Although no definite preventive technique for gallstone development has been discovered yet, research shows that there are ways people can lower their risk for these stones.1
Refrain From Taking These Medications
If you are taking any of these medications, remember that the following can increase your risk for gallstones:2
• Cholesterol-lowering drugs: Medicines like gemfibrozil (Lopid) and fenofibrate (Tricor) can increase your gallstone risk. Although they may decrease your blood cholesterol levels, these medicines can also increase the amount of cholesterol released in bile.
• Hormone therapy: HRT is a general term referring to the administration of estrogen or a combination of estrogen/progestin therapy.3 Increased estrogen levels can cause the body to produce more cholesterol and raise the levels of it in bile.4
As such, if you are a woman who is undergoing HRT or is taking high-dose birth control pills, talk to your doctor about your gallstone risk and ask if there are other hormone-related medications that are better for you.
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Lower Your Gallstone Risk
• Maintaining a healthy weight: People who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of gallstones. By keeping your weight at a healthy level, the risk for gallstone formation lowers. Consistently watch what you eat and make sure you eat these foods regularly:
◦ Unlimited amounts of fresh, organic and low-net carb vegetables, especially fiber-rich options (just make sure to introduce these foods slowly into your diet, since they can prompt digestive discomfort, especially in those who have had gallbladder surgery7)
◦ Moderate quantities of high-quality protein from organically raised, grass fed or pastured animals
The following common practices can also raise your gallstone risk, so it's best to avoid them:
◦ Skipping meals or fasting for long periods of time. As much as possible, try to stick to your usual mealtimes.
◦ Following diets that promote rapid weight loss. Instead, if you are overweight, lose it slowly and aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds, or 0.5 to 1 kilogram, per week.
• Exercising regularly: Research shows that moderate physical activity can help with increasing the body’s levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) or “good” cholesterol.8
Out of the many workouts available today, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), particularly the Peak Fitness method, is the best choice to help with this goal. During a HIIT workout, you train for a shorter period of time and reduce the frequency required to perform the exercise.
In a HIIT workout, you perform short bursts of very short and high-intensity drills. Although this lessens the duration and frequency of the workouts, you still make greater gains. In general, HIIT workouts can lead to:
✓ Decreased body fat
✓ Improved muscle tone
✓ Firmer skin and less wrinkles
✓ Increased energy levels and libido
✓ Enhanced athletic speed and performance
✓ Ability to achieve fitness goals faster
The Peak Fitness method can also engage the fast and super-fast twitch muscle fibers that have many beneficial effects on your body’s metabolic systems, especially when it comes to promoting the production of the human growth hormone (HGH) and potentially improving your longevity.