12 Fantastic Ways To Prevent Gallbladder Problems (#5 Is The Best!)

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Your gallbladder: For a small, four-inch, pear-sized organ, it sure can wreak a great deal of havoc! If you have ever had a gallbladder attack or gallstones, then you know how painful they can be.

The main function of the gallbladder is to store bile, a fluid that helps the body break down fat in the intestine. You can live without your gallbladder, but who wants to go through surgery?

In addition to stones, the gallbladder can develop other problems such as inflammation, biliary colic, and a dysfunctional issues. These problems tend to occur more with women than with men, and they can range from a minor annoyance to a major medical problem.

Although the symptoms of gallbladder problems can vary depending on the problem, common symptoms include pain beneath the right shoulder blade or even radiating to the upper back, pain in the right abdomen after eating a meal with a high fat content, heartburn, indigestion, excessive gas, chest pain, and bloating.

Some of these symptoms resemble a heart condition so you should always get a proper diagnosis from a doctor. But before you opt for surgery, try a few of the following 12 natural ways that you can prevent problems with your gallbladder.


1.  Coffee

Although coffee can have its drawbacks, it is also a healthy source of antioxidants. Studies have shown that moderate amounts of regular, caffeinated coffee (about two cups a day) can reduce the risk of developing gallstones. It is interesting to note that caffeine from other beverages, such as tea or sodas, were not shown to have any benefit. So enjoy your coffee in the morning and don’t feel guilty about it.


2.  Maintain A Healthy Weight

One of the major factors for developing gallstones is being overweight. If you are more than 20 pounds overweight, adjust your diet and exercise program so that you lose no more than two pounds a week. Losing weight rapidly, such as what often happens through crash diets, often leads to even more gallbladder problems. Eat a more natural diet and allow the weight to fall off gradually.


3.  Radishes

Radishes are a wonderful option to help improve the gallbladder as they naturally increase the production of bile. However, too much a good thing can cause you further gallbladder problems. If you are already suffering from problems with your gallbladder, limit yourself to no more than one medium-sized, organic radish each day. If you simply want to avoid problems, then you can safely eat two or three each day if you love them.

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