Gall Bladder Disease diet

What helps Gall Bladder Disease?

• Proper dietary construction and total calories sufficient to reach and maintain ideal body weight and fat percentage will reduce your risk for gall bladder disease. Begin with protein intake sufficient to provide 1/2 gram of complete lean protein (lean meat, chicken, fish, egg whites) for each pound of lean body mass. Because each gram of protein provides 4 calories, you can determine the number of calories from protein by multiplying your gram requirement by 4. For reducing gall bladder disease risk, this number of calories should account for 25% of your day's calorie total. Another 45% of your calories should come from whole fruits, vegetables that are low in starch (broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, carrots, squashes, green peas, leafy greens), and rice and oats. The final 30% of your diet should be a mixture of dietary fats, with 20% from olive oil, canola oil, or sunflower oil and 10% from animal fat.

•  Gall Bladder Disease dietGall Bladder Disease diet: Dietary fiber helps to reduce the cholesterol content in bile. Recommendation: Aim for a total daily fiber intake of 40 to 50 grams per day. Although choosing vegetables that are low in starch will usually mean those richer in fiber, you will still probably need to take extra fiber supplementation. We recommend that you use a vegetable bulk powdered preparation containing psyllium, such as Konsyl, Metamucil, or Citrucel, which provide about 3 to 6 grams of fiber per teaspoon depending on which brand you choose. Begin to slowly add this fiber supplement to your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Take care not to increase your dose rapidly, because you may develop unpleasant side effects, such as bloating, cramping, and gas. Begin with just 1/4 teaspoon in juice or a sugar-free citrus beverage at bedtime. Increase after a week to 1/4 teaspoon morning and night. Then increase to 1/2 teaspoon doses morning and night, then 1 teaspoon, 11/2 teaspoons, and finally 2 teaspoons morning and night. At that level, you will be adding 12 to 24 extra grams of fiber a day to your food intake. You can continue to increase to a full tablespoon (3 teaspoons) at each dose, which will provide 20 to 36 grams of supplemental fiber per day. The key to success is to go slowly and to be consistent with your intake from day to day.

•  Gall Bladder Disease diet: Substituting soy for milk protein may help to reduce your risk for developing stones. Research in laboratory animals suggests a reduction in gall stone formation by removing casein (the protein of milk) from the diet and using soy products instead. Whether these results will bear out as beneficial in people is not yet clear. Recommendation: If you are at high risk for developing gall stones and like soy milk and tofu, use them in place of milk products. It may reduce your risk for gall bladder disease. Without clearer and more certain evidence, 1 would not categorically recommend substituting soy products for milk protein in everyone at risk.

• For gall stones, mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil with the juice of one lemon before bed and when you awake. Stones are often passed and eliminated in stool using this technique.

• Eat your breakfast. People who skip breakfast or only have coffee develop gall stones more frequently. Remember, as we mentioned earlier, the gall bladder only works when it senses fat in the small intestine, and since the longest period of time without food (and therefore with the gall bladder stagnant) is from one evening meal to the next breakfast, it's important to eat a morning meal. Recommendation: Eat a regular breakfast containing some protein, some fat, and some starch. That could be as simple as a serving of scrambled eggs and a piece of lightly buttered toast. It could be a little fruit and yogurt or cottage cheese. It could be a small piece of meat or a hardboiled egg with half a bagel. A bowl of oatmeal. A bran muffin with a little butter or margarine. It doesn't have to be a major production, it just shouldn't be skipped.

• People who drink a moderate amount of alcohol (1/2 to 1 ounce per day of distilled spirits or 1 glass of wine or 1 "lite" beer) develop fewer gall stones than strict abstainers. Recommendation: Drink a single glass of wine with dinner. You may instead drink an ounce of distilled liquor 3 to 4 times a week or a "lite" beer 3 or 4 times a week. Please do not use this remedy if you are an alcoholic or someone with a strong history of alcoholism in your family.

• Gall Bladder Disease diet: Moderate coffee consumption may inhibit the formation of gall stones. Recommendation: If you like coffee, a moderate intake, which means 3 or fewer cups of regular coffee per day, may reduce your gall bladder risk if you don't already have stones.

•  Gall Bladder Disease dietVitamin C deficiency may increase the tendency to form gall stones. Supplementing with the vitamin can reduce your risk. Recommendation: Refer to the discussion of this important vitamin in the A to Z Nutrient listings in Section we. You should take a minimum of 500 mg time-release vitamin C twice daily, but you may tolerate (and need) a higher dose. The listing for this vitamin describes how to take a higher dose using the crystalline (powdered) form.

•  Vitamin E may reduce the risk of developing gall stones made purely of cholesterol (most stones contain a lot of cholesterol along with other bile salts and calcium) by reducing the levels of cholesterol in the bile. Recommendation: Begin with a small dose of vitamin E (100 IU per day) and be certain taking the vitamin does not elevate your blood pressure. If your pressure remains at 140/90 or less on average (take 5 readings on different days and average that number), you may increase your dose to 200 IU, 400 IU, 600 IU, and finally 800 IU, checking blood pressure before each increase.

• L-glycine is an amino acid essential for the proper biosynthesis of nucleic and bile acids. Recommendation: Take 500 mg on an empty stomach with water or juice.

• Lecithin, which provides dietary choline, may help to keep cholesterol in solution in the bile and prevent the formation of stones. Recommendation: Take 1 to 2 grams of soybean lecithin per day if you know you have "sludge" in your gall bladder. If you have no symptoms or documented sludge, take 500 mg lecithin a day as a means of prevention.

• Gall Bladder Disease dietGall Bladder Disease diet: People who follow a vegetarian lifestyle have fewer gall stones. But strict vegetarians may suffer a host of other medical maladies, and so the trade-off is probably not to your benefit in the long run. The fact that the human body cannot build, grow, or repair itself without sufficient complete protein every day makes a tough job for a true vegetarian. Although you can find all the necessary components for complete protein in the plant world, learning to match foods to make all the essential amino acids available at the same time can be tricky and takes some degree of expertise. Adding egg whites, however, solves the problem, since egg white is complete protein all by itself. With that single change, you can live very nicely on a diet of fruits, grains, vegetables, and egg whites. Each egg white contains 6 grams of complete protein, and since most adults usually need 60 to 80 grams of protein per day. you have to eat a lot of egg white to get your allotment with egg white alone. But you can do it. (For my money, unless you have philosophical objections to eating the flesh of other living creatures, some fish, shellfish, and occasional poultry rounds your diet out nicely—it's just not vegetarian.)

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