Monday, June 04, 2007

On Atkins? South Beach? Make a Gall Bladder Cleanse.

Among the reasons of gall stone formation is rapid weight-loss that is induced by diets like Atkins, South-Beach..etc.

Actually, the big changes that have happened in our nutritional habits have changed other settled principles we accustomed to, like the people who may get gall bladder stone who were females, fertile, fat, and flatulent, as well as patients with cirrhosis, Crohn's disease, pancreatic disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetics. With that said,these are still the most important risk factors for gallstones formation.

Gall bladder is the place where bile secreted by the liver is stored in.
Its importance is to secrete the sufficient amounts of bile on demand, rather the liver would drip insufficient amounts of bile into the gut, which can lead to indigestion and flatulence, as well as decreased absorbed amounts of fat soluble vitamins ( A, D, E, and K).

Bile is needed to dissolve fats in the meal so that they can be digested and absorbed. this is made when bile interrupts the continuity of the oil phase turning it into minute droplets. Bile is composed mainly of water which contains Cholesterol, Bile salts, and Lecithin (phospholipid) with some fatty acids, blood pigment, inorganic salts. They are kept in balanced liquid phase until bile is supersaturated with cholesterol due to low levels of bile acids and bile lecithin, then bile salts or cholesterol(in 90% of cases) is precipitated to form gall stones.

The gall bladder cleanse is a good way to help prevent problems, and in most cases, solve current gall bladder problems that people have developed.
The process is as follows:

Begin with an apple juice fast.

# Start at 6:00 am by drinking 1 cup(8 oz.) of apple juice. Do this every half-hour to an hour until 6:00 pm (12 hours). Freshly juiced organic apples is best. Apple juice is high in malic acid, which will soften the stones.

# At 6:00 pm, stop drinking the juice. Wait one hour.

# At 7:00 pm, drink 1/2 cup( 4 oz.) of good quality, organic olive oil and a 2 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice chaser. Some people have problems with drinking the olive oil. Putting a few drops of peppermint oil will help make it more palatable.

# Wait 15 minutes and repeat step 3.

# Go to bed. At about midnight, you will have to go to the bathroom, and more than likely you will see little green things ranging in size from pieces of sand to chicken eggs, commonly called "gall stones."

# This whole procedure should be repeated about one week later. Sometimes the gall stones will not come out the first time around.

In fact, every one should do this cleanse at least once a year.This cleanse is more accurately a "liver" cleanse. Even if you do not have gall stones, this is a good way to cleanse the liver. If the liver is functioning properly, it will produce bile with optimal composition and the gall bladder will not have problems often.

Some other helpful ways to keep the liver healthy is to eat foods that are known to have lipotropic effects like Artichoke, Dandelion, Turmeric, Barberry, foods containing glycoproteins here , and supplements containing lipolytic enzymes (lipase) and bile.

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