A lot of people can have gallstones without even knowing it, but if one becomes trapped they can cause horrific pain. The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to prevent them forming. Here are 10 simple tips on how to prevent gallstones:

1. Avoid sugar and products containing sugar. People who consume excessive amounts of sugar are more likely to form gallstones

2. Minimise animal fat and meat, saturated fats (found primarily in meat), full-fat dairy products, fried foods, spicy foods, margarine, soft drinks, chocolate, and refined carbohydrates

3. Steer clear of oxylate-rich foods. Oxylates are chemical compounds that are found in most kidney stones. Foods high in oxylates include beer, chocolate, spinach and rhubarb

4. Avoid salt as high salt diets are linked with an increased risk of kidney stones

5. Include gallbladder friendly foods such as beetroot, artichoke, chicory and radish into meals. These help your gallbladder function better

6. Introduce lecithin granules into the diet on a daily basis to help to deal with any fats in the diet

7. Get plenty of soluble fibre in your diet including nutrient dense oats, flaxseed and plenty of leafy greens. These prevent constipation which is linked to an increased risk of gallstones

8. Drink at least 1.5 litres of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids a day

9. Juice carrot, beetroot and cucumber all of which can help to support gall-bladder function

10. Include digestive enzymes and good bacteria in your diet. They can be really useful to support your digestive system