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Gout

Gout pain is usually diagnosed when you have pain in the joint of your big toe (one of the typical spots where gout flares up). Gout occurs when uric acid crystals cause inflammation and swelling in tissue around joints. Those crystals form when high levels of uric acid build up. For most of us, uric acid normally dissolves in the blood and is passed out of the body in the urine. But for some, the body produces too much uric acid. In other patients, the body does a poor job of eliminating uric acid. In both cases the end result is the same: crystals form and pain develops. Gout can last for days.

I recommend gout patients eat cherries. It’s an old fashion remedy but eating cherries and drinking cherry juice helps relieve gout pains. The secret: Cherries help prompt uric acid excretion. Unfortunately, you might have to eat quite a few cherries before you start to feel relief. And cherries happen to be a natural laxative, so brace yourself for the repercussions. Meanwhile, there are other things you can do to help manage the excess uric acid:

Drink lots of water to help with elimination

 Two herbal therapies: Celery seed extract and extract of juniper

 Chiropractic treatments – especially gentle soft tissue therapy

 Yoga

 Avoid: High fructose corn syrup, heavy alcohol consumption, red meat, liver, kidneys, Shellfish and being overweight.

High-dose vitamin C promotes uric acid to be excreted into the urine. Start with 1-2 grams of vitamin C, three times daily. 

Hope this helps!

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Cherries and Berries

 

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In a study at the University of Vermont, students who were given 12 ounces of tart cherry juice before and after strenuous exercises suffered only a 4 percent reduction in muscle strength the next day compared with a 22 percent loss found in subjects given a placebo. “Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory molecules in tart cherries suppress and treat the micro-tears in muscles,” says Declan Connolly, PhD. These molecules are also found in blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Stock up on frozen berries, and add them to smoothies, yogurt and cereal. Or, defrost a few in the microwave for a sweet postride snack.

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