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
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.