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Pristyn Care

@ Surgical Clinics in India | | Health-beauty

Looking for a way on how to prevent gallstones? A crucial role that plays in lowering the risk of gallstones developing is the daily diet you consume. Not only following a well-balanced diet is essential but also important tips to follow such as avoid skipping meals, or follow crash diets and taking excess sugar. 


Turmeric


The active ingredient in turmeric- Curcumin- offers various medicinal properties. Curcumin boosts bile flow that helps in improving fat digestion. In turn, this reduces the risk of gallstones developing. Moreover, it also helps in reducing cholesterol levels and breaking down the particles responsible for development of gallstones.

 One should consume 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder every day. Take turmeric by adding it in the food or mixing it with warm milk or with water and honey. To increase its potency, one can also add some black pepper. The active ingredient of black pepper-piperine- is responsible for its pungency and increases its absorption of curcumin. 


Fresh Gruits and Vegetables


To remove toxins from the body, the gallbladder works in collaboration with the liver. Therefore, to prevent the crystallization of cholesterol and calcium and eventually gallstones, the gallbladder and liver need to be detoxified regularly. For detoxification of these organs, eat alkalized fruits and vegetables such as lemons, apples, beets, celery, and tomatoes. You can also drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice. Particularly, unfiltered, raw apple juice contains a high amount of pectin that helps to break down the stones in the gallbladder. 


Healthy Fats Foods


Healthy fats- monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fatty acids- reduce the cholesterol level in the body, lowers the risk of gallstones. As the body is unable to produce healthy fats, incorporate foods that are rich in the same. For monounsaturated fat supply, add olive oil to the foods. Include food items such as salmon, lake trout, mackerel, and sardines for the supply of polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. 


Coffee


The benefits of consuming gallstones regularly for preventing the formation of gallstones is controversial. People who drink 1-2 cups of coffee daily are said to have a lower risk of gallstones. The effect of caffeine helps to lower the risk of gallstones with its ability to stimulate bile flow. However, coffee is addictive in nature. Hence, beware of getting addicted to the beverage. 


Fiber-Rich foods


Dietary food helps in maintaining digestive health and offers protection from various gallbladder diseases including gallstones. According to health experts, the fiber works by enhancing the movement of food through the gut and lowering the production of secondary bile acids. Here is a list of foods that are rich in fiber-


  • Wholegrain foods such as breakfast cereals, pasta, bread and oats, barley and rye
  • Fruits such as berries, pears, melon and oranges
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and sweetcorn
  • Peas, beans and pulses
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Potatoes with skin


Iron-Rich foods


When there is a deficiency of iron in the body, it can increase the risk of gallstones developing in the body. Iron is responsible for the metabolism of cholesterol and thereby, prevents gallstones from developing. Some of the iron-rich foods to eat are-


  • Liver of chicken and lamb
  • Sardines
  • Beef
  • Egg
  • Duck
  • Shellfish 
  • Spinach 
  • Legumes 
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Quinoa 
  • Broccoli 
  • Tofu 
  • Dark chocolate 
  • Fish 
  • Habits That Can Reduce The Risk of Gallstones
  • Here are some habits that need to be followed in addition to eating the above foods-
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly