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GOUT

Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which crystallize and are deposited in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues. The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is affected most often.3 Uric acid, which is the end product of the body's chemical processes, is removed by the kidneys and discarded from the blood and body via urine. However, when levels increase in the blood, uric acid crystals or needles are formed which then get deposited in the different joints, thereby causing the pain, inflammation and swelling.4 Although gout is commonly blamed on eating too many high-purine foods, there is another clear culprit: high-fructose corn syrup. Fructose is known to inhibit the excretion of uric acid.2 With the strong association between gout and insulin resistance and less with the amount of total daily protein intake, however, the dietary recommendation has shifted to focus more on weight reduction.9 Alkalizing your body can help gout by making uric acid more soluble.5 Exercise helps normalize your insulin and hence your uric acid levels, naturally. 1


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01.
How to Eliminate Gout Without Dangerous Drugs
The symptoms of gout -- the stiff, swollen and painful joints -- are due to excess uric acid forming crystals in your joints, and the pain is caused by your body's inflammatory response to these crystals. About 75 percent of people will experience it as an excruciating pain in their big toe. Any time we're talking about reducing inflammation, please remember that your diet is your number one priority. Because the REAL underlying problem causing the inflammation, and subsequent damage, is likely due to having chronically elevated blood sugar. Exercise helps normalize your insulin and hence your uric acid levels, naturally. Tart cherries contain two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids. Both of these compounds slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxyygenase-1 and - 2, which helps to relieve and prevent arthritis and gout in your body.

02.
Five Steps to Overcoming Gout Naturally
Although gout is commonly blamed on eating too many high-purine foods there is another clear culprit: high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). A recent study showed that consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks is strongly associated with an increased risk of developing gout. Fructose is known to inhibit the excretion of uric acid. Fructose also reduces the affinity of insulin for its receptor, which is the principle characteristic of type 2 diabetes. Further, HFCS has been implicated in elevated blood cholesterol levels, and it has been found to inhibit the action of white blood cells in your immune system.

03.
Gout on Wikipedia
Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which crystallize and are deposited in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues. The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is affected most often, accounting for half of cases. Gout was historically known as "the disease of kings" or "rich man's disease". A body mass index greater than or equal to 35 increases a male's risk of gout threefold. Metabolic syndrome, a combination of abdominal obesity, hypertension, insulin resistance and abnormal lipid levels, occurs in nearly 75% of cases. Dietary and lifestyle choices that are effective include reducing intake of food such as meat and seafood, consuming adequate vitamin C, limiting alcohol and fructose consumption, and avoiding obesity.
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04.
Natural Remedies for Gout
Uric acid, which is the end product of the body's chemical processes, is removed by the kidneys and discarded from the blood and body via urine. Uric acid is usually found dissolved in the blood. However, when their levels increase in the blood, uric acid crystals or needles are formed which then get deposited in the different joints, thereby causing the pain, inflammation and swelling. Discusses the lemon treatment, the vegetable juice treatment, cherry, apple and banana treatment, raw fish therapy, charcoal therapy, and epsom salt therapy.

05.
Gout Foods to Avoid
When we look for gout food to avoid, we tend to look for low purine foods. It is much more important to look at pH balance. Alkalizing your body can help gout by making uric acid more soluble. Do it right, and not only will it help your gout, but you will become generally healthier.

06.
Uric Acid: You Must Learn It's Secrets To Manage Gout
To understand gout, you need to understand it's root cause – uric acid.

07.
Curing Gout, in a Nutshell
For centuries, people in the Maluku Islands have used nutmeg oil to reduce painful joint inflammation. A biotechnology researcher at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta is currently studying macelignan, a bioactive compound found in nutmeg seed extract, for use as a treatment for gout.

08.
Gout / Hyperuricemia: Overview
Though an excess of uric acid is known to cause gout, recent studies show that, in proper concentrations in the blood, it has antioxidant properties and helps protect the cells and tissues from irritation and damage caused by singlet oxygens and hydroxyl free radicals. Thus, uric acid has a new image as being an important part of balanced human function and not just a waste product. With its different effects, uric acid is somewhat like cholesterol in its biochemistry: As with cholesterol, it is both made in the body and obtained through the diet; some people are genetically inclined to elevated levels; and, whereas the right amount is essential to important functions, excesses can lead to problems.

09.
The Impact of Dietary Interventions on Hyperuricemia and Gout
With the strong association between gout and insulin resistance and less with the amount of total daily protein intake, however, the dietary recommendation has shifted to focus more on weight reduction, with moderate carbohydrate restriction and an increased proportion of protein and unsaturated fats. Diets high in monounsaturated fats and low in carbohydrates have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.
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Key words for internet research: gout and diet, gout and uric acid, gout and purines, gout and hyperuricemia, gout and blood sugar, gout and insulin, gout and high fructose corn syrup, gout and alkaline diet, gout and nutmeg, gout and tart cherries

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