Are Red Beans Good or Bad for Gout?

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Obviously, you already know some information on gout or you would not be reading this article, so let me be as brief as possible and clear some things up.

I’m going to give you a different perspective on gout and its causes and answer the question of where red beans are good or bad for gout.

Ready to dive in? Great, let’s get started.

Are Red Beans Really Bad For Gout?

First things first, let me deliver on the promise of the title and give you a direct answer to your question of are red beans good or bad for gout.

Red beans are not the best choice for people who suffer from gout. You will pay if you keep eating them. We will cover more details on red beans later. I first I want to teach you “why” red beans are not good for people who suffer from gout outbreaks.

You May Be Lacking Some Very Important Information

Mainstream medical states that gout is caused by an increase in purines in your blood serum levels, but what caused the purines to go out of control in the first place?

This is typical of modern medicine. Their goal is to manage a disease, condition or syndrome, not fix it, so the focus is on treatment.

Here is another example. There was a study just a few years back that suggested that gout causes type 2 diabetes.

How ignorant for supposedly smart people.

They both have the same risk factors, and yet they attempt to point to gout as a cause instead of a symptom of something much bigger.

So, what’s causing both diabetes and gout?

The Real Culprits

Sugar and blood sugar problems to be exact.

Sugar and fructose, in particular, are the main culprits from my perspective and testing myself.

There have been quite a few studies come out over the last 150 plus years that directly implicates sugar.

If you still think purines are the cause of gout, you need a reality check. I have an article about what does not causes gout, and it’s backed up with a long history to suggest that gout is caused by sugar intake, not meats.

Just 200 years ago, the average American consumed between 4 and 9lbs of sugar per year per person, now in the US, that number is bumping 200 lbs of sugar per person, per year.

Carbs And Sugar Are Your Enemies

People are overweight, plain out obese and they still haven’t figured it out. Guess what red beans are loaded with? Carbs that turn to sugar in the blood.

Alcohol Has Long Been A Known Factor In Gout

Beer, liquor, and wine are loaded with what? Carbs that turn to sugars in the blood, so alcohol is bad for gout, and this is not in dispute. I explain the connection and vicious cycle in my post titled: Does Meat or Sugar Cause Gout? The Truth May Surprise You.

If you want results, do the opposite of what Main Stream medicine preaches because their goal is to sell pharmaceutical drugs.

Sugar has literally thousands and thousands of peer-reviewed studies, trials, and test that directly implicate sugar in almost every disease, condition or syndrome commonly know to western society.

Why Don’t 2nd And 3rd World Countries Have Gout Problems?

Gout, until recently, has never been an issue in 2nd and 3rd world countries… but why not?

Sugar! Or, well, a lack of it.

50 years ago, gout was basically unheard of in Mexico, now it’s prominent with trade and super low sugar prices.

Cheap carb foods and sugar are indeed the cause of gout from my perspective.

Red beans have 110 grams of carbs or sugar in each cup. That’s the same amount of sugar as 3 – 16 oz coca-cola or the average soft drink.

Closing Thoughts

I would suggest you cut all sugars and as many carbs as you can and you will likely avoid future outbreaks if you learn to manage your diet correctly, I have and have helped many others who’ve taken my advice and tried it themselves.

I recently tried something new and will release that information very soon. This could squash gout and diabetes in their tracks.

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Is Squash And Zucchini Good Or Bad For Gout? Need Answers?

Is Squash And Zucchini Good Or Bad For Gout? Need Answers?

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Squash and Zucchini (both called courgettes) are great foods for gout overall, but one of them can provoke or aggravate your gout and could contribute to an attack in my opinion.

This article will seem odd compared to most that are posting about gout that have never had it themselves, but you will learn more here on my small site about some things most in main stream medical and the people who are their cheering squads are taught, but I personally have serious doubts about their perspective.

I fully believe that most (not all) gout sufferers can control their gout via diet and some simple management steps. I’ll give you some links at the bottom of this post that will further explain my positions, but be ready to hear things you’ll likely hear nowhere else.

The statement here are my opinions and what has worked for me and others like myself. There is science to back my views, but I am no doctor, not a scientist. Anything I tell you here is not to be taken as medical advice, just my story, experience and my beliefs.

I’ll explain.

I’ve tested a lot of foods over the last 6 plus years of being stricken with gout. Squash and Zucchini are no exception, but over all of the foods I’ve tested looking for one or any particular food that “triggered” gout was all for nothing.

It wasn’t a total loss. So let me share with you not only which black-sheep in the squash family is a traitor to gout sufferers, but also which ones are best to keep in your diet to squash gout (pun intended :).

Summer squash, or yellow squash is very low in carbs, high in potassium, vitamin A, C, B-6, Iron and magnesium. This one is a go. Eat until you can’t eat anymore if you choose.

Zucchini and spaghetti squash are very similar and you can eat them at will, but now for the offender.

Butternut squash!

But why?

Butternut squash has 3 to 4 times the carbs (mostly from sugars) compared to it’s close cousins.

Think I am kidding? Go look it up and then look up the carbs once it’s baked. It almost doubles again because the sugars are caramelized when baked.

Why do I keep hyping on carbs and sugar?

Because I believe almost all gout sufferers are also either pre-diabetic or diabetic.

When you research gout, meat and sugar, you’ll learn that things are not as they seem.

If you would like to read in more detail how I remain gout attack free and have for 5 years now, read bout how and why I manage my gout the way I do and why I believe it works for most who have gout.

I’ve learned that gout as a whole can be controlled by diet alone for most that suffer from gout attacks.

How I Manage My Gout – The Full Story

How I Manage My Gout – The Full Story

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I am likely to anger many of you from the start with my position on gout, and even more so the medical professionals who serve us. Let me explain my position and plead my case, though. Then, I will leave it up to you, but rest assured, you will leave with a different perspective and possibly more questions if you make it to the end.

And so the journey begins...

My story started over a half dozen years ago on an early summer morning. I awakened to a pain like I had never experienced in my life. Another slight move and the pain quaked back to 10 on the Richter scale. I learned quickly to be still. Gout pain will instantly thrust you right into speed learning mode.

My knee was swollen to the size of a small cantaloupe and any motion that was about or more than 10 to 15 degree bend in my knee was excruciating.

So, I make a trip to the doctor, they draw off the fluid, have it tested and then do blood work and send that off for testing. It came back that I was the proud new owner of a body plagued with gout.

The drugs start flowing, diet is changed, I even converted to vegetarian (and vegan) for a few months each, all with no relief.

When I say I went vegan, I went all in, juicers and all. I actually had high hopes for it, but nope, it was not to be.

Then I found another bombshell

I later found out that vegans and vegetarians develop gout at similar rates as the rest of the population.

This cycle of diets went on for over a year with almost a dozen times having fluid drawn off of my knee.

I tried everything, but the drugs did not work, could not possibly work with the diet they preach to people who have become gout patients for most in my opinion.

Then comes the second bombshell. 

Meat has little to any effect on purine or uric acid levels.

So how did I kick pharmaceuticals and gout attacks and have lasting effects?

One simple rule: don’t eat anything that was not available in 1930 and some things that were. I grin as I write this knowing the likely expression on your face as you read this, but it’s true. Stay with me, it’s going to get deep here pretty fast.

So, why not eat anything that was not for sale to the public in 1930?

Sugar, added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and fast carbs are all working in your system, slowly destroying your entire body. This does not count the chemicals (food additives and flavorings) that we are learning more about every day causing damage.

Let me explain the changes over the last couple of hundred years.

In the early 1800’s the average American consumed 4 to 9 lbs of sugar per year and it was a lot better for you than today’s highly processed sugars.

Today, many experts claim that the average American is topping out on the sugar scale right around 200 lbs per person, per year.

If you take the time to graph the decline of health in the US and increases in disease, syndromes, disorders and other related auto-immune diseases, you can tracks it’s increase with the increased consumption of sugars.

It’s absolutely amazing how close these figures correlate over the last 150 to 200 years.

What does this mean?

It means if you buy your food in a box, package, bag or can, it likely has added sugars, and lots of them.

Most of the drinks offered today are sugary, even worse, what was once healthy is now toxic to the human body because of added sugars. Most fruit juices are a prime example.

I’ve already made the case that it’s sugars and not meats that cause gout. Eskimos had no word or way to describe gout, yet 90% of their diet was animal meats and fat.

Here you can find a study that suggests that gout causes diabetes. This is just one… there are more.

Disease is a symptom of something else wrong. I believe gout, diabetes and high blood pressure are all just symptoms of a greater threat to your health.

Crazy right? Here is the problematic thinking of mainstream medicine these days. Gout is not a cause, it is a symptom, just as diabetes is a symptom.

Increased uric acid is a symptom. Remember folks, we are dealing with cause and effect. Can you name one pharmaceutical drug that cures anything?

Here is what we know.

Sugar is implicated more than any other food source in hundreds and hundreds of diseases, disorders, and conditions, all peer reviewed.

Increase your sugar intake from what was natural prior to modern civilization and you are eating 20 to 40 times more than just 200 years ago.

Obesity is a primary effect of too much sugars in the diet.

I remember when I was a kid that doctors told people to get off their rear and get busy, back off of the carbs, and tv dinners.

My doctor told me at the front line of fixing most medical issues, you’ll find diet leading the charge. But also added that most would rather take a pill.

You want to fix your health? Fix your diet.

You have to change your mind about how and what you think of and about food.

Just by eliminating most carbs (fast carbs) and virtually all added sugars, I lost 80 lbs and don’t have gout attacks anymore… unless I intentionally provoke it to test something in diet and that get’s harder and harder with time.

There are many remedies on this site that do work to lessen the effects of a gout attack and may help or prevent them, but none of them are stand alone cures or solutions. They just provide some relief for the most part.

I still keep them around the house because it’s better to have it and incorporate it into your diet than to need it and not have it.

A shot of apple cider vinegar will make your hurt and ache less within an hour or two, baking soda lessens the impact of pain and swelling, fatty milk and dairy products such as yogurt and cheeses can help lessen pain.

Black or tart cherries help reduce pain and inflammation as does Pineapple in small quantities, but again, not a cure or even management.

So what does sugar do that upset's the system so greatly?

Fructose is processed in the liver. Table sugar is about half fructose. HFCS or high fructose corn syrup is much worse.

For your liver to process it, it puts out a compound called ATP. ATP has purines, lots of them. They get turned into uric acid. Alcohol breaks down just the same way!

While taking in sugars (fructose) you are overloading your system at 20 to 40 times what is natural, and that adds up to a lot of purines.

But wait! There's more!

While the sugar is busy making sure your blood has uric acid, your body is releasing insulin. Insulin tells the kidneys to pump uric acid right back into your bloodstream.

Your body needs insulin to grow a bunch of cells. To make all of these cells, purines are needed. It’s a simple, yet potentially catastrophic event for someone who has gout.

Now the icing on the cake.

It’s been noted in some studies that many gout patients are pre-diabetic or diabetic at the time of diagnosis and testing.

This means the insulin reaction is often enhanced, making the amount of purines being dumped into your bloodstream astronomically high.

It’s literally a vicious cycle that only stops when you cut sugars from your diet.

Here are the basics of how I eat day to day.

These are just examples of what combo’s of meats, veggies and dairy I eat.

Breakfast

2 to 4 eggs, cooked as I choose, where in butter, boiled, scrambled or other cooking method.

Bacon or sausage.

I actually eat omelets often because you can add onions, leafy greens such as spinach, tomatoes, chives, cheese and more. Remember, the most healthy plants are leafy greens and none of us get enough of them.

Lunch & Dinner

Some kind of meat (even seafood), some fresh or lightly cooked veggies and dairy products.

Dinner is no different.

How to prevent gout attacks

I no longer have to take NSAIDs, I no longer take gout medications, just keeping garbage out of my system.

Everyone I have explained this too that has really tried this that has gout has came back and thanked me for sharing the information I shared with you here now.

What have you got to lose. Buy yourself a diabetic cookbook, a paleo diet cookbook, Adkins, etc… but not the Mediterranean cookbook.

Paleo has a record of reversing type II Diabetes, and we want the same effect for gout.

You can go buy one of these cookbooks and apply them to your life or you can come back looking for cherry concentrates and such to stop a gout attack that never needed to happen. In the first place.

Is Pumpkin Good For Gout?

Is Pumpkin Good For Gout?

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The quick answer?

Yes… but there are a few caveats you must consider, and we will get to that plus a lot more very soon.

But first, let’s look at what pumpkins have to offer for people who suffer from gout.

There are 28 of the 91 known essential vitamins and minerals in pumpkin. That is a fair amount when stacked up against almost any other produce. Pumpkin gives an array of power punches in vitamins such as vitamin A, beta carotene, C, E, K, plus many more.

In the mineral category pumpkin offers us calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, as well as others.

High Fiber Content Helps Prevent Gout

Fiber slows down the digestion of other foods in your system, so eating high fiber foods around eating a sweet snack will help offset any purines created by the sugar in your snack food. Pumpkin seeds pack a big fiber punch at 1.7 grams of dietary fiber per ounce.

If you look at anything in nature, anytime you have fructose or sugars involved from a plant, it’s very fibrous. Fiber is natures way of curbing the insulin spikes that can ultimately lead to diabetes.

Here are some other benefits to having fiber in your diet.

Heart health: It’s been found that high fiber intake has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease, even up to 40%.

Stroke: Every time you increase your fiber intake by 7 grams daily, you’re decreasing your stroke risk by 7%.

Weight loss and management: Because fiber makes you feel full, weight loss efforts are assisted and total weight lost is reduced.

Skin health: When your body can’t excrete bad things like yeast and fungus from your body fast enough, it pushes it through your skin, which causes acne and other skin disorders. Fiber such as psyllium husk can help the body excrete unwanted materials and help prevent excretion through the skin.

Diverticulitis: You can decrease your risk of diverticulitis by around 40% by increasing dietary fiber intake, particularly insoluble fiber.

Hemorrhoids: Including more fiber in your diet is also associated with a decreased risk of hemorrhoids.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): IBS is also positively affected by an increased intake of dietary fiber.

Gallstones and kidney stones: Because of fiber’s ability to help your body regulate blood sugar, it can decrease the risk of getting gall and kidney stones. Source : (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19335713)

And It's Low In Sugar Content... But Avoid Canned Pumpkin!

Canned pumpkin is no good in this case, because it’s already got sweeteners and other things in it. Skip it and go for the fresh stuff!

You have 3 grams of sugar in a cup of natural pumpkin, where cooked or raw, but in canned pumpkin over 8 grams for a single serving, which for it is a mere half cup.

So, half the food, vitamins, and minerals but twice the sugar. It’s no good, I say!

There is ample evidence suggesting that sugar, and fructose in particular are a major part of the gout puzzle.

You can read more about the research I’ve uncovered that suggest meats have nothing to do with gout and sugar has everything to do with gout, from onset through increasing attacks, frequency and intensity.

Pumpkin Seeds Have Tryptophan, Which Helps Produce Melatonin

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, the amino acid that was once believed to make people want to nap after Thanksgiving dinner.

Although tryptophan does aid in melatonin production, science suggests that there is not enough in turkey alone to produce that Thanksgiving day nap. But, eating pumpkin seeds regularly can help your body produce the sleep hormone more easily.

A handful is the perfect dose given to humans via a healthy and natural diet.

And this means better sleep. Since lack of sleep creates stress and stress has been linked to gout outbreaks, pumpkin seeds are a great addition to a gout diet.

One Last Tip

There is a lot of misinformation on gout, the diets that help and other misinformation, even by the main stream medical establishment.

I can assure you that meats and low purine diets are hogwash. There is enough science to cause serious doubts about meats and high purine foods.

You will want to read my post about meats, sugar and gout. It may change your entire outlook on life as someone who suffers from gout.

Are Nectarines Good For Gout?

Are Nectarines Good For Gout?

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So you now have gout and are attempting to sort what foods you can and can’t have, and here is where the surprise comes into play. No food is bad for you if it is in fact real food. What is bad is excess, validating the old adage of  “All things in moderation”.

So let’s take a look at Nectarines as a food source for people who suffer from gout and see how it matches up for us.

Nectarines have 15 carbs, 11 of which are from sugars, fructose in particular.  You should read my post addressing meat verses sugar concerning gout. It’s worth the time to read and you may be able to end your battle with gout in the time it takes to read that post.

Sugar is a major culprit in the onset of gout when you look at modern science from a reasonable perspective.  Carbs are sugars, and sugar has been implicated as a food in health issues more than any other food on earth, and it’s killing people in the US at break neck speed. Gout is just one more of the responses your body has to overloads of sugar.

Nectarines have 11 grams of sugar. Eat 3 of these puppies and you might as well eat a chocolate candy bar or drink a 20 oz soft drink with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). This is asking for a gout attack if done on a consistent basis.

Nectarines are fine in moderation, but you should hold your carb and sugar intake to 30 grams a day if you wish to remain gout attack free without prescription meds like I do now and have been for well over 4 years at the time of this post.

And yes, read the post linked above and listen to a gout sufferer who has literally crushed gout purely based on diet by eliminating as much sugar as possible.

Here is the cookbook I first used and still use to this day. Once you understand how to manage your diet, you can get creative.

Does Drinking Alcohol Give You Gout?

Does Drinking Alcohol Give You Gout?

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Alcohol is bad for gout. It’s so bad that it may be a major contributing factor to the onset of gout.

Alcohol dehydrates you and therefore your kidneys, which are responsible for eliminating purines from the body. Then there are fast carbs which spikes insulin. As far as the effect on insulin, beer spikes insulin at a very similar rate to modern soft-drinks.

It’s been known since the 1960’s that sugar intake increases purines within the body. You are taking a 1-2 punch right to the toe (or wherever your gout flares) each and every time you take a drink of any alcohol.

Here comes the uppercut for the knockout. Beer, and most alcoholic drinks are packed with purines.

Granted, some are supposedly worse than others, but no version is good, or even neutral, it is bad for people who have gout and there are no exceptions to this statement.

Common Causes of Gout

Hyperuricemia or high levels of uric acid in the blood is the most common cause of gout. This can be diet related or genetic. It can also be caused by one of the two reasons mentioned below :

  1. Increased production of uric acid, such as hemolytic anemia, leukemia, excessive exercise or psoriasis
  2. Reduced excretion of uric acid, such as lead induced nephropathy, chronic renal disease, diabetic ketoacidosis and kidney damage

The question most never ask is why these levels become too high or too low in the first place.

I asked these questions that professionals like doctors and scientist never seem to ask. Mine was more specific to gout, so mine is what is causing high levels of purines and uric acid in the first place.

We will cover this question in my final thoughts at the bottom of this page.

What Kind of Foods Trigger A Gout Attack?

There are many beverages and foods that cause high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream.

Some of the most common ones include excessive amounts of alcohol, especially strong beer and red wine, asparagus, soft drinks, coffee, anchovies, legumes, mushrooms, and meats, especially shellfish and organ meats according to main stream medicine.

The fact is scientist have admitted for years that they can’t accurately measure the purines in foods. Then there is a scientific study and the leader of that study stated: “The purine content of the diet does not usually contribute more than 1 mg/dl to the serum urate concentration…” [Emmerson 1996].

We will revisit this later.

Gout can also be caused by other things. Some of these include injury, surgery, stress, rapid weight loss, deficiency of Vitamin B5, use of antibiotics, chemotherapy, and deficiency of several nutrients. Any major cause of potassium loss, such as fasting, diuretic use, and surgery can also trigger gout.

Effects of Alcohol

A lot of men who indulge in alcohol, especially beer, can double their risk of developing gout. Researchers have known about the link between gout and alcohol for many years through anecdotal evidence. Recent studies have been able to verify this connection.

It is important to understand that gout is a kind of severe arthritis, marked by severe inflammation and pain in the joints. Moreover, gout outbreaks strike suddenly, without any prior warning. Some severe instances of gout may lead to major health problems, and even kidney failure. Men are more prone to developing gout than women. However, this difference is less dramatic among elderly people.

According to researchers, both environmental and hereditary factors can cause gout. Alcohol consumption is one of the major causes of gout. In the past 30 years, many studies have reported that regular alcohol consumption increases the likelihood of suffering from gout.

Many patients report the link between gout and alcohol consumption. You can get gout attacks triggered by purines. A lot of patients report suffering from gout attacks either on the night of alcohol consumption or after a couple of days from having drinks. In such cases, even medications don’t help treat the problem. Therefore, it is important to drastically reduce your intake of alcohol.

According to studies, strong beer and wine are more likely to cause a gout outbreak than other kinds of alcoholic drinks. As mentioned earlier, many studies have verified these claims. In this post, we’ve also discussed a study that establishes the link between gout attacks and consumption of alcohol.

Study Findings

According to a study published in the renowned Lancet Medical Journal, researchers studied a sample of 47,000 male medical professionals. They did not have a history of gout outbreaks for about 12 years. By the end of this study, more than 2% men had experienced gout attacks. Men who consumed alcohol on a daily basis had twice the risk of suffering from this condition than men who didn’t consume alcohol regularly.

Drinking beer increased the risk of gout attacks by almost 50% for every serving on a daily basis. On the other hand, men who drank hard liquor increased the risk of suffering from gout attacks by almost 15% for every drink. Men who consumed red wine didn’t experience increased risk in suffering from gout attacks. However, since only few men consumed more than 2 glasses of wine per day, these results are not conclusive, but provide some insight.

According to researchers, beer consumption can and does lead to gout attacks. The stated primary reason is the high purine content of alcoholic beverages. During the process of digestion, purine compound breaks down to create uric acid. Normally, urate or uric acid leaves your body through urine.

However, if your kidneys are not able to process high levels of uric acid, it creates a wide range of health problems. Excess uric acid in the body can form crystal deposits in your joints. These deposits are the primary cause of gout.

Some powerful medications are available in the market to treat gout, but come with some potentially dangerous side effects. But it makes real sense to reduce your risk of suffering from the condition in the first place. When you avoid regular or excessive consumption of alcohol, you’re able to lessen gout attacks and the length of their duration.

Final Thoughts

Besides avoiding alcohol, you can also take other steps to prevent and treat gout. For instance, meeting your daily recommended intake of potassium makes sure you’re able to take a bite out of gout, and improve your overall health.

These days, you can choose from a wide range of supplements to prevent gout. Most of these supplements also aim to prevent nutritional deficiencies to improve your health and well being. However, you should look for the best supplements to treat your problem. Make sure they are sugar free and actually contain what the merchant claims the product does.

I am not too big on single solutions because I believe that your total overall diet is the root of the problem.

There are foods that slightly increase and decrease purine levels in the body, but most are nominal in nature and the max any food increases or decreases purine levels is about 10% and it’s not organ meats, red meat, nor seafood that has the largest sway in purine levels.

Dairy, whole milk, cheese and such drops your purines by 10% in an hour and a half. A 16 ounce rib-eye steak does not raise your purines by 10%, neither does most shellfish.

What we need to find out is what is causing the spikes of purines, and I am betting it is more sugars than anything else.

The problem with this science as well as other gout studies is that they are not looking at the root cause as mentioned earlier in this post.

If you can eat a 16 ounce rib-eye and then drink a glass of whole milk with it, you have actually lowered your purines, not increase them, and this doesn’t account for the fact that protein lowers uric acid levels… so the steak cancels out the increase in purines all by itself. Adding milk should push you in the good direction.

This would apply to all meat, foul and fish.

Asparagus does not increase purines 3% total, so why is it considered a trigger?

If meats cause it, why do vegans suffer from gout? Yes, there are thousands and thousands of vegans that have gout and have attacks regularly, even with pharmaceuticals.

There are many other foods that help lower uric acid. Cherries reduce gout issues as well as apple cider vinegar. Pineapple kills gout to some degree because of it’s ingredients. Oatmeal is not that great for gout because of the fast carbs (sugars).

You have to know what is good and what is bad and learn to balance what you eat to keep gout away from you.

Are Dairy Products Good For Gout?

Are Dairy Products Good For Gout?

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Before we get to what products, specifically the dairy products to take, first you need to understand how a gout attack happens.

Gout attack takes place when someone with a higher than normal levels of uric acid has a build-up of the acid around a joint causing a painful gout flare.

This is as a result of the formation of uric crystals around the joint. A common site for this condition is the big toe joint, but it can also occur in the elbow, wrist, finger, knee or ankle.

There are many things including stress, alcohol and some foods that play part in the increase of uric acid level in the body, which is why it important we follow the right measures to ensure that we stay in control.

Lowers Uric Acid

Over the years researchers have proven that dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese help increase the excretion of uric acid in the body.

Orotic is a substance in milk that plays the major role of helping the kidney remove excess uric acid. It decreases the re-absorption of uric acid and also promotes excretion of uric acid by the kidneys.

Scholars suggest that dairy products in the human body causes something called the “Uricosuric Effect” of the milk proteins; lactalbumin and casein – which help protect against gout.

It is for this reason that lately milk products have received many accolades from the medical fraternity for the role they have played as an essential dietary factor in the reduction of risks involved in gout development.

For existing gout sufferers – myself included, it is recommended that we consume these products to enable us manage the condition.

Low Prurine

Cheese, cream and butter are low purine; this is why experts recommend at least four servings each day to help reduce the risk of gout development by 40%.

According to purine table, milk products contain 0 – 50mg of purine per 100gms of food making them very low in purine, even though scientist openly admit there is no way to measure purines in any food.

Because of its acute urate-lowering effect, milk products are excellent for both middle aged and the elderly since with time the level of uric acid in human body tends to rise. In theory, it could give children a head-start in preventing gout in the future.

A Glass A Day Chases The Gout Away

As a gout sufferer, I try to have at least one glass of milk daily, plus another serving of dairy like real cheeses (no processed junk with added sugars) or sugar free yogurt.

A recent study that involved almost 15,000 Americans consistently drinking at least a glass a day for a period of six years showed that they had a 0.25mg/dL lower serum UA level than those who didn’t.

For the people who ate various kinds of cheese, the performance was slightly higher than those who only took milk and yogurt. It is therefore better you eat a couple stalks of cheese with celery at a time, or even cheddar which is a great anti-gout snack. Celery helps excretion of uric acid, so combinations of good foods compound the effects.

A study done in 2010, the “Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases”, showed that skim milk had the capacity to lower uric acid by up to 10% in only three hours, and at the same time quickly increasing the excretion of uric acid.

While various foods have been proven to increase the risk of gout, others including skim milk significantly reduce this risk making them not only protective but preventive too.

In 2011, the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS) stated that milk products were associated with lower gout risk, with a multivariate risk of 0.82gms per daily serving of the dairies.

There was also another study by the Nurse’s Health Study (NHS) that showed a strong inverse association between milk product consumption versus the incidence of gout.

Dairy fractions have also been confirmed to possess anti-inflammatory features, and in experimental models glycomarcropeptide and G600 milk fat extract were proven that they contain an inhibitory effect and also have the capacity to regulate inflammatory response when dealing with monosodium urate crystals.

Water + Milk

Since uric acid is not very soluble, you need to drink a lot of water for the excretion including halting uric crystallization. Although milk is 88% water, it does not dilute the acid, unlike plain water which is pH neutral and can be alkalized to dilute the acid to reduce the urate-effect.

Drinking 10×8 ounces of milk everyday is a tall order; one or two glasses plus the standard eight glasses of water is more realistic. Use some common sense and you will see results.

In case you are lactose intolerant, meaning you cannot digest the main sugar in milk, use lactose-free milk found in your local supermarket including health food stores.

The Real Solution To Gout And Gout Attacks!

I watched my mother, who is now in her 70’s reverse diabetes. That was powerful, and she done it with diet.

I have now been gout attack free for 5 years by controlling my diet. It was easy for a mother because there are tons of diabetic cookbooks on the market, but that’s not the case with gout.

The good news for you? I have already tried all of the available gout cookbooks and systems online (Hell yeah I tried, you know this crap is painful).

This is the one that actually worked, and it had some other major side effects. I was able to get off of my blood pressure meds also.

Do yourself a favor, stop looking for certain foods to eliminate or cure your gout issue. There is no silver bullet. You must change your daily diet, or you will suffer.

Think diet is BS?

Let me show you a documentary that will likely open your eyes like never before. All of this with diet!

Take your time, watch it and buy that damn book I linked to… or suffer!

The right diet for gout is your only real solution.

There is no one food that causes or reduces gout to any significant degree other than sugars

No matter how impressive some of these single foods act scientifically, none of them alone will make a significant different in gout or gout attacks, but when used in combination, they can be powerful at stopping gout attacks.

An example would be if you strictly used dairy products, you would get limited results, but if you use cherries and pineapple in the same day, you would get more effective relief. Throw in some potassium and apple cider vinegar and you increase the effect even more.

Now, for comparison, if you continue to drink soft-drinks or sweet tea all day, nothing can overcome it other than colchicine, allopurinol and other pharmaceuticals. But as soon as you stop the meds, the attacks will return.

Not only that, but if you don’t do something significant about the problem other than taking drugs, the problem (gout) will eventually outgrow the power of these drugs. Have you had meds raised or changed to stronger versions? I know many who have.

Meats causing gout or gout attacks is simply not supported by science.

There is no one food that causes or reduces gout to any significant degree other than sugars…fructose in particular is very nasty when it comes to gout.

The trick is to make sure you eliminate as much sugar, carbs and processed foods from your diet as possible. Then just keep a balance of what most refer to as good foods and bad foods for gout.

You should take a serious look at our homepage and you will understand my point, It will show you that there is no science that any particular foods, other than sugars and carbs, can cause or increase gout attacks and higher purine levels. The worst part is that if today’s sugars were mostly eliminated from the western diet, most disease and conditions would magically evaporate into thin air.

It’s been known since the 1960’s that fructose spikes insulin and purine production through a complex system, starting in the liver. It’s also know that the reaction is much more severe in people who already suffer from gout.

Is Oatmeal Good Or Bad For Gout?

Is Oatmeal Good Or Bad For Gout?

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“You are what you eat” – we have all heard that saying more than once, and truth be told, some foods can make you sick while others can heal you.

The same principle applies to gout and other forms of arthritis, as some foods are known to increase the likelihood of developing arthritis at a certain point in the future, or to worsen it if you already suffer from arthritis.

Before answering the question on everybody’s lips – is oatmeal bad for gout – it is important to explain what causes gout in the first place.

What Causes Gout And What Role Do Purines Play?

Gout is one of the most feared and most painful types of arthritis, and that is perfectly understandable given the fact that it hits when you least expect it.

Gout attacks can be incredibly painful, as they trigger an instant inflammation in the joints, causing them to be red, swollen and painful to the touch.

Gout can be a debilitating disease that prevents you from doing basic tasks, such as washing the dishes or gardening, this is why it must be prevented at all costs.

The intense joint pains can affect not just the toes, but also the wrists and hands, and it tends to occur in the middle of the night – most of the time, the gout-related pain tends to subside within a few hours, but it is not uncommon for some people to experience them for days or even weeks to come.

Once again, everything comes down to one’s diet and lifestyle – for instance, studies have revealed that alcohol consumption can lead to more gout attacks.

Gout occurs when the levels of uric acid in the blood are higher than normal – some foods can lower the levels of uric acid, while others can boost it, and knowing which foods to avoid is essential for preventing any painful future joint attacks.

When somebody has more uric acid in the bloodstream, this can lead to the formation of small crystals around the joint.

The crystals are naturally formed by the body when it tries to break down the purines, and for this reason those who suffer from gout should try to focus the right foods and getting rid of the few that are causing the problems.

There are some foods that gout sufferers should avoid at all costs, but this site is not like other gout sites spewing the same garbage out that has failed miserably.

Gout is on the rise, so the medical system is far behind, and the reason they are far behind is that there are multiple billions each year in in profits for gout drugs in the US.

It’s definitely not a broken system for big pharma who are enjoying the increases in revenues each and every year. Why should they study diet over pills? They make nothing if food is the answer.

How Can Oatmeal Affect Your Gout?

Oatmeal is, by all means, one of the healthiest cereals out there – high in copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, chromium, fiber and a plethora of other valuable nutrients, oatmeal will provide your body with all the minerals and vitamins it needs in order to function correctly.

Things change a bit when it comes to gout sufferers – although oatmeal is not the cereal with the highest amount of purines, it is still quite rich in purines and proteins and all gout sufferers with high uric acid levels should steer clear from it.

But proteins lower uric acid according to scientific studies, so what gives?

In order to understand why oatmeal can be bad for a person who suffers from gouty arthritis, it is important to mention that this is a carbohydrate, which spikes insulin because the body converts it all to sugar.

When insulin spikes, it’s a builder by trade and orders up more purines from the kidneys to build with. It’s really a vicious cycle for someone with gout.

Purines are necessary for cell growth and replacement throughout the body, but too much is a problem.

Science is building a solid case against sugars, and people will sooner or later figure out that sugar is one of the biggest threats to Americans health.

Get one of the cookbooks below and fix your diet and you can cut down or even eliminate gout attacks. I’ve been gout attack free for 5 years now.

I know, most will not, but some of you will take advice from an older gentleman who has already been there and the rest will continue to suffer and live a life on pharmaceutics that are slowing killing you.

Don’t believe me? Look up the drugs they prescribe and read for yourself.

Is Pineapple Juice Good For Gout?

Is Pineapple Juice Good For Gout?

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The amount of pain experienced by gout sufferers varies widely from bearable to excruciating. If you have ever woken up in the morning with gout pain, then you know how essential it is to have a gout treatment and counter-attack plan that works.

Pineapple, native to South America, is a fruit that’s not only loved for its juiciness, but it’s a formidable foe in the fight against sudden gout attacks and doubles as a preventative in your diet to stop attacks before they start.

Helping Gout With Pineapple Juice

Pineapple is the first remedy that comes to mind when it comes to relieving gout pain. The most up to date evidence suggest that pineapple juice can help ease and prevent gout symptoms, similar to how non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs would. Pineapple boasts a number of positive compounds including potassium, bromelain, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin B6, manganese, and copper, all of which play a significant role in reducing inflammation and pain.

You would likely be surprised by how many foods help, like cherry juice for gout, but you need to know what kind of cherries work. Stick with us, we’ll get you through what’s real and what is loosely based hypothesis.

How Does Pineapple Ease Gout Attacks?

Pineapple contains potassium, which has been shown to be helpful in turning uric acid into a solution your kidney can excrete effortlessly during urination.

While the amount of potassium this fruit contain is not enough to treat gout, it is worth it when merged with other remedies. Another compound is bromelain, which helps in reducing swelling and inflammation. The reason why it is effective is that it interferes with the hormones that signal the brain that something needs to swell up. This ingredient also speeds up the digestion of protein.

Vitamin C is beneficial for the reduction of the amount of uric acid in the blood. However, no study has confirmed that vitamin C interferes with the severity of gout attacks. The reason why vitamin C is effective in treating gout is that it helps the kidneys to get rid of excess uric acid.

Another ingredient in pineapple is Vitamin B6, which apart from helping with digestion, fights inflammation associated with such issues as gout and arthritis.

Pineapple owes part of its effectiveness to manganese, which has been linked to diminishing the levels of uric acid.

How Much Pineapple Juice Should I Drink?

What is the right pineapple juice dosage? Here is what the experts have to say on dosage or amount you should consume.

To reap the benefits of pineapples’ countless healing qualities, it is recommended to drink a cup of fresh pineapple juice once or twice a day before a meal or consume a slice or two of fresh pineapple at a couple of meals a day or as a snack.

Among popular fruits such as apple, grapes, watermelon and plums, pineapple is the lowest in fructose.

Research shows that high fructose intake can increase the level uric acid in the blood, leading to gout.

Because pineapple is a low in fructose, it can be used freely to fulfill the 2 to 3 servings per day recommended by experts.

We’re going to share with you some awesome information on pineapple, but you should also try other natural remedies…like apple cider vinegar for gout.

It’s one of my favorite weapons against gout.

Now for what I teach that matters. Sugar and fast carbs are the majority of your gout problem. Eat like a diabetic and your gout will likely go away.

If you look at my meat and sugar post, you will see that it was a change in my overall diet that has put an end to my gout attacks, using no prescription medication and no attacks, all because of diet.

I would highly suggest you go low carb and eliminate as much sugar from your diet as possible because there is no one superfood that stops gout.

I have a list of cookbooks you need if you want to stop your attacks. This works for over 90% of the people who have actually tried it and stuck to this diet.

What Type of Pineapple Is Best?

The first choice for getting your every day servings of fruit should be a fresh pineapple, so you don’t get added sugar and preservatives in your diet.

If you can buy a pineapple in fresh condition and slice it raw. This is a great way to get fresh fruit that will give you the most benefits.

But if fresh pineapple is not available, you can use canned pineapple or juice. If you opt for canned pineapple juice, be sure to go for the kind with light or no syrup.

One serving of canned pineapple in light syrup comes with more calories than a fresh fruit. If you choose to go with canned pineapple, make sure there is no sugars added because fructose is bad for gout.

How Do You Use It?

During a gout attack, it is advised to take a cup of pineapple juice every three hours until the pain subsides. As mentioned earlier, three cups a day is the recommended dose.  A majority of gout sufferers are able to get relief only in a matter of days after starting their treatment. If you are allergic to pineapple, just use the other methods on this site.

Does Pineapple Actually Help With Gout?

Yes it does.

Pineapple is the only fruit which contains bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that provide medicinal effects. Pineapple is also packed with vitamin C, an effective antioxidant. Studies have found that bromelain helps to decompose uric acid crystals, relieving you from the pain related with gout. Bromelain has also been shown to prevent repeated gout attacks. Vitamin C, which is one of the primary ingredients in pineapple, has been shown to be effective in lowering uric acid levels in the blood.

How Much Pineapple Juice Is Safe?

While pineapple juice is effective in treating and preventing gout, there are some side effects associated with it. Bromelain in pineapple is a powerful enzyme that may lead to stomach disorders, nausea and diarrhea.

Pineapple juice should be avoided during pregnancy as it can cause the contraction of uterus, which might result to miscarriage. When taken in large quantity, it can lead to swelling of the lips, tongue, and cheeks.

Protein is a crucial nutrient that helps rebuild muscle cells. Because bromelain breaks down protein, it should be avoided by people who want to gain muscles.

If you are looking for the magic bullet, this is not it, but it plays it’s part in the fight against gout and I am grateful to have it as one of my many weapons.

Does Olive Oil Help Gout?

Does Olive Oil Help Gout?

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Are you a male with a family history of gout? Do you drink alcohol and consider yourself overweight? Well, you could be on your way to becoming one of the 840 out of 100,000 Americans who are affected by gout.

According to the National Institute on Aging, the factors mentioned above are the most common risk factors for gout and actually increase your chance of developing a case of the King’s disease by 75%.

Still, even though 1 out of every 4 people with gout has been found to have a family history of gout, scientists maintain that anyone can be affected.

Characterized by deep persistent pain that attacks the joint especially at night, Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a build-up of a chemical called uric acid in the joints.

Mostly associated with over indulgence of alcohol and sugary foods, Gout has been around for over 2,000 years and is one of the longest known disease to man, but primarily the wealthy who could afford sugar.

In the same respect, this form of arthritis has one of the widest treatment spectrum, among these, olive oil has been identified as an effective remedy.

Can one of the oldest foods known to man be the solution to a similarly ancient ailment? Does olive oil help gout? In this read get to know how olive oil can alleviate the symptoms of gout and how it compares to other popular forms of treatment.

How Does Olive Oil Help Gout?

With more than 24 anti-inflammatory nutrients and at least 9 different categories of polyphenols, Olive oil is unarguably a powerful natural anti-inflammatory.

Keeping in mind that the primary cause of gout is inflammation ( a results from the buildup of crystallized uric acid in joints) you start to understand how an anti-inflammatory agent like Olive oil can offer alleviation to the symptoms of gout.

In fact, the polyphenols and anti-inflammatory nutrient reported to be present in olive oil have the ability to suppress at most 100 genes that cause inflammation.

For better understanding, Polyphenols are a large family of natural compounds that are widely distributed in plants like olive and the lychee fruit.

Studies have shown that Polyphenols possess anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties apart from being anti-inflammatory.

According to a recent study published in Journal of Functional Food, Polyphenols were reported to lower uric acid through the inhibition of xanthine oxidase (an enzyme responsible for catalyzing the oxidation of xanthine to uric acid).

The study concluded that Polyphenols were effective for prevention and treatment of gout. Therefore, polyphenols in combination with the powerful anti-flammatory property of olive oil makes it part of an effective solution for the thousands of Americans whose lives are affected by gout.

How To Include Olive Oil In Your Diet For Gout Relief

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil a day is recommended for reduction of the production of uric acid and reduction of inflammation in the joints .

Given that olive oil has a multitude of other healing properties including the ability to improve your cardiovascular health and your digestive system as well, you really stand to gain much from this century-old form of treatment.

Alternatively, you could also use olive leaf extracts in the same way since they too have the same nutrients as the olive fruit.

As a matter of fact, natives of the Mediterranean region recognize the use of olive leaves as traditional treatment for arthritis and gout. You could also use cold pressed extra olive oil in place of cooking oil.

Unlike butter or vegetable oils, cold pressed extra virgin oil is non-saturated and low in calories meaning you get to kill two birds with one stone; alleviate gout symptoms while reducing your caloric intake.

As if the medical properties of Olive oil aren’t enough, studies have proven that olive oil is just as potent as Ibuprofen or Aspirin and can actually be used as a healthier alternative.

In the studies, 3 tablespoons of olive oil were equated to a 200 mg tablet of aspirin and declared to be just as effective.

However, it is important to mention that Ibuprofen or Aspirin can cause damage to kidneys and the stomach making olive oil, once more, the best choice for anyone looking to treat their gout.

Unfortunately not every olive oil brand in the market can produce the same effects as those mentioned in this read.

For the best results, you need to emphasize on the terms ‘cold pressed’ which means that minimal heating was used during the pressing of the oil to preserve its nutrients, and ‘extra virgin’ which means the oil is a product of the first pressing and hence most rich in antioxidants and Polyphenols. This is where I purchase my olive oil.

What are other forms of popular treatment for gout and how do they compare with olive oil?

Hold On! Before We Get Into Popular Treatments!

Diet is what caused your problem and it’s exactly how you fix it. There is no magic bullet with gout, but there is relief.

Everyone talks about purines and high purine foods, but what causes your body to overproduce purines or uric acid? Why did you all of a sudden develop gout?

You’ve broken your body by putting garbage into your body, plain and simple.

You have to learn some new recipes… unless you want to suffer the rest of your life.

Let’s get real, food is to the body as oil, gas, water and grease are to cars.  Put garbage in it and you will pay the price. Everything is cause and effect. It’s basic physics.

Here is the cookbook that has led me to being gout attack free for right at 5 years as of this writing.

If you’re tired of suffering, but that damn book, if not, suffer and hang up your search for solutions, because the rest of the “more popular”  methods will keep you in a vicious cycle and trap.

Remember, the solutions below are treating the symptoms of the problem, not the actual problem.

1. Colchicine

At a recommended dose of 0.5mg 2-4 times a day, Colchicine is available in tablet form and works to numb the persistent pain quite synonymous with gout.

This form of medication is to be administered at the start of an attack and therefore diagnosed individuals are allowed to keep their own supply. However, unlike olive oil which is natural and has no side effects, colchicine tablets may cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.

It gets worse. Many have died with just one 0.5 or 0.6 milligram dose of this drug. It’s nothing to be played with.

2. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

This is a form of treatment that is taken orally for the purposes of alleviating the pain associated with gout. Unlike olive oil which suppresses the production of uric acid through the action of Polyphenols, NSAIDs have no effect on the amount of uric acid in the body.

This treatment features a ‘top limit’ beyond which it cannot reduce the amount of pain regardless of any increase in dosage.

On the other hand, olive oil possess the ability to suppress up to a hundred genes that cause inflammation.

3. Corticosteroids

These are anti-inflammatory hormones that are taken orally or injected in to the body. They are known to induce bone thinning and decrease the ability of the body to heal on its own.

Olive oil does just the opposite, not only has it been found to increase bone density, but it also improves the overall immunity of the body.

Dear reader, as is quite evident, Olive oil has the ability to effectively prevent and treat gout even more effectively than popular forms of treatments. The verdict couldn’t be any more obvious.

Attacks of sharp persistent pains crawling into your joints in the wee hours of the night need not be an affliction that you must live with. Furthermore, you do not have to put your health at risk by exposing your body to treatments that have dangerous side-effects.

Olive oil as a remedy provides you with a natural and healthy treatment option that will not only save you from the pain but keep other ailments at bay as well.

Although my praise for olive oil is high, we must keep things in perspective. I was once told to see things as they are, but not worse than they are, but when it comes to gout, in hopes of relief, we need to see things as they are, not better than they are.

You’re not going to fix gout with a silver bullet. It takes a change in lifestyle and eating habits, but not like most push.

You can see how I’ve become gout free mainly through diet and a few supplements, and I believe you can too.

I will release what you’ve been looking for soon, and it’s free (for now anyway).