Gallstones

Also indexed as:Cholelithiasis, Gallbladder Attacks
Although small in size, gallstones can cause big discomfort. What can you do to keep your gall bladder healthy? According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Although small in size, gallstones can cause big discomfort. What can you do to keep your gall bladder healthy? According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Eat wheat bran

    Decrease cholesterol build-up by eating more wheat bran-containing foods, or by taking 2 tablespoons (30 ml) a day of unprocessed wheat bran with plenty of liquid

  • Stay slim and trim

    Lower your gallstone risk by keeping an eye on calories and cholesterol, and maintaining a healthy weight as you age

  • Get fit for life

    Start and continue a regular exercise program to reduce gallstone risk

  • Go vegetarian

    Choose a low-fat diet rich in vegetables, beans, and other vegetarian foods

  • Uncover food allergies

    Work with a knowledgeable professional to see whether food allergies are triggering your gallbladder attacks

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