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Best & Worst Foods for Gallbladder Disease

What foods are thought to be good for gallbladder disease?

Organic and locally grown foods from the list below are wonderful raw or lightly steamed, especially the green vegetables. Don’t forget, we must include good fats (like avocados) too.

Green beans – not the same as dried beans
Sweet potatoes (not yams – these are the ones that are gold inside not reddish orange; they have a lighter peel)
Avocados – a good way to get needed fats directly from food
Vinegars – all types
Garlic and onions help with liver cleansing but not processed types like flakes or powder. But some people have trouble digesting them so pay attention to what your own body tells you!
Tomatoes – ripe
Cold water fish – salmon, trout
Lemons (lemon juice in the morning with hot water helps to clean the liver)
Grapes and fresh organic grape juice
Apples, berries, papaya, pears
Oils like flax or hemp should be used for salad dressing with fresh lemon juice or vinegar.
Do not ever cook flax oil. Always keep it refrigerated. You may cook in vegetable broth.
Vegetable juices – beet and cucumber are especially helpful to gallbladder. You can add other green vegetables like swiss chard, dandelion greens, beet greens, celery, carrots, (avoid the cabbage family)
Avoid all fruit juices except organic grape juice and organic apple (self-juiced is best but most health food stores have some good options, just read the labels carefully).
All the vegetables listed above for juicing are good.
Use baby mixed organic greens for salads just avoid the bitter greens for now. Add the baby greens slowly to grated raw beet recipe provided in Part 1.
Soluble and insoluble fiber found in fruits, vegetables and guar gum are also beneficial.

It is very important to never over eat anything, less is best and do not eat late and do not eat when stressed.

When gallbladder disease is suspected or has been confirmed, again it is critical to avoid fried foods, fatty foods and particular types of fats like trans fats, hydrogenated fats, partially-hydrogenated fats (read your labels) and saturated fats. also has a newsletter (they are all archived so you can peruse them all; you may be interested in one entitled “Good Fats vs. Bad Fats”) and these newsletters serve to keep us all updated on their latest findings. Their clients also share information and comments on what has worked for them which is passed on to their readers. We all have so much to offer each other and I think instead of survival of the fittest or that old notion of only the strong survive, I believe that we truly survive through a cooperative society of people helping other people and that is what drives me to write this blog and share what I have found, thus far and yes even using the brand names of what works for my clients and me and how to get them as I am always on the hunt for new products to explore.

Nutritionally I recommend to my clients that they begin to slowly add back some beneficial foods to the recipes I provided in Part 1 of this post, which included the green soup and the beet recipe. To the beet recipe we can slowly incorporate baby greens and avocado, if the recipe is tolerated. You can also try adding freshly diced avocado to the green soup and add a dash of Himalayan pink salt. Experiment slowly with each additional food being added one at a time.

Remember, if you are in severe gallbladder pain, and especially if you also have a fever, consult your doctor immediately or go straight to the emergency room.

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Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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3:13AM PST on Mar 2, 2015

I am 21 years old and have had problems with my
gallbladder since I was 19. Now I do everything I can to treat this disease. Thank you for the information and useful article

10:34AM PST on Feb 7, 2015

Fyi .. I'm 44 never gallbladder problems but recently on amoxicillin for sinus infection and read amoxicillin can bring on a gallbladder attack .... Found out while rehydrating so can Gatorade ... Ugh . Had first gallbladder attack .1 am in morning after 5 days on amoxicillin felt like a mule kicked me hard on my right side Took dandelion root tea and milk thistle capsules and did warm hot compress with castor oil .. Still in a bit o pain 4 hours later but much better with herbs and castr oil pack ( outside right side of belly) ps still have Alitalia pain

8:47PM PDT on Sep 30, 2014


5:26AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

arghhhhh, I meant stones, I have LOTS and the meds are called Atorvastatin

5:24AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

It is a COMMON fact that the removal of the gallbladder is one of the MOST conducted surgeries in Germany, and 3/4 of them are NOT necessary. It is a cheap surgery and brings lots of moolah to the hospitals.
I am STONERICH for over 20 years now, my stone probably caused by high cholesterol, which in my case is genetic and now taken care of by Atovastatin. My diet isand was HEALTHY anyways.

As long as my gallbladder does not explode, I stay totally cool.

11:04PM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with gallstones today. I had an attack on Wednesday at work after eating a delicious pork roll.. Rushed to hospital with severe chest pain.. I got sent home as the pain had gone and it wasn't my heart as what they thought. However I had to get a ultra scan yesterday and see my own GP and received the news this morning ... Apparently i have multiple stones in my gall bladder and now need to wait to hear from the public hospital for a date on seeing a surgeon. I have familiarized myself in what to eat and what not to eat, but what about the medication of pain relief and the feeling of indigestion and acid burning.. any tips would be muchly appreciated, TIA.

7:18PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Godbless to everyone... I am 29 yrs. old man working in a hotel in middle east for more than 5 years. But recently i was discovered that i have gallstones through ultra sound and the largest size was 12mm and two others are 7mm each. Then when i went to hospital for the check up, the doctor was advice me to take a laparoscopic surgery to remove my gallbladder. But i was decided to take it later or after a month because i just want to try the other option to dissolve my gallstone naturally and i found a lot of remedy on different site. I choose the 6 days method on how to flush gallstone.

My question is the 6 days method on how to flush gallstone naturally. is it safe or no?

Thank You...

6:47AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

Hard to take this seriously when you have no idea what sweet potatoes/yams are.

8:50AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Or maybe cats should go vegan too...?

8:50AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Why, Alison? Cats like milk.

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