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Archive for December, 2007

Natural Indigestion Treatment For Acid Reflux Sufferers

Posted in Health & Fitness on December 22nd, 2007

Prescription medications can work well for acid reflux, but they are not for everyone, either due to side effects, cost or because of a reluctance to take medications long term. While modifying your diet and adapting your sleeping position can be very helpful steps in keeping this condition under control, there are times when they might not be enough. When that is the case, some turn to natural forms of indigestion treatment to see if they can help keep acid reflux symptoms and pain at bay.

One of the best natural types of indigestion treatments is a modification of lifestyle. If you are overweight, losing just ten percent of your body weight can help. Many acid reflux sufferers report a significant improvement and even elimination of symptoms simply by losing excess weight. It is thought that being overweight places pressure on the stomach, especially when lying down, which forces the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (the muscle at the top of the stomach) open, allowing acid and stomach contents to easily reflux into the esophagus.

Smoking is another lifestyle factor that can actively encourage acid reflux symptoms. Smoking relaxes the LES and slows down digestion speed, meaning that food sits in the stomach for longer, promoting the likelihood of acid reflux to occur.

A third lifestyle factor is alcohol consumption. Alcohol is bad for acid reflux for a number of reasons. It relaxes the LES, encourages stomach acid production and can lead to indigestion. If you’re suffering with acid reflux it is best to avoid all alcohol, especially the carbonated drinks. However, if you do want to have a drink keep the quantity small and make sure you have plenty of water alongside it.

Modifying diet was mentioned at the beginning of this article as being a beneficial way of controlling acid reflux. Along with what you eat, it is just as important to be aware of when you eat and in what quantities. Eating smaller meals more often throughout the day is the best approach. The traditional large 3 meals a day we’re all used to is not good for acid reflux sufferers. Large meals place the stomach under stress and will often trigger symptoms to flare. Also, be aware of when you eat and try to make the last meal of the day 3 hours before your retire to bed at night so foods have been digested and moved out of the stomach.

For some people a natural indigestion treatment that works well is probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that are naturally present in your stomach that aid digestion. Should these get out of kilter, you can have problems with digestion. Probiotics are available in food or supplement form that helps aid digestion and keep your system moving. Having sufficient quantities of probiotics can cut down on the amount of acid your stomach has to make, lessening your chance of developing problems with indigestion and acid reflux. As an added benefit, Probiotics also help boost your immune system too.

Other natural indigestion remedies can be found in the home. Ginger has long been used as a digestive aid and to reduce nausea. Ginger can be taken as tea, either using tea bags or steeping shavings of fresh, peeled ginger root You can also find it in capsule form or as a syrup. Ginger seems to absorb or neutralize acid in your stomach, and also has a calming affect.

Should you wish to try any type of natural indigestion treatment, it is advisable to consult with your doctor to be sure they are safe and that they will not adversely react with any type of medication you may be taking.

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Is It Gout or Pseudo Gout?

Posted in Health & Fitness on December 8th, 2007

You’re certain you have gout, but are you really sure that is the correct assumption? You may not have heard of pseudo gout, but it might just be the root cause of your problem. Unlike gout, pseudo gout effects people across a broad range of ages and is also more common in both sexes when compared to gout. If left untreated, both gout and pseudo gout can have long term effects that lead to disability and a lot of pain. You should know the difference between the two so you know what treatments and lifestyle changes you should make in your particular situation.

Gout is caused by having excess levels uric acid in the blood that the body struggles to process. As a result the uric acid is deposited as crystals in the joints, most commonly the big toe joint, but it can affect any joint within the body. If gout is left untreated, the pain and swelling can become more frequent and over time damage can be done to the joints.

Pseudo gout, on the other hand, can occur in any joint at any time. This condition is not the result of uric acid crystals like gout, but comes from a build up of crystals that are formed from calcium pyrophosphate. The most common areas affected by this condition are the wrists, elbows, shoulders, and the knees, though not exclusively.

The cause of gout is partially hereditary and is also due to the body’s inability to remove excess uric acid. This can happen due to liver damage brought on by heavy drinking or a large variety of other problems.

Genetics can also play a role in pseudo gout, and the calcium pyrophosphate crystals formed will cause the same type of pain as gout, and can lead to a lot of cartilage damage within the affected joints. For the most part, it is not known why these crystals develop, but they do happen more frequently with age. Some suggest conditions such as hypothyroidism, an overactive thyroid gland, low magnesium levels, and high calcium levels in one’s blood may be partially to blame.

Gout is generally a condition that strikes men who have passed their fortieth birthday, with women becoming more at risk once they reach the menopause. One of the biggest indicators that you may be at risk of developing gout is if it runs in your family.

With pseudo gout, heredity may play a role, but both men and women are susceptible as they age. As many as 50 percent of people in their 90s may have this condition with only two or three percent of people fifties or sixties being affected.

While these two conditions have very different causes, and the reasons why some get pseudo gout are largely unknown, treatment options are somewhat similar. You don’t have to worry about purines in foods when it comes to pseudo gout, but you do have many of the same other options when it comes to treatments. NSAIDs are recommended for those who can safely take it to help with pain and swelling, and a shot of cortisone for especially bad attacks may help. You can lower uric acid levels by watching what you eat in regards to gout by avoiding purine-rich foods, but information on lowering the amount of or dissolving the crystals in regards to pseudo gout is not something that is possible or known at this time.

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Stop Your Gout Attack In Its Tracks

Posted in Health & Fitness on December 1st, 2007

When a gout attack strikes it’s usually excruciatingly painful, leaving most sufferers willing to do almost anything to make the pain go away. Because for some people, even when they do their best to eat the right diet, and take all of the other precautions that are suggested by medical professionals, an attack can occur. There are a few things you can do right away to stop your gout attack from getting worse, and you may even be able to lessen the pain and shorten the length of the attack. It all depends on what you do when it happens.

The best time to start fighting a gout attack is when you first notice the warning signs that one may be about to flare. You may not be able to put a stop to it completely, but there are some steps you can take to ease the pain and reduce the duration.

One natural remedy that many sufferers rely on when they feel a gout attack coming is to take celery seed as a supplement. This option should be discussed with your doctor, but taking the recommended amounts can help lessen the severity of your attack. Not only that, it can also help reduce the inflammation of the joints and can calm and soothe muscles that may cramp.

Another suggested natural remedy that can reduce your gout attack is to eat a lot of cherries. There are a number of suggested amounts, but eating a large handful of fresh cherries or drinking cherry juice when you feel that a gout attack is imminent can help cut the severity of your attack in half and lessen your pain. Some suggest eating a half a pound of them a day and others recommend a pound or more. That’s a lot of cherries to eat, and will be hard if you don’t like them, but you can think of them as a natural way to fight your attack. You can try cherry juice as a substitute, but make sure it is 100% real cherry juice. Some people with bad attacks have eaten or drunk the equivalent of two pounds when they fear an attack is near. Just be aware that too much fruit can play havoc with your digestion system, especially if you’re not used to the large quantities.

If these natural remedies don’t work or your wish to take a two-pronged approach, you can fight the pain and inflammation associated with a gout attack by taking a high dose of an anti inflammatory medication otherwise known as NSAID. These can be taken up to four times a day, but bear in mind that this may not be work for everyone. When you want to take this approach, talk with your doctor about the amount you should take, when you should take it, and how often. While NSAID’s can help with inflammation and pain, you do want to be sure you are not taking too much or that you are simply not taking enough.

Along with those three things that may help you stop a gout attack, or at least lessen the duration of such an attack, you should also try to rest the joint and take it easy if you feel an attack coming. If possible, try and keep the affected area elevated and use heat and ice to help with the inflammation if needed. Stay off your feet if at all possible, and stick to low purine foods so an not to increase your uric acid levels further. If pain is utterly unbearable and nothing seems to help, call your doctor immediately for more suggestions.

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