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Cleaning Up the Debris

Posted by Evie at 7:00 pm November 27th 2010

 

As the name suggests, gallstones form in the gallbladder, a storage area for bile (or gall) which is used by the body to digest fats. The bile is normally in a liquid state with small particles of cholesterol, fats and proteins mixed in. When you get too much fat and cholesterol in your diet, these particles come together and form gallstones. Needless to say, it makes sense for people who are prone to stones to consume less of anything that is loaded with fat and cholesterol. Another way to deal with gallstones is simply to eat small meals more often. Eating makes the gallbladder contract and, since gallstones are caused by the buildup of debris, eating several small meals will help keep it active and remove debris before it gets a chance to form into gallstones. Drinking a lot of water will also help stones from forming.

 

Aside from cutting down on fats, eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acid, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol, should be part of an anti-gallstone plan. Salmon is a very good source of omega-3. A six-ounce serving should provide enough omega-3. And adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your diet certainly won’t hurt.

 

 

The Big Toe Attack

Posted by Evie at 2:44 pm December 12th, 2010

 

Gout is a type of arthritis that frequently manifests itself in the big toe or other areas of the foot. It can also appear in hands, ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows or wrists. Although gout mostly strikes overweight men over 40, women get it as well.

 

Uric acid is produced by the body to break down protein by-products called purines, filtered out by the kidney and sent packing in the urine. Those with gout either produce too much uric acid or have trouble getting rid of them and over time this excess acid condenses into sharp crystals that lodge in joints and connective tissues causing searing pain People with gout are more likely than others to develop uric acid kidney stones.

 

It is best to eliminate foods highest in purines - organ meats, seafood, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, asparagus and beans - to relieve some of the symptoms. Water dilutes the uric acid so drinking at least 10 to 12 glasses a day should help.

 

Cherries work too. Cherries have an enzyme that neutralizes uric acid. Frozen or canned cherries if fresh cherries are not available may also be used. You could also take cherry juice, in particular black cherry juice. Gout sufferers with kidney issues may also try watermelon juice or beet juice. Beet juice literally breaks up kidney stones. While there is no scientific study that cherries can ease the pain of gout, many gout sufferers swear by it. What have you got to lose? A pain in your toe, maybe.

 

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Dealing with the Common Type

Posted by Evie at 9:00 pm, December 6th, 2010

 

Let’s take a quick look at what diabetes is. The fuel that keeps our body running is glucose (sugar). Soon after eating, glucose pours into the bloodstream and carried to the individual cells. But before it can enter the cells, it needs a hormone called insulin, and therein lies the problem. All that glucose in the bloodstream is not able to get inside the cells and hovers in the blood getting more and more concentrated until it gets toxic. At the same time, the cells go hungry thereby causing fatigue, dizziness and other symptoms. For those with the common type of diabetes, Type II or non-insulin dependent diabetes, the body produces some insulin but generally not enough. They may take oral medications but generally don’t require insulin injections.

 

In this case, what you eat plays a critical role in controlling and preventing diabetes. A strategy where a diet which consists mainly of high fiber, high carbohydrate foods, such as taro, greens, fruits, and plenty of fish was found extremely effective in a research done by a health center in Hawaii. Carbohydrates, both complex like barley, rice, pasta and potatoes, and simple which includes natural sugars found in milk, fruits and honey, are the body’s main source of energy. A helpful way to plan your diet is carbohydrate counting where you determine the daily grams of carbohydrate you need and “spend” them toward your daily allowance.

 

Research also suggests that a high fiber diet may play a role in controlling blood sugar. There are two types of fiber: insoluble which does not dissolve in water speeds through the intestines, and soluble which forms a gummy gel in the intestines and prevents glucose from being absorbed too quickly thus keeping blood sugar levels from rising drastically. Eating more fruits and vegetables will naturally give you a lot more of soluble fiber. So will eating oat bran and oatmeal.

Putting it all together, the treatment and prevention of diabetes involves more than just eating a few good foods. It is really a diet with fiber, vitamins and minerals put together in a plan tailored for your preferences and lifestyle and which coordinates with your medications. And don’t forget to exercise

 

 

 

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