doctor and listen to his advice if surgery is imminent.

Once gallstones have formed, it is important to avoid foods that aggravate the condition. A number of dietary factors are important in both the prevention and treatment of gallstones. Research link gallstones to the long-term consumption of foods low in fibre. Vegetarians generally show significantly lower incidence of gallstones. Thus, fresh fruits and vegetables should be eaten in abundance to ensure that you have adequate fibre.

Fried foods and other rich, fatty foods should always be kept at minimum. Dairy products (milk, cheese, butter) and eggs, are often problematic for many sufferers and thus should be eliminated from your diet. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily. This is extremely important to maintain the water content of bile.

A number of herbs are traditionally used for problems related to gallstones. The most popular one is Milk Thistle. Studies show that Milk Thistle enhances the flow of bile and helps prevent gallstones. Another herb of value is Dandelion, which is preferred by many herbalists when it comes to disorders of the gallbladder and spleen. Try to look for a product that offers these two herbs in combination for better effect.

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