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,