Gallbladder Sludge: The gallbladder is the storage area for bile that is released into the intestine when needed to help the process of digestion. The problem is that occasionally the gallbladder fails to properly function for instance does not fully expel all of the bile that is needed. This eventually can lead to an accumulation of gallbladder sludge – basically a mixture of cholesterol, calcium particles and bile.
If an individual has gallbladder sludge accumulated in the gallbladder and it has been there for quite some time, the danger is that this can increase the odds of gallstones forming. When this occurs, they can partly or totally block the bile duct that is where the bile releases. This causes pain and is where the individual will first start to experience problems.
There are cases where it is advisable to have surgery in order to have the gallbladder removed. For instance it might be suggested if the individual is having numerous attacks regularly and this stone and/or sludge are leading to pain and inflammation, or possibly blockages.
Other options beside surgery, is a gallbladder flush which is used to flush the stones out as well as the accumulated sludge. This process consist of fasting with apple juice for approximately five days and after that taking Epsom salts, lemon juice, and olive oil mixture for the day of the flush. The individual can also take various herbal supplements to aid the gallbladder in functioning properly and help in elimination of the sludge.