… and how not grow your own or relieve and dissolve those you might already have. Spoiler alert: radishes are awesome.

A lot of us walk around with an underactive gall blather. You can skate on that for a while with no major issues but in time you’re most likely to develop gallstones which are literally little, or not so little stones (or just one) lodged in your gall blather sack. Why do they appear? Dr. Eric Berg suggests a few things to keep an eye on. Well cholesterol. You might not have too much of cholesterol but more likely not enough bile salts. This triggers the formation of the stone. Bile is not actually made by the gall blather but by the liver and the gall blather is a storage space where bile is kept in a highly concentrated form (20X). It sits there until needed to help break down dietary fat into smaller particles, then signalling to the pancreases to send in lipase, which breaks the fat down even further to the point where your intestines can absorb it.

So if you have a sluggish gall blather you won’t be able to break down fats properly and will end up with diarrhoea, constant bloating after meals, burping, loose stools, stools that float, are sticky and yellowy in colour (yellow colour means you’re not digesting dietary fats) or constipation because there is no lubrication to the colon. One of the reasons of bile salts deficiency is excess oestrogen due to birth control pills, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, eating large amounts of food that stimulate oestrogen – GMO western unfermented soy, a lot of sugar/carbs, too much conventional dairy and meat, eating or drinking out of plastic containers (especially heated) and Teflon pans. Another is high insulin (it’s very common to find gallstones in diabetics or prediabetes since it’s also accompanied with non-alcoholic fatty liver). There is also constant stress and high cortisol or taking corticosteroids such as Prednisone prescribed for autoimmune diseases to fight inflammation in a chemical way. It can be eating extremely low fat diets where the stimulation of the bile production is absent for too long, or maybe damaged liver or a destroyed gut flora.

Removing a gall blather full of stones comes with a bunch of side effects (40% of people who’ve had their gall blather out experience post cholecystectomy symptoms and you’re no better off than with stones) and it is not true you don’t need it. If you remove the thing that was symptomatic and don’t affect the root cause, you’re more likely to get kidney stones down the road. If you’re suspicious that something may be going on here, feel heaviness, bloating or some pain under the right ribcage after eating, check the right side of your body. Do you often have pains in your right shoulder? Does the pain sometimes migrate to the neck and the right side of the head. It’s often not a nerve pinch in the neck but a gall blather issue cause by the gall blather swelling pressing the phrenic nerve that goes up your right side to the shoulder and neck. Massaging the area under your right ribcage will help. If you have gall blather issues get some purified bile salts, lower the carb intake and increase the vegetables intake (especially cruciferous). Take more fat but be careful with binging on nuts, and modify your dairy and protein intake. Rather take less but of better quality (goat dairy is far better for you and gentler to the body).

Now to the part we’ve alerted to spoiling – radishes are awesome for gall blather issues. All are great but you’ll get the most benefits from black Spanish radish, because it works on both fronts – it simultaneously reduces cholesterol and stimulates bile flow. Sufficient bile stops stones from forming and can even dissolve existing ones. As an extra benefit radishes have an anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial properties as well as affecting liver by detoxing and flushing it out. Black Spanish radish also cleans mucus membranes so if you have a lot of issues with sinus or lung congestion they’ll take care of this as well (again, mucus membranes get clogged by too much commercial dairy making it the perfect Petrie dish for the development of bacteria).

Take form this what you need. We hope it helps. Stay safe, kind and healthy.