Archive for December, 2007

Causes Of Gout That You May Not Know About

Posted in Health & Fitness on December 15th, 2007

Your diagnosis of gout may come with information and warnings about the foods you eat and what you can do to prevent further attacks. You may be told your condition is hereditary in many cases, and that you should follow certain steps to get rid of your pain when you have an attack. However, there are other causes of gout of which you may not be aware.

This means you could have gout when no one else in your family has been diagnosed, and it can also mean there are steps you can take to help with the pain and discomfort associated with this condition.

Heredity alone will not indicate that you will develop gout. There are other factors that can make a difference in whether or not you go on to develop gout.

Some studies suggest that a person with insulin resistance is more likely to have gout than those without. Insulin resistance occurs when the body produces too much insulin because it is not recognizing the existing levels. Eventually this situation can lead to diabetes if left uncontrolled. Insulin resistance may also be a risk factor in developing gout for some people. Getting insulin resistance under control can help lower this risk.

When it comes to why gout attacks happen despite your best attempts at following a low purine good diet, there are a number of factors outside of your control that can come into play. One example might be an injury to a joint. Sustaining an injury to any joint in your body makes that joint more susceptible to the build up of uric acid crystals that are associated with gout and bring you so much pain.

However, you don’t have to sustain a joint injury to have a flare up of gout. Just having an inordinately high amount of stress on any joint can leave it susceptible to an attack. If you have hip wear and tear, you are at risk of having a problem with gout in your hips. The same can be said if you have had stress on any other joints. What you may think of as a flare up of pain associated with an injury may in fact be a new area in your body where uric acid crystals have started to form. Although this is a fairly rare cause of gout, it may be a real possibility for some sufferers.

One gout risk factor that can be out of your control is temperature. For gout sufferers who live in cool climates where winters are cold, gout attacks can increase over the winter months. It is important to ensure you keep the joints that are susceptible to gout attacks warm. If its your feet that tend to feel the brunt of gout attacks then investing in some good quality, water proof shoes and thick socks may help to keep cold-related gout at bay.

All of these uncommon causes of gout attacks are factors that are difficult to control, but knowledge that they can contribute to your flare-ups can help you more accurately take care of the pain. When any joint in the body is compromised in any way, it is more susceptible to being a new place where uric acid crystals form.

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How To Modify Your Diet For Acid Reflux

Posted in Health & Fitness on December 8th, 2007

One great step in controlling acid reflux is through following an acid reflux friendly diet. This is an easy step that can seem initially hard because of the thought of giving up some of your favorite foods. Although acid reflux may seem like a mere inconvenience, it can lead to some very complicated problems if left untreated. So, taking steps to modify your diet for acid reflux control, and to also make other lifestyles changes that minimizes future health risks and your need to take prescription medications multiple times a year can be a wise choice. You don’t have to give up everything you love, but there are some adjustments that can be made for the betterment of your health.

Fats: When you eat fatty foods, they tend to sit in your stomach longer, and that encourages your body to produce more acid to digest those fats. If you have food high in fat, keep that part of the meal small. Be aware that any fats may slow digestion, and if your reflux is flaring, avoid them as much as you can.

Milk: When indigestion strikes, many reach for milk to soothe the stomach. While milk does have a calming affect for many, it is not necessarily a good choice in your diet if you suffer from acid reflux. Drinking a glass of milk before bedtime is a common habit as milk can induce sleep, however when you sleep, milk can encourage your body to churn out more acid, leading to painful reflux symptoms. If you wish to drink milk, you should have it earlier in the day. Should you wish to have some at night, drink a small glass and accompany it with bread or any other high carbohydrate type of food. That will speed up digestion and minimize the potential of developing acid reflux symptoms.

Fried Foods: Eating fried foods, whether deep-fried or stir fried, is a common acid reflux trigger for many people. Fried foods can be one of the hardest to give up for a lot of people as they tend fried foods can be make up a large part of many people’s favorite dishes, but there are alternatives that you’ll find to be satisfying. Most foods that you would normally deep fry can also be cooked in the oven with minimal use of oil. Admittedly, they won’t taste exactly the same, but you’ll probably find they are more satisfying in a completely different way because of the reduced likelihood of triggering an acid reflux episode.

Carbonated Drinks: Sodas are a popular choice when it comes to beverages. However, for acid reflux sufferers it is best to think about eliminating these completely. The air in these drinks can contribute to burping, and can encourage acid to reflux into the esophagus. If you must drink soda, allow it go flat before drinking to reduce the impact of the carbonation. However, you’d be best to avoid soda altogether as many sodas also contain caffeine, another common acid reflux trigger. The best beverage to have is plain water.

Fruit: There are some fruits and fruit juices you can have when you modify your diet for acid reflux, but there are a few you should avoid. Most citrus fruits will stimulate acid production, and are common triggers, bringing on flare ups of acid reflux. Instead of having orange and pineapple, go for fruits that are not in the citrus category. Try bananas or berries and monitor your symptoms. You don’t have to give up all fruits, but you may have to be more selective when choosing.

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