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Gallstones

Also indexed as:Cholelithiasis, Gallbladder Attacks
Although small in size, gallstones can cause big discomfort. What can you do to keep your gall bladder healthy? According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Eat whole branDecrease cholesterol build-up in the bile by eating more wheat bran-containing foods, such as some cereals. Drink plenty of water when you eat bran.
Enjoy coffeeCoffee increases bile flow and therefore might reduce the risk of gallstones. Caffeine appears to be the protective ingredient, as decaffeinated coffee has not been linked with any protection.
Go vegetarianChoose a low-fat vegetarian diet rich in vegetables and beans.
Cut the cholesterolSome studies link cholesterol to the risk of gallstones. Eating more vegetables and fiber while avoiding eggs may reduce your risk.
Uncover food allergiesWork with a knowledgeable professional to see whether food allergies are triggering your gallbladder attacks. Eggs, pork, and onions are common culprits.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.