Thursday, August 7, 2008

Gout Treatments| Watermelons

Watermelon: A Gout Treatments Remedy You Can Enjoy

The dog days of summer are here. Gout foods you should avoid are being barbecued every day. But you can help your diet with watermelon. Watermelon plays a great role in any natural gout treatments plan. Supermarket floors are crowded with crates of watermelons this time of year, so they are plentiful in supply. Take advantage of this time of year.

Besides using gout treatments such as cherries, watermelons provide fresh alternatives to trying the same methods continuously. As much as I like cherries, after a while, I desire to try something different.

Three Ways Watermelon treats Gout

1)They Neutralize Uric Acid

Watermelons contain potassium. As we've discussed in previous posts, potassium neutralizes uric acid. A serving of watermelons contain virtually the same amount of potassium as a serving of pineapples. While it is only 2% of the daily allowance of potassium, using watermelon as one of your gout therapies will add up when combined with other efforts.

2)They lower Uric Acid

High levels of uric acid is the main culprit that leads to gout pain. Watermelons are great remedies in that they are full of vitamin c which has been shown to lower uric acid levels. According to wikipedia, watermelons are full of vitamin C. They have approximately 14% of your daily value per serving. Adding watermelons to other natural gout remedies such as grapes, pineapples, and blueberries, and you will be on your way to not only reducing your overall levels, but you'll be on your way to eating healthier and losing the weight the most gout patients need to lose.

3)They are full of water

The overwhelming majority of watermelons are made up of water. In fact, approximately 2/3 of watermelons are made up of water. Water works well on several fronts. First, it helps you to be hydrated which will help your kidneys pass your excess uric acid crystals which causes gout much easier. This will lower your levels. Secondly, water will help you to lose weight. Most people in today's society are dehydrated and this is true of gout sufferer's as well. Eating one piece of watermelon is like drinking one glass of water. Your cells will function more properly all the way around. You will feel better and be less likely to have an acute gout attack. It will also help you treat one if you do have an attack.

Watermelon is a great holistic food for gout and I highly recommend it, especially this time of year when watermelons are in season.

Until later,


Monday, August 4, 2008

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Gout Treatments: Why Weight Loss Should Be Your #1 Goal

Making Weight Loss Your Primary Gout Treatments Method

In our last post on how to get rid of gout, we saw how improving your overall health will help reduce or even eliminate future attacks. Since most gout patients tend to be overweight, one of the most important gout treatments therapies should be to lose weight.

So how does one go about losing weight. The internet, tv, and magazines are filled with gimmicks, fads, and often fraudulent claims on how you can lose weight quickly. If you are prone to gout pain, avoid the quick methods of weight loss. You may lose weight quickly, but at what expense?

Moderation is the Key

Shedding the pounds too quickly is very counterproductive. First of all, you usually lose mostly water weight and muscle. Very little fat is lost. Secondly, by losing weight quickly your body usually rejects your efforts making it less likely you will continue.

As far as gout is concerned, losing weight too fast can be painful. When you get rid of excess baggage you not only don't usually lose fat, you also increase the percentage of uric acid in your body. Since you've lost water weight, the uric acid is more likely to crystallize and you tend to get painful gout attacks.

Also, since you are not properly hydrated due to the lost water weight, your kidneys have to work harder to excrete the excess uric acid making effective treatment of your symptoms of gout even harder than if you had kept the excess weight on.

Go slowly and choose your diet wisely

Losing those extra pounds slowly will not only increase the chances you will keep the weight off, you will be more likely to lose the fat versus muscle and water. Your kidneys will thank you as processing the uric acid will be much easier. Your joints will thank you as the uric acid will not overwhelm them, and you will thank yourself by avoiding gout pain.

Recommended diet

Multitudes of diets exist and results widely vary. The best remedies should include lots of fruits and vegetables and lean meats. One of the best choices is the Mediterranean Diet. Click on the link for good information about the healthy Mediterranean weight loss diet and how it compares to other diets.

If you are serious about getting rid of gout and you are overweight, losing weight must be one of the key remedies of your gout treatments program.

Until later,