What kind of unusual, yet eye-catching stone or mineral is this, you ask? The answer is NEITHER. These, my friends, are gall stones (cholelithiasis)! These "stones" form inside the gall bladder, which is the organ responsible for storing the bile that the liver produces. The gall bladder secretes bile into the small intestine to help with the digestion of fats from the diet. If the bile itself has too high of a concentration of cholesterol over time, or if the gall bladder does not consistently empty properly, these stones can form and be very painful! However, up to 80% of those with gallstones show no symptoms. The gall bladder itself can be safely removed if it stays inflamed or if it's function is impaired. Gall stones can be avoided by eating a diet high in fiber, staying hydrated, and eating many smaller meals throughout the day rather than a small number of meals.
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A few captures of last nights skies and sea - we caught the most magic moment as when we arrived it had just stopped drizzling and became instantly warm and quiet. We managed to sit right under the entire arch of a rainbow that started behind a dune and finished in the middle of the sea and we were faced with the most beautiful orange sunset.. no filter needed here! What magic