Gout When Pain Strikes

 

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It`s hard to put your best foot forward when gout pain strikes in the middle of the night swelling your big toe up like a big red beet, but that`s what happens when uric acid slowly begins to accumulate in the blood.

If your body produces too much chemical called uric acid or your kidneys fail to flush away the excess amounts through urination it forms tiny crystals that will eventually lodge in joints and permanently stay there.

The big toe is particularly vulnerable causing a royal pain that is hard to deal with. It leaves the affected area hot swollen and extremely tender to the touch and has been known to waken many gout suffers from a sound sleep when it strikes.

Gout tends to run in families but usually strikes aged men who are over weight, drink alcohol , and eat too many organ meats, gravies and other foods that are rich in purines that cause uric acid.

 

Ways To Curb Your Pain

Ice_pack  Most attacks will last 7 – 10 days . If the pain and discomfort gets you down it can be temporarily reduced if you pack your toe in ice. Loosley fill a plastic bag with crushed ice. Wrap a towel around the bag then wrap both around the toe making sure that the towel lies between your toe and the ice. Leave the ice pack in place for 20 minutes and repeat this three times a day.

gout box  Try a box to ease your pain at night. Find a cardboard  box that fits your foot when placed on its side. Leave enough space around the top and sides of the box so that your foot remains comfortable when it is inside. Place the box under your bedding so that the sheets and blanket are draped over top.

When you are ready to retire for the night place your foot inside the box .This will lift the pressure off your foot giving you a more peaceful sleep.

Gout herrings  Avoid rich foods. Keep uric acid in check by  avoiding rich foods which tend to be high in pruines substances that turn to uric acid in the blood. Some of the chief offenders are organ meat, aged cheese, beer wine, brewers yeast, anchovies , herrings and sardines.

Gout Cherries  Cherries whether sweet or sour will curb an attack. It doesn`t matter if they are fresh , canned or frozen they all seem to do the trick .

medications   Any one who suffers from gout would do well to educate themself about the medications they are taking.On one hand the medications that are perscribed for gout can cause some very unpleasant side effects. Conversly medications taken for other conditions such as high blood pressure can cause gout as a side effect . So whether an attack is caused by foods or medications one should always be aware of what triggers it in order to stay pain free.

Glass-of-waterIt is also important that gout suffers drink water because they have a tendency to form kidney stones. The Merck manual advises to drink at least 3 quarts of fluid and those fluids should not be alcohol.

 

DietSlimming down is also another sensible step to take. However never go on a crash diet or try to loose weight when your having an active attack because the sudden weight loss increases the concentration of uric acid in the body.

Going without food for 24 hours or more or eating less than a 1,000 calories a day causes the body to break down protein so fast that uric acid levels will rise and start to create a problem.

Remember gout is a condition that never really goes away but it can be controlled by diet,medications and alternative means which will always be a step in the right direction in being able to live a more comfortable life with fewer attacks.

Probiotic Yogurt What You Need To Be Aware Of

Cacik-1Probiotics are live healthy bacteria naturally found in the human gut. They help maintain the natural balance of micro flora in your intestine to prevent the over growth of unfriendly bacteria which can lead to many health problems and diseases and is the main reason why one needs to maintain a healthy intestinal flora.

Antibiotics , chlorinated water, processed foods, stress and other factors can disrupt the natural balance of your gut flora and is why most people will choose the known benefits of the probiotics in yogurt to correct the problem.

Today in an effort to increase the friendly bacteria, people are gulping down yogurt and taking probiotic pills by the handfuls not realizing they may not be getting the full benefits of the probiotics in commercially prepared yogurt

. How or why is that possible when many traditional cultures have been consuming cultured , fermented foods like yogurt for years ? The answer is because traditional yogurts were full of beneficial bacteria due to their raw and unpasteurized state.

Today pasteurization radically reduces most of it’s benefits. Due to very strict food safety regulations, less bacteria (including the “good” ones) can survive the manufacturing process. Many of the overly-processed products, including yogurt, has to undergo pasteurization or sterilization, which ends up destroying the beneficial bacteria. Commercial yogurt also contains added artificial sugars and flavours which further destroys the beneficial properties and is another reason why it can becomes a poor choice for the source of probiotics

What most people don’t realize is that yogurt manufactures often choose the types of bacteria they use because their abilities to turn sugar into lactic acid ,making milk curdle and turn into yogurt. Thus the bacteria is often selected for their ability to make smooth , creamy, and tasty yogurt but are not selected for their health benefits.

The Lactobacillus in popular brands of yogurt does not necessarily contain the lactobacillus usually found in probiotic pills and one should be aware of the difference when choosing a product.

Yogurt is usually L acidophilus or Lactobacillus bulgaricus. When choosing yogurt as your source of probiotics always make sure the packaging says “live cultured bacteria” or active cultures other wise you will not reap the benefits that yogurt has to offer for your health.

Beating Arthritis Naturally

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There are many forms of arthritis, and the two most prevalent are osteoarthritis

and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis also known as wear and tear is a

degenerative joint disease that affects people over the age of 45. Rheumatoid

arthritis is a degenerative an inflammatory auto immune disease most often

found in people 40 and 60 years of age.  No matter which one you have most

doctors will have this long standing advice to minimize aches and pains ,swelling and stiffness

Fish

 

Fish For Relief . It has been known that the omega 3 fatty acid in certain fish can help to tame down arthritis pain because they dampen the inflammatory process by providing anti-inflammatory building blocks..

Many studies done over the years have shown that fish oil helps with the

inflammation and accompanying pain of rheumatoid arthritis and that it may reduce the need for Nsaid`s such as ibuprofen. The suggested dose is 3 g or 3000 mg a day of EPA/DHA .A good source can be found in sardines, salmon, tuna, and mackerel so try to eat them 2-3 times a week. It is also natures secret that white tuna has the highest content of omega 3 and the more total fat it has the more omega 3 it contains.

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GLA Gamma Linolenic Acid. The body converts these omega 6 fatty acids into anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies have shown that GLA can reduce tenderness, morning stiffness, and inflammation of rheumatoid and may reduce the need for Nsaid`s such as asprin naproxin or acetaminophen. Suggested dose is 1800 mg daily . GLA  is found in primrose borage oil or black  current seed oil. Note evening of primrose may counter the effects of anti-convulsants drugs.

 

antioxidant vegetablesAnti-Oxidants Can Help To. Some studies have shown that anti-oxidants found in fruits and vegetables may protect joints especially the knees so be sure that your getting enough beta carotene, lutein, lycopene and vitamin C . So eat lots of sweet potatoes ,broccoli, spinach, oranges kiwi fruit and strawberries for disease protection.

 

 

Hot Chilli PeppersBlunt The Pain With Hot Peppers . Applying capsaicin cream made with the active ingredient from hot pepper has been known to ease pain. Capsaicin has the affect  on substance P which nerve ending release to mediate pain. You can find Capsaicin  cream in most drug stores..

Vitamin D . It has been noted that people who have osteoarthritis have lower

levels of D in their system so supplementation is recommended.

 

If you already have arthritis you can still live life to the fullest. With knowledge

about supplements , medications and a few life style changes that include

nutrition , exercise and staying slender remarkable results can be achieved at any

age.

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