Facebook Pixel


By June 23, 2011 - 8:57pm
Rate This

I was recently told I had gallstones after having a MRI for my back. Does anyone know if you can eat or not eat food that, might help dissolve them? Also is there any more natural substances that would help.

Add a Comment2 Comments

Hi Jinger,

Thanks for your post!
Here are a few dietary changes and supplements that may help dissolve those pesky gallstones:

Take ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) tablets. Ascorbic acid converts cholesterol to bile acids. With less cholesterol levels and more bile acids, the gallstones will naturally dissolve slowly. You can take Vitamin C supplements as well as foods rich in Vitamin C such as oranges, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and broccoli.

Consume lecithin supplements. Lecithin is a lipid substance that aids in the breakdown of fat molecules from food and helps dissolve and prevent the formation of gallstones. Aside from lecithin supplements, eat foods that are rich in lecithin including tofu, lentils and grains.

Alter your diet. Reduce or eliminate the consumption of fried and fatty foods such as meat products and pastries. These types of foods are saturated in unhealthy cholesterol. The faster you lessen or eliminate your intake of these foods, the faster your liver can balance out the cholesterol levels, which in turn will dissolve any gallstones and prevent future ones from forming.

Drink 12 glasses of water every day. Water plays a vital role in dissolving gallstones. Since our body is made of mostly water, it is important that you maintain the balance of cells, enzymes and hormones. Water flushes out toxins through sweat, including unwanted cholesterol, which in turn dissolves the gallstones.

Eat food rich in fiber. Fiber binds cholesterol, bile and fatty acids together to form stool. It makes the stool bulkier and assists transporting cholesterol out of your body as waste, thereby slowly breaking down any gallstones in the gallbladder. Foods rich in fiber include oatmeal, wheat bread, corn and figs.

Read more: How to Dissolve Gall Stones Naturally | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5037483_dissolve-gall-stones-naturally.html#ixzz1QCVmd6na

After those gallstones have dissolved, here are some things you can do to prevent getting them again:

Maintain a healthy weight.
Avoid rapid weight loss diets.
Exercise regularly.
Eat a diet low in saturated fat.
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables , and whole grain foods .

Good Luck!


June 24, 2011 - 6:45am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thanks so much Rosa, my big issue is I am allergic to wheat and dairy. So my fiber intake is low. I eat rice products instead. I do eat a lot of veggies but will eat more Vit. C ones. My cholesterol is very low 80, so I was surprised that I had them. I will poor on the C and the lecithin and try that. I rarely eat rice bread but will try that too. Any other ideas pass them along.

June 24, 2011 - 2:02pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.


Get Email Updates

Related Topics

Gallstones Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!