Water Education - Water and Health

Water and Gallstones

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Eat healthy and exercise

Healthy fats: Healthy fats found in avocados, flaxseed, olive oil, fish oil, and omega-3 fatty acids are called mono-saturated fats. These healthy fats may lower the risk of gallstones. In contrast, saturated fats also found in fatty meats, butter, and other animal products can increase the likelihood of gallstones and high cholesterol.

Fiber: Those who eat diets low in fiber and high in fat may be more susceptible to getting stones, as are those who are obese, who have inflammatory bowel disease and other digestive disorders. Fiber can be found in whole-grain breads, cereals, vegetables, and can help you lose weight and prevent gallstones.

Fruits, veggies, nuts: Consuming these foods will also aid in the prevention of gallstones.

Sugar and Carbs: Carbohydrates are converted to sugar in the body and too much sugar in your diet may cause gallstones.

Meals: Try to have a usual mealtime each day and don't skip meals. Skipping or fasting can increase the risk of gallstones.

Exercise: It is recommended to exercise 30 minutes, 5 times a week to help keep your weight down. Along with eating a low fat diet, exercising is also an effective way to help you stay close to a healthy weight and lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

As mentioned above, low fiber diets can contribute- so a diet high in fiber can help prevent stones. Also, keeping at your body's ideal weight will help. And, drinking plenty of water, at least six to eight glasses per day, will help keep bile production running smooth. Adequate water content in the liver for bile is crucial. Aside from just for bile, pure water can also aid in flushing cholesterol out of the body in general. So, drink some water and keep those juices flowing for a healthy gall bladder.

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