Gallstones Diet: Easy Tips to Follow

Gallstones DietThe gallstones diet is your answer to help prevent gallstones from forming in your gallbladder. To free you from the discomfort associated with getting gallstones, here are a few things you should change in your diet.

Increase your Fiber Intake

Instead of eating a fatty meal, substitute it with foods high in fiber. Some sources of fiber include fruits and vegetables.

Including fiber in your gallstone diet helps increase the movement of your digestive tract, thus eliminating excess fats and toxins in your body. Although fiber may not eliminate gallstones totally, it can reduce their number and make you feel better.

Eat Small Frequent Meals

The diet for gallstones suggests that you eat small but frequent meals. Avoid over-eating, as it can stress your gallbladder. Instead of three full meals, you can distribute your meals into six small portions throughout the day.

Avoid eating too much at night. If you ate too much, do not go to sleep right away. The pressure in your stomach can radiate to the nearby liver and gallbladder and cause you more pain.

Drink More Fluid

Increase your water intake to help dissolve the stones and flush them out from your body.


When treating your gallstones, incorporate more ginger in your diet. Ginger aids in the digestion of fats. Add it to your regular recipes. This will help with your gallstones treatment.

Foods to Avoid with Gallstones

Fatty foods

Since bile helps your body digest fats, a problem in your gallbladder (like gallstones) can lead to a malfunction in fat digestion. If left untreated, the stress experienced can exacerbate your pain.

When you plan your meal, reduce your fat intake. You must also learn to substitute your fatty ingredients with low fat alternatives. Instead of frying, just boil or grill your food to reduce the amount of fats. With less stimulation for bile secretion, you can let your gallbladder rest and reduce the symptoms associated with the disorder.

Processed foods

Other gallstones foods to avoid in your diet are processed and preserved foods. The high sodium in them can build-up in your body and worsen your condition. Choose fresh ingredients at all times.

Avoid these drinks too

Avoid alcoholic, carbonated and caffeinated beverages. They will only increase the movement of your gallstones and lead to blockage.

Final Thoughts

A good complement to any gallstone diet is following through with a cleanse that will help get rid of those painful gallbladder attacks. One resource which combines a good cleansing procedure with a diet is the Gallstone Removal Report.

In any case, the gallbladder is an important organ in your body. When you experience pain and other problems with it, start adopting the gallstones diet, treat the problem and free yourself from the symptoms.

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  1. Andrea

    Hi, appreciate the info.
    Question: Have a can of protein powder can I have my fruit & water & make a shake?

    1. Terry

      Hi Andrea.

      I don’t see why not. Making shakes is a good way to get fruit and even veg in your diet. For extra zing, you could add some fresh ginger (but not too much).

  2. Mary

    Hi! I had a fairly severe attack of gall bladder disease today and ended in ER. The doctor has told me to see a surgeon, and follow-up with my PCP. I’ll be seeing her tomorrow. He had an ultra-sound done and found that I have quite a few stones. including some blocking. I’ve had high cholesterol problems since being on strong chemo after cancer surgery, and was told it had limited the function of my liver. Have you heard of this before?
    Also, in addition to veggie shakes, may I continue to have my smoothies, since they’re made with non-fat yogurt, and sherbet, with no fat in them? I need to do all possible to keep up the calcium level, so I don’t have any more broken bones. Does the calcium I take cause more problems with the gall bladder? Thanks!!

  3. moshe

    when consulting my doctor, he warned me that any kind of treatment wich is non-surgical has a risk of causing an inflammation of the pancreas.
    why is this treatment any different?
    p.s. if you could reply me too my email i’ll be very gratefull

  4. Joanie

    I have had 3 major back surgeries and recently had an MRI with contrast which showed numerous gallstones. Can this also cause lower back pain?
    Thank you,

    1. Terry Post author

      Hi Joanie,

      Gallstones can definitely trigger lower abdominal and back pain. It is best to get treatment ASAP before your condition deteriorates.

  5. Jhony Medina

    I just found out that i have 2 gallstones and
    its not that big yet. I am now taking medication
    but i have difficulty in choosing the food i take.
    The article above helped me somehow but still
    i dont the right foods for me now.

  6. Juliana

    I 21 and I have gallstone I went 8 months without any pain but i had one today. I ate grilled fish, white rice and corn salad.

  7. tanveer

    hi my name is tanveer and doctor told me that i have large gallstone. and they told me that i have to remove my gallbladder. i went to do my ultrasound for some other reason but they told me that i have gallstone.
    but i dont understand that this gallstone never give me any problem. then why i have to remove my gallbladder?
    i want to tray this medicine, do you think its work for me? i have 7 year and 2 year old kids and i am only 30 year old i dont want my gallbladder remove please help me.

  8. Paolo

    I am worried about gallstones getting stuck in the bile duct. Shouldn’t I check the size of them before starting an apple juice and other ingridients to expel them ? Also I am concerned about a low fat diet that leave sludge in my gallbladder and form even more stones or make bigger the ones I already have.

    Thank you,


    1. Terry Post author

      Hi Karen,

      Yes. It is possible to get rid of gallstones without surgery. If that’s what you want then check out the Gallstone Removal Report, where it explains, step-by-step, a natural approach to removing gallstones and preventing their return.

  9. suzanne

    my mum got gallstones and doctors told her to avoid protein as it causes the pain. is this right? as a not protein diet is providing very hard!

    1. Terry Post author

      Hi Suzanne,

      Your mum’s doctor should have been more specific in what types of protein to avoid. It’s usually fatty meats that are the culprits. Basically any source of protein that increases your cholesterol should be avoided.

      Your mum can still get protein in her diet from lean cuts of meat like skinless chicken breasts; various beans, lentils, or even quinoa (pronounced “kin-wa”).

      With that said, there’s no point having to avoid certain foods if your mum still has the stones in her gallbladder. If I were your mum, I would flush those gallstones out before they become a serious concern.

      Hope that clears things up for you.


  10. santy

    i have a little gallstones told the doctor its 0.4,, is is the critical ?why my doctor told me why i need to go surgical thats why i have a pending in my mdcal..

  11. cheang Eng Kwong

    I have a gallstone (1.1cm) in my gallbladder and my liver has slight coarse ecotexture. There is no focal lesion in my liver and the outline is still smooth. The gallstone so far does not cause me any severe pain and there is no sign of vomitting and neither do I have fever. i am going overseas next month and am worried that it may become worsened then. Can i try out the non-surgical procedure by taking oral medicine to see if it helps . Thank you


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