Though I haven’t had gallstones myself, knock on wood, I’ve been around family and friends who have. Just the thought of suffering through gallstones makes me wince in sympathy. It’s astounding to know that 1 in 10 Americans suffer from gallstones and over 500,000 have surgery to remove them annually (Cornforth, 2014).
Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder and are either classified as cholesterol or pigment (bilirubin) stones; both of which come from the bile produced by the liver. Gallstones can be caused by: “genetics, obesity, estrogen, ethnic background, gender and age (more common in women and older people), cholesterol drugs, diabetes, and rapid weight loss” (Gallstones, 2014).
For those who aren’t familiar with gallstones but suspect they may have them; the symptoms can include (Gallstones, 2013):
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone
- Back pain between your shoulder blades
- Pain in your right shoulder
For dissolving gallstones and preventing pain, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are what’s called for thanks to their high acidic content.
Gallstone Relief Recipe
- 2 Teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (look for raw, organic or natural)
- 1 Teaspoon of lemon juice
- 8 oz warm water
- To the cup add warm water, vinegar and lemon juice
- Stir and drink
- Drink this first thing each morning for a few weeks
- Check in with your health care provider after a few weeks to have the gallstones assessed
Wondering how to reduce your chances of getting a gallstone in the first place? Look back at the causes noted above and reduce the factors in a sensible manner. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Cornforth, T. (2014, December 17). Points to Remember About Gallstones – Gallstone Facts and Statistics. About. Retrieved from http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/gallbladder/a/gallstonessymtr_5.htm.
Gallstones – Symptoms. (2013, July 25). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gallstones/basics/symptoms/con-20020461.
Gallstones. (2014, December 3). Web MD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/gallstones?page=3