Everyone is born with a gallbladder. It's one of your body organs that sits near your liver, on the right side of your abdomen, deep under your rib cage.
And if you're like most people, you want to keep as many body organs as possible. However, when pain strikes your body, most doctors want to do surgery to remove whatever is hurting.
The gallbladder's purpose is to store extra bile made by the liver to digest fat. Your gallbladder releases this stored bile when needed into a small tube called the common bile duct. This tube connects to the small intestine where most of your food is digested.
It also stores cholesterol, proteins, salts and bilirubin (the yellow broken down product of the substance that gives blood its red color) that have already been filtered by your liver.
Problems with your gallbladder arise when your diet contains too much fat or when rapid weight loss occurs. This information may seem conflicting, but actually it is not. The fact is that too much or too little fat can hurt you. This can tax the gallbladder's ability to smoothly provide a free flow of bile, keeping it healthy.
Too much fat in your diet clogs the gallbladder and causes gallstones to form that get stuck in the common bile duct. Rapid weight loss caused by too little fat causes the gallbladder to sit dorment for long periods of time and the old cholesterol that's just sitting there can harden and form gallstones.
These gallstones inflame the gallbladder causing pain, nausea, excessive belching and fever. Sometimes the gallbladder will try to pass these stones through the common bile duct and they get stuck, causing even more pain, nausea and fever.
Most gallstones are made up of cholesterol, protein and salts, but some are made up of calcium. These are harder and larger and more difficult to pass during a gallbladder/liver flush. So it's a good idea to have a doctor diagnose the type and size of your gallstones before attempting a flush.
When your gallbladder attack becomes extremely painful, your doctor will likely want to schedule you for surgery to remove your gallbladder. This may take care of the immediate problem, but not the long term problem. Some people continue to have gallstones in their liver long after a gallbladder removal surgery.
The root problem of poor diet has not been addressed and the condition will continue. In some cases, pancreatic cancer will develop many years after a gallbladder removal has been performed because of the constant irritation to the digestive system.
If you're interested in helping your gallbladder to heal, you might consider the following liver/gallbladder flush. Start by drinking a quarter cup of pure apple cider vinegar in a full glass of organic apple juice every day, several times a day for four days. Then, on the fourth evening, begin drinking a quarter cup of olive oil with two tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice every twenty minutes. Do this eight times. It's easier to handle the oil if you suck it through a straw. It also helps to keep the oil down if you immediately pop a peppermint into your mouth.
It's not a good idea to do the complete flush if you are experiencing a painful gallbladder attack. It's like kicking a sick horse. If it's possible to let the attack pass, begin the flush once your pain has subsided. The vinegar and apple juice part of the flush will definitely help with the pain and it won't be harsh on your gallbladder.
Only begin the oil and lemon juice part if your pain has stopped. Once you complete the flush, you should lie on your right side. A moist heating pad will help your gallbladder calm down and loosen the stones.
You may experience some nausea and vomiting during the night. Don't be alarmed by this. Your body is trying to rid itself of the toxins. By morning or soon thereafter, you should start to pass the stones. It may be accompanied by watery stool. These stones will look like different sized green peas, especially if they are made up of cholesterol. If they are calcium stones, they may present in different colors.
Again, if your doctor confirms that your stones are made up calcium and are very large, it is best to change your diet over time and soften the stones with bile producing foods (celery, radish, garlic, lemon, lime and olive oil) rather than a drastic flush. Lemon juice also works to break down the stones into smaller ones and possibly even dissolve them if enough is consumed. After a flush, drink plenty of water and rest, if possible.
Taking good care of your liver and gallbladder will add considerable quality and possibly years to your life.