This disease can really hurt. When severe it can double you over and send you to the emergency room. We’re talking about the pain from gall stones. Well over 25 million Americans have gall stones, 700,000 surgeries are performed every year to remove them, and the price tag for all of this is well over $6 billion dollars a year.
Now for the good news. By following a vegetarian diet, you can cut your risk of getting gall stones by half. It gets even better. If you avoid saturated fat, such as that found in dairy, and skip alcoholic beverages, you can cut your risk even more. Interestingly, adding an ounce or two of tree nuts per day takes it down by another 30%.
Now some people have a different kind of gall stones which just cause occasional grumbles and pains. However, these too can emerge as major pains at any time. So it’s good to know that a vegetarian diet also cuts the risk of this type of pesky stones developing by 50%.
With 1 million new cases every year, this problem is not going away any time soon. But you can help protect yourself by following a plant-based diet, the miracle drug of the 21st century.