DIET for Gallstones

In general a low-fat, high vegetable and fruit diet is the best for managing symptoms of gallstones.  A vegetarian diet is associated with a low incidence of gallstones.

Foods recommended for gallstones:
Beets (very good for supporting the liver and gallbladder)
  • Cucumber
  • Green beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Avocado
  • Artichoke
  • Tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Okra
  • Cold water fish and fish oils
  • Grapes and organic grape juice
  • Apples and organic apple juice
  • Apricots
  • Blue and blackberries
  • Currants
  • Figs
  • Guava

  • Pears
  • Papaya
  • Prunes
  • Coconut
  • Flax seed oil
  • Vinegar
  • Vegetable juices
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Onions (may aggravate sensitive individuals)
  • WATER – incredibly important.  Drink 2 liters per day.
  • Peppermint tea
  • Herbal teas

Foods that should be avoided:
  • Deep fried foods
  • Eggs (cause symptoms in up to 95% of patients)
  • Pork
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Dairy (milk, butter, cheese, cream, ice cream)
  • Gluten grains (wheat, barley, spelt, rye, kamut)
  • Corn
  • Coffee (can decrease the risk of developing gallstones, but can aggravate existing gallstones)
  • Black tea
  • Oranges, grapefruit
  • Margarine
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Food allergens
In addition to avoiding these foods you should also avoid large meals, especially late in the evening.  Eat several smaller meals throughout the day and focus on consuming greater amounts of fruit and vegetables.  Once you are symptom free and ready to re-introduce dairy and meat products, select low fat options.
While weight loss is often desirable for people with gallstones it is important not to lose weight too quickly – this can lead to a gallbladder crisis.  Instead focus on slow, steady weight loss and regular aerobic exercise (which also supports gallbladder health).

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo


Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo - So easy, so creamy and just so simple to whip up in 30 minutes from start to finish - perfect for those busy weeknights!

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk, or more, as needed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo - So easy, so creamy and just so simple to whip up in 30 minutes from start to finish - perfect for those busy weeknights!

  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Within the last 2 minutes of cooking time, add broccoli; drain well.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  • Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and garlic powder until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in Parmesan until well combined, about 1 minute. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed.
  • Stir in pasta, broccoli and chicken. Gently toss to combine; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings

The Healing Power of Carrot Juice

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Carrot juice is loaded with live enzymes and antioxidant compounds called carotenes, of which beta-carotene is the most abundant. Just one 8-ounce glass of carrot juice contains a whopping 45,000 IU of vitamin A (from beta carotene) in a highly absorbable, non-toxic form.  That’s nearly 30 times the recommended daily intake!
Carotene power
In addition to beta-carotene, carrot juice is loaded with other carotenes, including lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Together, these antioxidants are a powerhouse for strengthening the optic system—improving eyesight and protecting against astigmatism, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.  Carotenes are also known for fighting cancer and cleansing toxins from the liver and digestive tract.  
They also prevent the formation of kidney stones and scrub away cholesterol-laden plaque build-up on the walls of coronary arteries. Carrot juice also helps the body build resistance to germs, viruses, bacteria, and infections, making it an excellent immune system booster.
Vitamin A as beta-carotene is also important for healthy skin and the proper functioning of the thyroid, adrenal glands.
Carrot juice builds blood and bones it is also an excellent source of vitamins C, E, K, and most of the B vitamins.  It is also rich in the alkaline forming mineral calcium, which helps to strengthen the bones and teeth. And also blood builder and immune system booster.
Carrot juice is a strong liver-cleansing food that breaks down toxins in the liver and releases them quickly into the intestines and kidneys to be eliminated. High quantities 2 pints or more a day may result in an orange tint in the skin. The reason why the skin may change color is due to the amount of toxins being purged from the liver by the mega-dose of carrot juice.  If the bloodstream becomes overwhelmed with toxins and can’t remove them fast enough via the kidneys, the body sends the overflow to be eliminated through the pores of the skin.  This “toxic waste” has a distinct pigment that may turn the skin orange or yellow for a period of time while the liver is being detoxified.  This is a harmless condition and a good sign that the liver is getting a well-needed cleanse. The discoloration will eventually disappear once the liver has been cleared of toxins. 

Health Benefits of Pears


Pears are valuable fruits that have been widely used and savored for their delicious flavor since ancient times. Beyond being a tasty addition to the diet, pears are also packed with nutrients and nutritional value. Some of the health benefits of pears include their ability to aid in weight loss, improve digestion, improve heart health, regulate the body’s fluid levels, reduce blood pressure, increase cognitive ability, prevent cancer, promote wound healing and tissue repair, defend against birth defects, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, increase the metabolism, improve circulation, protect against osteoporosis, while guaranteeing healthier skin, eyes, and hair.

Pears are an integral part of the fruit diet of many cultures around the world, and these oddly shaped and succulent fruits certainly provide a lot of nutritional value and medicinal benefits. The term “pear” actually describes a number of trees and bushes in the genus Pyrus, of the larger family Rosaceae.  There a wide variety of pear trees, and a few of them bear edible fruit that is commonly consumed by humans; a number of pear varieties are only used as decorative trees and shrubs.
The fruit is the upper end of the flower stalk, and is typically pear shaped, narrow at the top (stem) and wider at the bottom, however, this is not the way to ultimately determine a “pear” variety. Some pears are shaped just like apples! The appearance of the flesh inside the skin is also similar to apples, although it is a slightly grittier consistency, due to the presence of stone cells. This is one of the most obvious differences between the two fruits, as well as the taste.
It is native to the Old World, mainly Europe, North Africa, and Asia, and there is evidence of it being consumed since prehistoric times. It was unclear whether European varieties moved east, or if Asian varieties moves west and south from China, but evidence seems to point to China as the ultimate source of pears. It has been a part of international diets for thousands of years, and has been found in Celtic literature, Roman history, and Chinese lore. Its ability to grow easily in places with temperate, cool climates makes it very versatile and rather easy to cultivate.

Nutritional Value of Pears

Besides their availability and flavor, pears have also been valued for their medicinal benefits for thousands of years. Modern science now tells us the contents of the fruit, and the mineral, vitamin, and organic compound content of pear species is the reason for its vast health potential. Some of these active and effective components are potassium, vitamin-C, vitamin K, phenolic compounds, folate, dietary fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, as well as B-complex vitamins.

Health Benefits of Pears

Digestion and Intestinal Health: The fleshy and fibrous pear fruit has a very important role to play in human digestion. With a single serving of pears providing 18% of the daily requirement for fiber intake, they can be a very strong agent for digestive health and function. Most of the fiber in pears is non-soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which means that it acts as a bulking agent in the intestines. It accumulates the food and adds bulk so it is easier to pass through the intestines. Furthermore, it stimulates secretion of gastric and digestive juices so food moves smoother, in a more digested state. It regulates bowel movements and reduces the chances of constipation, as well as diarrhea and loose stool, since it adds that bulk to the bowel movements. Also, the gritty nature of pear fiber helps it bind to cancer-causing agents and free radicals in the colon and protects that organ from their damaging effects.
Low in Calories: One of the complaints that some people have about various fruits is the calorie content, mainly derived from natural sugars. However, pears are one of the lowest calorie fruits; an average pear has just over 100 calories, which is 5% of daily calorie allowance of a healthy diet. However, the nutritional supplementation it gives you is immense, and the fiber makes you feel full. Therefore, people trying to lose weight often turn to pears to get the most “bang for their buck”. It is a high-energy, high-nutrient food with a low impact on weight gain and obesity.
Antioxidant Activity: Like many other fruits, pears are a wealth of antioxidants that combat various diseases and conditions within the body. Antioxidants work to eliminate the free radicals that accumulate in the body following cellular metabolism. These free radicals mutate healthy cell DNA into cancerous cells, and can cause a number of other devastating conditions. Therefore, antioxidant components of vitamin C, vitamin A, and flavonoid compounds like beta-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin, all of which are found in pears, can seriously help rid the body of these dangerous compounds.
Immune System Health: Similarly, the immune system of the body is also boosted by the activities of antioxidants and vitamin-C. Vitamin C has long been known to be beneficial for the immune system, as it stimulates white blood cell production and activity. Traditionally, fruits like pears have been suggested to eliminate simply conditions like the common cold, the flu, or various other mild illnesses that a quick immune system boost could help cure.
Cancer Prevention: Antioxidants are primarily praised for their anti-carcinogenic activities, and pears have been connected to prevention of a number of different types of cancer, including colon, rectum, breast, prostate, and lungs. This is not unique to pears, but they do have a high antioxidant score, compared to many other fruits.

Potassium Content: Pears are a wonderful source of potassium, which means that pears can have a significant impact on heart health, because potassium is a well-known vasodilator. This means that it lowers blood pressure, which reduces strain to the entire cardiovascular system and makes it harder for clots to form or harm you. Furthermore, it increases blood flow to all parts of the body, which oxygenates the organs and promotes their effective function. Lowering blood pressure is also connected to a lower chance of cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. Finally, potassium works as a fluid regulator in the body, meaning that it keeps the various parts of the body hydrated, and ensures the balance of essential fluids in the cells and organs. Without potassium, many of our most essential functions would be either slowed down or stopped altogether!
Wound Healing and Tissue Repair: Vitamin C is also an essential part of synthesizing new tissue in various organs and cellular structures of the body. This keeps the body metabolism running smoothly and ensuring that all functions operate properly. Furthermore, wound healing is sped up with high levels of ascorbic acid, so small injuries, cuts, and damage done by injuries and diseases can be fixed faster if you add high levels of this essential nutrient to your diet, which pears do provide. It also helps to repair damaged blood vessels, which reduces the strain on the cardiovascular system and prevents certain heart diseases from developing.

Circulation and Red Blood Cell Count: For patients that suffer from anemia or other mineral deficiencies, pears can be very helpful, due to its content of copper and iron. Copper facilitates and improves the uptake of minerals into the system, and increased levels of iron mean that red blood cell synthesis increases. Iron is an important part of hemoglobin and anemia is another name for iron deficiency. You can prevent fatigue, cognitive malfunction, muscle weakness, and organ system malfunction by consuming foods high in iron and copper, both of which are found in significant amounts in pears.
Birth Defects: Folates are another of the valuable nutritional components of pears. Folic acid has been positively correlated with a reduction in neural tube defects in newborns, so eating folate-rich fruits like pears can protect the health and happiness of your baby, so pregnant women are always encouraged to monitor their folic acid levels.
Inflammation Reduction: The antioxidant and flavonoid components of pears can also induce anti-inflammatory effects in the body and reduce the pain associated with inflammation diseases. This includes the reduction in symptoms of arthritis, rheumatic conditions, gout, and similar conditions. Most fruits have these effects, although citrus fruits are not quite as effective.
Bone Health: The high mineral content of pears, which includes magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, and copper, means that you can reduce bone mineral loss and debilitating conditions like osteoporosis and general weakness of the body due to lack of support from the bones.

Skin, Hair, and Eyes: One of the most versatile vitamins in the human body is Vitamin A. Pears are high in vitamin A, and its subsequent components, like lutein and zea-xanthin.  They act as an antioxidant as well as participating in a number of enzymatic reactions and organ functions, pears can reduce the effects of aging on the skin, like wrinkles and age spots. This powerful fruit can also reduce hair loss, macular degeneration, cataracts, and various other conditions associated with the aging process.
A Few Words of Caution: There are no known interactions or health risks with pears, although there are always ongoing studies. However, since some people suffer from allergic reactions based on certain types of fruit, monitor your body’s behavior and reaction if you do not normally eat pears, and only eat an appropriate amount, no more than one pear per day.

Malic Acid to Soften Gallstones

Malic acid in apples, tart cherries, and cranberries

The malic acid in apples, tart cherries, and cranberries softens even the crumbliest cholesterol gallstones for smooth passage in liver cleansing. 

You May Get Better Results

This extra step to prepare your stones is optional but may decongest your liver and gallbladder for better results. About 80% of all gallstones are said to be cholesterol stones.

Crumbly Stones to Jelly Beans
Stones become very soft this way and difficult to inspect or freeze (if that's what you want to do). They wiggle like jelly.

Adding Malic Acid to Your Liver Cleanse

Some liver cleansing methods specify how to prepare gallstones in advance. For those that do not, you can add your own stone-softening magic.

Apple Juice for Six  Days

Days 1-5, drink 32 ounces (4 cups) organic apple juice each day on an empty stomach. Try 2 cups before breakfast and 2 cups before lunch. Wait 30 minutes to eat. On day 6, drink all 32 ounces in the morning then follow the instructions for your cleanse.

Apple Juice the Day Before

The day before your cleanse, drink 16 ounces (2 cups) organic apple juice every 2 hours for a total of 14 cups. Don't eat or drink anything else, except water. On the day of your cleanse, continue drinking the apple juice every 2 hours until you need to stop as directed by your cleanse.

Tart Cherry Juice

Days 1-5, sip 8 ounces tart cherry juice throughout the day. On the sixth day, drink the 8 ounces in the morning, followed by the cleanse that night.

Cranberry Juice

Days 1-5, dilute 16 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice with 8-16 ounces water or apple juice and sip during the day. On day 6, drink the juice in the morning then complete your cleanse that night.
Eating apples can help safely pass gallstones

Apples, Apples, Apples

Add two or more apples to your diet every day
for at least a week before your cleanse or on an ongoing basis. Some people have passed stones just by eating apples, no cleanse required! You can also do a partial apple fast the week before your cleanse, eating nothing but apples for breakfast and lunch followed by a sensible dinner.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Combine 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 3-4 cups water and sip throughout the day for five days. On the sixth day, drink the mixture in the morning, then follow instructions for your cleanse.

Malic Acid Supplement

Stir one teaspoon powdered malic acid into about 3-4 cups water, and sip throughout the day. Do not use capsules, which are less effective. Do this five days. On the sixth day, drink the full dose in the morning and cleanse that evening.

Tart Cherries ... melatonin


This Sleeping Giant Eases Stomach Pain

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If you’ve ever had an ulcer, you know how hard it is to get relief. You’ve probably taken your share of over-the-counter antacids and acid blockers. But those are just a temporary fix…at best.
For some people, ulcers start out as gastritis. That’s widespread inflammation in the gut. Gastritis can cause enough pain on its own. But when it causes an ulcer…you need to treat it right away. Ulcers don’t just cause burning and sharp pains. They can be dangerous.
If you want real relief, you need to get to the root of the problem. What’s that? Well, for most ulcers, it’s usually bacteria called H. pylori.1
The good news is that your gut fights inflammation every day. It produces good bacteria and natural substances that keep you healthy. One of those natural substances is a surprising hormone that most people don’t know their gut even produces.
This unlikely hormone heals gastritis and kills H. pylori.
It’s melatonin… Yes, the same melatonin you take to help you sleep.
Yes, your pineal gland makes melatonin, but your gut produces 400-times more.

And, it gobbles up damaging free radicals. Including the stomach acid and enzymes that can cause damage to your stomach lining.
In the past, human studies have shown that melatonin can prevent ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel disease, and colon cancer. Now a new study proves the power of melatonin to get rid of the H.pylori bacteria.
One hundred patients with duodenal ulcers and gastritis took part in the study. All the patients had H. pylori bacteria in their gut.
For the first seven days, one group took an antibiotic and medication to block stomach acid. The second group had the same treatment, but also took melatonin. They took 3 mg before bed.
After the first week, both groups quit taking the antibiotic.
At the end of two months ... The patients who took melatonin had less H. pylori in their gut. Melatonin helped get rid of it, and gut inflammation. These people experienced better gut healing.
As you age, your natural melatonin levels decrease. The best way to get it is to get enough sleep. But that’s not always so easy.
Try eliminating all artificial light from your bedroom. Darkness triggers melatonin production. Even an alarm clock’s light can interfere.
Caffeine might decrease melatonin levels in the body.2 However, several foods contain melatonin, and can help increase your body’s levels.

Tart cherries, red wine, bananas, tomatoes, and ginger are good sources.3
If you take a melatonin supplement, 0.3 mg to 3 mg at bedtime is the standard dose. Most melatonin supplements are supposed to be dissolved under the tongue.4
So if you’re prone to stomach problems, try melatonin to give your gut some powerful protection. You’ll also benefit from getting a good night’s sleep. Quality sleep lowers your stress levels, stress can also cause inflammation throughout your body, including your gut and intestines.



High-Protein Diet ... ... CURE Gastritis

 High-Protein Diet

A high-protein diet 32 percent protein, suppressed chronic gastritis in gerbils infected with the H. pylori bacteria.  

Protein sources include low-fat dairy, beans and other legumes, soy foods, lean meats, fish and eggs.

Avoid refined foods such as breads, pasta and table sugar. Opt for whole grains such as whole wheat, quinoa, whole oats and brown rice. High-fiber diet rich in B vitamins, calcium, flavonoids and antioxidants.

Dark leafy greens, whole grains, beans, peas, fish, poultry, eggs and lean meat. Foods rich in flavonoids include citrus fruits, soybeans and other legumes, kale, broccoli, yellow onions, apples, berries and scallions.




Eggs are storehouse of vital nutrients

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Around the world, eggs have been served for a breakfast. An egg is a storehouse of vital nutrients, making them an healthy diet. This power food is smart consumption. Eggs are rich source of protein — an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. The body uses protein to build and repair tissues as well as making enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Unfortunately, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply. Eggs contain a large amount of antioxidants. One egg contains twice as much antioxidants than an apple, and about the same amount of antioxidants as the same amount of blueberries.

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Eggs contain a large amount of tryptophan and tyrosine. And also, eggs contain beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Eggs from hens that are fed natural grass, have ten times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids, and six times the amount of vitamin D from eggs hens fed concentrate .

Eating more eggs is an awesome way to give yourself a health boost. The goodness of eggs is found in the yolk it contains over 90% of calcium and iron and the white contains good protein. One little egg is packed with several vitamins essential to your health:

• Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which helps your body to break down food into energy.

• Vitamin B12 (cobalamin), vital for producing red blood cells

• Vitamin A which is great for your eyesight

• Vitamin E, which fights off the free radicals that can cause tissue and cellular damage, which may lead to cancer. Vitamins A and B2 are also important for growth—so make sure your kids are eating eggs regularly, too.

Croque Madame (Ham, Cheese, and Fried Egg Sandwich)
2. Weight loss .... Did you know that eating eggs can help you lose weight? Eating eggs for breakfast helps limit your calorie intake all day, by more than 400 calories. That means you could lose three pounds or more per month.

This is probably because eggs keep you full for longer— And although eggs contain cholesterol, this is “dietary cholesterol”—different from the “blood cholesterol” in your body. There's no evidence that eating eggs will increase your blood cholesterol levels.

Essential minerals .. Eggs are packed with iron, zinc and phosphorus minerals that are vital for your body. We need plenty of iron and not getting enough could leave you feeling tired, run down and grumpy. Zinc keeps your immune system in top form and helps your body turn food into energy. Phosphorus is important for healthy bones and teeth.

And there are some trace minerals you need in small amounts in eggs: iodine, required to make thyroid hormones, and selenium, an antioxidant that can help cut your risk of cancer.
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Low-calorie protein ...
One medium egg contains just 70 to 85 calories—and about 6.5 grams of protein. That means three eggs provide 19.5 grams of protein the average woman needs about 50 grams a day, so that’s almost half of your daily intake.

Eating a three-egg Spanish omelette, or three scrambled or poached eggs on toast, will keep you full for hours.   

 5 reasons to eat more eggs

Another important nutrient you'll find abundantly in egg white is riboflavin or Vitamin B2. Riboflavin is a water soluble vitamin which is involved in vital metabolic processes in the body and is necessary for normal cell function, growth, and energy production.

The yolk, is actually a very healthy food, if consumed in moderation. Mainly fat, the yolk contains 1.33 gm of cholesterol per 100 gms and is a rich source of vitamin A, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, lecithin and iron. The iron found in the yolk is easily digested and assimilated in the body. According to nutrition experts, one can eat one whole egg every day without harming one's cholesterol and other blood-fat levels.

Boiled eggs ... this is a comfort food that brings back yummy childhood memories. Boiling an egg is one of the healthiest way you can consume. A short cooking time produces a soft boiled egg, with a runny yolk while boiling the eggs for a longer time will give you a nice hard boiled eggs, which can be eaten plain,
sliced, mashed and even added to variety of dishes.