To improve the condition of your gall bladder, it is necessary to avoid in your diet certain foods which are known to have a harmful effect on it. Such foods are those rich in fat and cholesterol which you should be careful to avoid and are included in the list below. Meals should be small in quantity and ample water should be taken between them. It is also important to check any tendency towards being overweight. If this exists, then you should restrict foods high in carbohydrates.
Aim for a very smooth, non-irritating and nutritious diet containing foods which reduce the amount of faecal residue and those that do not cause excessive fermentation. Tough and fibrous foods should be excluded and highly flavoured condiments which act as irritants should also be avoided.
This is based on the 5 element colours. You must have 5 different colours of food on your plate at the start of your meal. Professor Yoland Lim has long advocated that this simple to follow guide will ensure you have all the nutritional requirements for a balanced, healthy meal, granted the mode of cooking is also healthy. It may include some of the following:
Aim for a a diet containing a large proportion of food which provides bulk and roughage (or indigestible residues) to stimulate the movement of intestines. Fresh and dried fruits, vegetable and salads, whole grain, cereal, honey and treacle may all be used liberally. Plenty of fluids, such as Herbal Mix, or fruit juices and water should be taken daily.
Balanced, nutritious diet with diligent careful use of restricted carbohydrates and low GI (glycaemic index) foods. Reduce starch and additional sugar.
The total amount of carbohydrate which may be taken daily is fixed by the doctor and this fixed allowance must not be exceeded. The chief carbohydrates foods are sugar, lollies, sweets, bread, biscuits, flour, jam, dried fruits, some sweet fruits, potatoes, other root vegetables, and softdrinks. Even soft drink which oconain
Glucose and sugar being practically pure carbohydrates are to be reduced, or ideally completely cut out, as are foods rich in sugar or starch not listed in this diet, Eg sweets, pastries, cakes, sauces and gravies thickened with flour. The amount of fruit and vegetables which may be taken depends on the carbohydrate content.
To relieve the discomfort of indigestion, these simple rules for healthy eating bay be applicable. Meals should be unhurried, small in quantity, chewed thoroughly and taken at regular intervals. Ensure adequate fluid between meals. Reduce or cut out smoking and drinking alcohol, especially on an empty stomach. This may aggravate symptoms. If you suffer discomfort with wind, do not try to 'bring it up' as this will cause you to swallow more air and so cause more distension. Certain foods are irritating to the stomach and bowels and some tend to produce gases during digestion - these are listed below, and you should try to avoid them.
Diet to contain a liberal intake of milk, fruit and vegetables (except those listed below 'to be avoided'). Meat and fish should only be taken in the quantities listed. Ample fluid is to be taken between meals. Any tendency to overweight should be avoided and hence sugars and starchy foods reasonably restricted and adjusted according to individual requirements. Since it is believed that fat is liable to hinder the excretion of uric acid, do not used cream or fried foods.
Rich and highly seasoned foods, meat extracts, meat soups and gravies. Sweetbreads, liver, heart and kidneys. Fish roe, herrings, salmon, sardines, whitebait, anchovies and scallops. Spinach, asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb. Yeast, alcohol and whole grain products.
While there is no specific diet required for this condition, it is important to regulate the diet of the individual patient as to maintain him in the best possible nutritive condition. A marked clinical improvement is often associated with a better state of nutrition. Excess weight should be avoided and plenty of fresh foods should be included to supply the necessary vitamins and minerals.