Beetroot Juice for Gallbladder Support



I just got back from a week-long retreat with yoga & raw food detox at Bahay Kalipay Retreat Center on beautiful Palawan Island, it has been a week of rejuvenating and slowing down besides the detox. I’m sure you will hear about someone detoxing or doing some cleanse very so often. Besides doing a one-off detox to remove toxins from your liver, kidney and gallbladder, a good detox is actually a gentle process that can take a few weeks by replacing the wrong food with nutrien-rich food to restore your organs like liver and gallbladder. 

The function of your gallbladder is to release some bile into the small intestine to aid in the digestion and absorption of fats and other nutrients. Another function of bile is to remove liver toxins and cholesterol. Thickened bile in gallbladder can result in the formation of gallstones. One of the common cause for constipation is congested gallbladder since the bile in gallbladder lubricates the intestines.

I was introduced to gallbladder & liver cleansing flush 2 years ago, however I wasn’t a big fan because forcing the body to purge can harm us if done too often. Recently I learned from Dr John Cassone that the liver & gallbladder can slowly be cleaned with herbs & food like beetroot and artichoke. Beetroot is one of the excellent food that can keep the bile in the gallbladder thin and moving.

Beetroot Apple Carrot Juice  

I know many people don’t like the taste of beets (I used to dislike them too). This Beetroot Apple Carrot Juice is a great way to introduce beetroot into your daily detox.

2 large Beetroot
4 Carrots
2 Apples
6 stalk Celery
2 Limes
2 inch Ginger

Note: if you don’t have a juicer, blend all ingredients & pour over a sieve, press the pulp into the sieve to extract as much juice as you can.

*Update 5th November 2014: Precautions on Beet Juice
After being informed by a reader of her uncomfortable detox reaction from drinking beet juice, I did a little research and found that beetroot has a powerful cleansing effect on your body. Large amounts of undiluted beet juice may dump more toxins into the liver than the liver cannot process efficiently. So people with liver and kidney conditions should start with small doses until the body can tolerate the cleansing effect. If you have any health issues, please consult your physician before venturing on beet juicing regularly.*


More delicious Beetroot recipes:
Grated Carrot & Beetroot Salad
Chocolate Beetroot Brownies
Beetroot Soup
Beetroot Potato Curry



  1. Hi, My wife has a number of Gall stones and doctor suggested us for a surgery to remove the gallbladder off. Is there any way this to avoid the surgery and by chance does this beet juice helps in this case ?

    • I’m sorry to hear about your wife. Beet juice is very mild to assist in alleviating gallstones. Functional doctors like Dr Cassone uses natural methods to thin out the bile (which became gallstones), please read about it and seek proper advice.

    • I a galbladder attack and went to the emergency room. I was told I had to have surgery right away. I went home, and started drinking beet root juice. 2 Days later 25 small, to large stones came out. Doctor told me my gallbladder is clean, and I dont need any surgery. What an amazing juice!!

    • I had gallstones with frequent (and very painful) gallbladder attacks for over a week. I didn’t want to go to doctor as I was scared they’d tell me I needed surgery so I ate beetroot every day for a week (along with my regular meals) and did 2 Epsom salt flushes and it cleared all my gallstones. This will not work for very large stones but it works for smaller ones.

  2. Hi, My wife has a number of Gall stones and doctor suggested us for a surgery to remove the gallbladder off. Is there any way this to avoid the surgery and by chance does this beet juice helps in this case ?

  3. Hello ~ I just wanted it to be known that in the last ten years I have been unaware of any problems since having my gall bladder removed thanks to the new diet and recipes

  4. Hi, I tried beetroot juice, apple juice and carrot juice while I was away on holiday for the first time not realising how potent beet juice is.. I had 18 hours of very uncomfortable detoxing symptoms following drinking the juice. I’m not sure how much beet juice was in it as I got it from a café. I googled it to find out an appropriate amount of beet juice for first encounter and most are saying try quarter of a beet to start with. 2 large beets may be ok for people who are well but it certainly gave me a fright to have to be up all night in heavy detox mode with very dry mouth and throat and bad anxiety, pain around the region of my gall bladder / liver (my gallbladder has been removed). It somewhat put a damper on my holiday, although I do feel better for it.. just wish I had known about the potency of beet juice so I could have started it in a more gentle quantity. Just thought I would let people reading this know so they are prepared for the possibility. Especially if they are unwell and know they have a lot of detoxing to do. My partner tried it as well and he has gallbladder pain. He was in a lot of pain after having the juice.. his entire stomach and all organs were sore and tender after it. I would hate others to go through the same thing because of not enough knowledge about beet juice. We are going to continue drinking it in very small quantities as the detox effect is certainly a beneficial one.

    • Thank you Chantelle, for sharing your experience and this invaluable information. I’m not aware of the potency of beet juice, as many juice bars and cafes sell it. Sorry to hear about your first experience with beet juice, but glad that it didn’t dampen you and your partner from trying it again. After doing some research, I’ve updated the post with a precautionary note.

    • Hey, I just wanted to say how sorry I am that this happened to you and that you lost your gallbladder. It would be very helpful to you to be working with a naturopath, if you aren’t already. God bless you!!!

    • It is possible that the juice itself was bad from that particular café, especially since both had similar symptoms. Intuitively speaking, food poisoning was a possibility. I had a terrible reaction to juice prepared from a café. You never know for certain what you are ingesting from another source. Preparing it yourself using organic produce is a much safer method of juicing.

  5. For how many days or weeks can you drink the beet juice safely if it is considered a detox? My husband is going through chemo once a month but also is suffering from gall bladder/stone issues. Thanks

    • Hi Elsie, the beetroot juice is recommended as a supplemental detox, not a prescription. It is better to get proper medical practitioner’s advice or diagnose for what is best for your husband’s condition. Dr John Cassone, who is a Holistic Doctor in Natural Medicine, recommends artichoke and beetroot extract to thin bile duct.

  6. Gorgeous juice Shannon, and I bet its delicious! I make a similar concoction minus the celery, and use lemon instead of lime. I used to dislike beets too {as a kid}, but love them now 🙂 Cheers!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this detox recipe! How soon was the purging after drinking it? Does it happen on the same day? Should I do this on the weekend instead of the work week? I know it is a little TMI kind of detail but it’s good to be prepared. 😉
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    • Hi Htea, this beetroot juice does not make your purge. The beetroot helps to detox your gallbladder gradually by thinning the bile in the gallbladder. The gallbladder & liver flush recipe with laxative is the one that makes your body purge, it is harmful to force purging because according to Dr John, it might cause a tear in the organs when flushing out big gallstones.

  10. Nice to see you back to your blog! (I’ll start publishing on mine tomorrow after a well-deserved break 🙂
    Red beetroot is definitely one of my favorite vegetables, and your association with ginger and carrots makes for a great detox dish.
    Thanks for refering to my soup, that’s so kind of you!
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  11. Sounds like you enjoyed your time well in your holiday Shannon. I used to dislike beetroot too but then I was introduced to the ABC juice here too. It’s commonly available in restaurants and beach shaks in goa. I d like to try your version with ginger some time. =)
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  12. Lucky you: how i would have loved to be there. I have studied Natural Therapies for a long time and very much believe in the power of food for both prevention and cure. I often make the carrot, celery and apple variation but have no objection whatsoever to beetroot and shall try it your way. Have to admit ginger also has not too oft found the way into my glass 🙂 ! Thanks!!

    • Yes I’m lucky to get invited to the retreat.. We knew the owners of the retreat center and they were kind to host us. Do plan to go for one, it’s really worth it.
      Ginger has many health benefits and I love adding it to my smoothies, it helps to warm up my tummy, that has been giving me on & off indigestion problems

  13. Oh my gosh, that’s pretty much the same juice I demonstrate at my cancer nutrition groups! I call it Beetroot Zinger. It’s so lovely and fresh and everyone feels energised from it. It sounds like you had a wonderful retreat. I’d love to do something like that one day.
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