10 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate

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Foods You Should Not Refrigerate…Ever!

We’re all aware that everything has a place in the kitchen. However, when you’re fresh back from the grocery store or the local market, you’re tired, and it’s easy to forget the best place for storing some items.

Often if one doesn’t know the best place for a food they opt for the fridge because, what could go wrong?

This kind of thinking may not be ruining your food completely, but it is insuring that you aren’t getting the best flavors and textures out of what you buy.

Here are ten foods that shouldn’t go in your refrigerator and better ways in which to save them.

Avocados

Many people grew up trying to ripen avocados in the fridge. Sadly, this won’t get you very far. Cold temperatures slow down the ripening process. While already ripened avocados can be stored in the refrigerator, it’s far better to ripen new ones in a closed brown paper bag.

The gasses that the avocado emit are what ripen it and trapping it in a bag for a few days with these gasses will speed the process. If left on the counter to ripen, it can take up to six days at room temperature.

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To further speed an avocado ripening in a brown paper bag, throw in a banana or two. Bananas emit the same fumes which will speed up ripening by a few days.

Basil

fresh basil leaves

While storing herbs in the refrigerator may seem to make them last longer, they wilt very fast in cold temperatures. Another downside is that they will absorb all of the smells from foods that share the fridge with them.

A better way to store them is in a glass of fresh water just as you would store cut flowers. This not only lengthens their life but also lightly scents your kitchen with its pleasant aroma.

Bread

It’s tempting to throw your bread into the fridge for a few extra days sans mold, but you’re sacrificing quality taste and texture when you do so. Bread dries out remarkably fast in the refrigerator. Instead, only keep out what you’ll use in 3 or 4 days and then freeze the rest.

Coffee

coffee

Everyone knows to store your coffee in the freezer to preserve its taste. But even the freezer is no place for your daily store of coffee to go. While whole beans can safely be stored there for a month (provided the bag is not opened again and again) smaller quantities should be stored in a cool dark place in a sealed airtight container.

When a bag of coffee is removed from the freezer every morning, opened, and then refrozen, it builds up moisture in the bag that spoils the grounds. Instead, store two or three day quantities in the freezer and use them one at a time. Never refreeze an opened bag.

Garlic

Garlic

Garlic will sprout in your fridge (that isn’t appetizing), and they also get rubbery and moldy. Instead store loosely in a cool dark place.

Honey

Bee Honeycomb And Dipper

No reason what so ever to store honey in the refrigerator Honey keeps practically forever so storing honey in the pantry will do just fine. If the honey starts to get grainy or hardens, just submerge closed container in warm water until it returns to it’s original texture.

Hot Sauce

hot sauces

There are a few factors to take into account when deciding where to store hot sauce. First and foremost is ingredient content. Vinegar and chilies are both well known preserving agents, so they extend the life of the bottle pretty far. The safe bet is that an opened bottle of hot sauce can be stored in your pantry for up to three years.

Wash the crust that forms around the bottle cap with warm water regularly as it can harbor bacteria that will spoil the bottle.

Keep in mind that if you’ve been storing a bottle of hot sauce for 2 and a half years it’s going to taste a little different. The chilies have had time to sit making them more potent, and the overall flavor may have degraded slightly.

Onions

You don’t want to keep onions in the refrigerator for 2 main reasons:

  • they will soften
  • they will make your other foods taste and smell like onions

Keeping onions in that mesh bag them come in could be the best way to store them. It gives them plenty of air circulation which they need to stay fresh and keep from rotting. Just keep them away from potatoes that emit fumes that rot onions fast.

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A mesh laundry bag that you can find in almost any goods store is an ideal place to store onions in your pantry.

Potatoes

Potato

The refrigerator affects the flavor and texture of potatoes. It’s a better idea to store them in a paper (not plastic) bag rolled up in a dark corner of the pantry.

Make sure not to use a plastic bag for storage as it can trap moisture and speed the decaying process significantly. Most potato varieties should last about 2 to 3 weeks if stored properly. Stored between 45° and 55°, they can last up to 3 months.

Tomatoes

colorful tomatoes

Many people who grew up storing vegetables in the refrigerator don’t think there’s anything wrong with fridge tomatoes. One bite into a freshly grown tomato would be enough to tell them differently.

Refrigeration is responsible for that mealy texture we associate with grocery store tomatoes in the winter. The fridge slows down the ripening process and damages the cell walls, softening and changes the overall texture of the tomato.

It’s much better to store them at room temperature on the counter. Storing them in a bright place like a window sill can speed the ripening process but only do this if you’ll eat them all in time.

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Store tomatoes stem side down. This means less contact between counter and tomato causing less bruising.

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Does Sugar Cause Acidity & Disease In The Body?

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It is no secret that we are living in an age of dietary excess, especially when it comes to the consumption of sugar. It seems that sugar is in just about everything that we eat whether it be in sodas, candy, cookies, as well as other assorted baked goods.

However, sugar is also lurking in foods that we would not even expect.

Unless you were to obsessively check the food labels for hidden ingredients in everything you eat, how are you to know that sugar hides in the most unlikely of places such as pasta sauce, ketchup, and yogurts? High fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, sucrose, and dextrose are some of the names that hide the sugar in your food.

Even the supposedly healthier options such as honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar can have detrimental effects on your body.

Are you fully aware of how sugar is affecting your body day to day?

How Is Sugar Affecting Us?

Everyone is aware that sugar isn’t healthy for you in large amounts. It causes diabetes, tooth decay, and obesity. While high fructose corn syrup has gotten the brunt of it, food producers are hurriedly trying to find alternatives that the consumers will accept.

What many people don’t know is that there are debilitating and often life-threatening diseases caused by sugar wrecking the body’s pH.

If the way sugar was slowly poisoning our bodies was more common knowledge then many more would change their diets to healthier, less sugar filled ones. The way that sugar is slowly killing so many people is a terrible thing.

How Does Sugar Affect Our Body pH?

While a normal body pH is anywhere between 7.35 and 7.45, falling even a small amount to either side of the spectrum can have severe side effects on the body. Many instances in which a person has to be admitted to the hospital’s critical care unit due to acute or sudden illnesses will either result in or be the outcome of a highly unstable pH acidity.

Fortunately, the body has amazing ways in which it can correct an unbalanced pH and a lengthy stay in the ICU due to pH balance issues is unlikely for the vast majority of people with this problem.

However, while they may not result in a hospital visit, subtle pH fluctuations outside of the normal range can still cause problems. Because the majority of people consume way too much sugar many walk around with a body pH that is far too acidic.

Acidic

  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Soda
  • Pasta
  • Lunch Meat
  • Sugar
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Chicken

Alkaline

  • Grapefruit
  • Almonds
  • Lemons & Limes
  • Avocado
  • Kale
  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets

What Kind of Diseases Can Be Caused By Acidity?

High acidity can be the cause of many different diseases. Some of these include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Obesity
  • Tooth Decay
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout
  • Heartburn/Gastric Reflux
  • Yeast Infections
  • Arthritis

As you can see in the list above, quite a few of the diseases that have a direct relation to the body’s pH balance being too acidic are ones that are known to be caused by a diet that is too high in sugar.

In some cases the body’s process to try and fix the pH imbalance causes these problems, such as when calcium is leeched from the bones and teeth in an effort to fight the acid leading to tooth decay and osteoporosis.

Fatty deposits are another defense mechanism of the body, designed to trap acidic waste products that would otherwise be unable to eliminate, and this process can lead to obesity.

 

What Are Some Ways To Cure An Acidic pH?

Fortunately for all involved there are natural ways to help solve a slight pH imbalance. At the forefront of finding a solution, having an awareness of what you put into your body.

Changing your diet to be no less delicious but to one that contains much less sugar is a very significant step towards correcting imbalances with a strongly acidic pH. By being aware of the amount of sugar in your diet, you can easily decrease the amount of foods that contribute to an acidic pH as they are often one and the same.

Many foods that you wouldn’t normally assume contain sugar actually contain significant amounts of it. Some of these are:

  • spaghetti sauce
  • barbeque sauce
  • vitamin water
  • energy drinks
  • yoghurt
  • ketchup
  • peanut butter

Unless you specifically look for them on the label, you might not even know they’re there! Thankfully, many common sugar substitutes have very little to no effect on the body’s blood sugar levels or glycemic index. This means that their impact on the pH balance is much smaller.

However, it is important to keep in mind that that doesn’t mean that there is no effect at all. They still have an acidic pH and therefore an impact on your pH balance. The best course of action like many other things in life is everything in moderation.

Some sugar substitutes that have little effect on your blood sugar levels are:

  • agave nectar
  • whey-low
  • stevia

There are some other natural ways to lower your acidic pH which include:

  • flushing out excess acid with more water consumption
  • eating more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) foods such as spinach, broccoli, apples, avocados, etc.
  • taking appropriate supplements like magnesium citrate, potassium citrate, or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)

 

So, Now What?

Knowing and being aware of the sugar intake your diet contains and the effect it has on your body is the first step to creating a healthier you. Awareness is what will allow you to create a healthier environment and regime that will support a healthy pH balance.

Your body is in a constant battle striving to maintain that perfect balance of pH.

You can help it by not allowing too many things into your body because your body will then have to wage war against to keep your body within acceptable pH levels.

So now that you are armed with the knowledge of the powerful and long lasting effects that sugar can have on your body, health, and delicate pH balance, what will you do to keep yourself healthier?

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Why Do Cherries Reduce Gout Attack Risk?

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Does Eating Cherries Help Gout Attacks?

You’ve probably heard all of the rumors about cherries reducing the risk of gout attacks. Maybe you’ve even tried it.

It didn’t work for you?

You might have been eating the wrong type of cherries or going about it the wrong way, such as drinking sweetened cherry juice from the grocery store.

A study released that followed 600 gout patients who ate a single 1/2 cup serving of cherries per day or consumed cherry extract had a 35% reduction in the risk of a gout attack. Those in the group who ate more than that per day had an even lower risk of an attack.

Recent studies heavily suggest that sugar consumption, particularly fructose and fruit juice consumption, play a large role in the onset of gout flare-ups and symptoms. But, if you’ve tried cherries in the past and they didn’t seem to help, what kind were you eating?

Tart Cherries Are The Way

Sweet cherries don’t work for gout like tart cherries do. Tart cherries are lower in sugar than sweet cherries and also contain more of the beneficial compounds, such as anthocyanins.

Sweet cherry varieties are those such as Bing, Rainier, and Lambert; they are mainly grown in Washington state within the US. Tart cherries are Montmorency, and Balaton and those are produced primarily in Michigan.

The Fructose – Uric Acid Link

If you want to know the big deal about fructose, I’ll tell you: fructose is the only type of sugar that will spike your uric acid. It can create uric acid within minutes of you ingesting it; this is why sodas tend to be so bad. They are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Having any of the conditions that can be associated with high sugar consumption, such as diabetes and obesity, are also associated with increased risk of gout.

A uric acid test can be used to test for fructose toxicity.

Past studies have seen that after not eating anything overnight, two servings of cherries lead to a 15% reduction in uric acid. Drinking tart cherry juice for a few weeks can also lower the levels of uric acid in your body and help prevent attacks.

Don’t Overdo It

Whatever you do, don’t get complacent about eating cherries. In this case, more is not better. While the tart cherries do contain less sugar than the sweet cherries, you still can’t eat a bucket of them a day. You’ll do more harm eating them in that quantity than you will do any good.

Drink Water

One of the very best things you can do for your body in general is drink plenty of water every day. Doing that keeps your body busy flushing out uric acid. If possible, drinking filtered water is best.

Limit Fructose In The Diet

If you want to get a handle on your gout, limit your fructose. That means having to limit any foods that contain fructose, including high fructose corn syrup, which are found in everything from breads to frozen goods.

Cherries can be beneficial in reducing the amount of uric acid in your body, but they can be bad if improperly used. Be careful!

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7 Foods To Avoid If You Have Gout

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Let’s face it. You’ve been through all of the diet plans for gout already and they all say pretty much the same thing, other than a few squabbles over whether spinach is good, beans are good, etc. The only thing they all seem to have in common is that you should avoid meat. But, the problem is that there have been many, many people who have gone almost completely vegetarian and still have outbreaks!

What could be causing this?

You’ve heard all the buzz words: uric acid, purines, meat, beef, pork, seafood and you’ve been advised to avoid everything on that list. Gout is typically caused by diet, but can be caused by medical conditions or sometimes even medication used to treat other diseases. If you believe yours is diet-based and you’ve tried all of the standard advice, try avoiding these foods instead. Hopefully by the end of the list, you’ll understand why these foods should be avoided.

Rice

Bowl Of Rice

Rice is extremely high in carbohydrates, up to 45g per cup cooked. Rice is a great staple to have around, but not something you should be consuming a ton of every day.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Some articles have listed soda and drinks such as sweetened iced tea as potential culprits when it comes to gout, but let’s be a little more specific. Too much sugar by itself is bad enough, but HFCS is particularly bad for gout sufferers. The problem with HFCS is that there are different types that manufacturers use in their prepared food products, some with as much as 90% fructose to 10% glucose. Normal table sugar ranges around 50% fructose and 50% glucose.

Large amounts of fructose has been linked to gout attacks, so HFCS may be a higher risk factor in your diet than normal sugar. The problem is that manufacturers don’t list what formulation of HFCS they’re using in their products, so you don’t know if you’re getting HFCS 90, HFCS 55, or HFCS 42.

Potatoes

Potato

Again, another cheap food that turns straight to sugar when digested. A single medium sized baked potato is about 30g of carbohydrates. French fries are even worse and it doesn’t matter if you make them at home or get them from McDonald’s. They are the enemy.

Corn

Corn is another grain that should be avoided as much as possible. A medium sized tortilla of about 6” in diameter yields about 15g of carbohydrates. But, a single cup of yellow corn yields a whopping 123g, making it the highest producer of carbs on this list! All of this turns to sugar!

Bread

1 slice of white bread yields 15g of carbohydrates. This is sad for anyone who loves to eat sandwiches… but here’s another kicker: almost all of the cheap sandwich bread that you can purchase also contains HFCS! If you really like your sandwiches, avoid breads that contain HFCS. In fact, do whatever you can to avoid HFCS in general and you’ll be better off.

Beer

While alcohol in general is bad for gout because it causes your kidneys to excrete the alcohol instead of the uric acid, beer is a double whammy because it is also high in purines. Add to this that it is also a product produced from grains and you can count on about 13g of carbohydrates per can.

And… wait for it…

Fruits

Yes, fruits. This includes fruit juices, especially the store-bought kind, because they’re loaded with added sugar.

What? I Can’t Avoid All Of These! I’ll Die!

You’re right; you can’t avoid all of these. Well, maybe except the HFCS, you can probably avoid that if you’re willing to give up processed foods completely… but that’s for a different post!

What you CAN do is regulate how many carbohydrates you are allowed on a daily basis and stay away from the major players. Almost anything with a high glycemic index should be strictly limited. My husband limits his carbs to about 100g per day; his restrictions include everything on this list and everything else grain-based, such as pasta. There is a good reason that major health websites list diabetes as a risk factor for gout; you’re much more likely to have gout if you have diabetes!

So, in conclusion, if you’ve tried all of the other standard diets, try limiting carbs and sugars instead and see if that makes a difference.

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Side Effects of Inversion Therapy

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The Dangers of Inversion Therapy

Inversion therapy is a form of traction that has plenty of supporting evidence, suggesting reduced back pain and lower stress levels can be attained by many. There are several products on the market used for inversion, or changing the your body position to an inverted one.

Inversion tables, boots and chairs account for the majority of the products. There are some issues with this therapy, but when compared to the benefits of inversion, they seem small.

The act of inversion can cause problems in certain individuals with health issues and we will cover the negatives now. Remember… always consult your doctor before starting inversion therapy, even if you have none of the following issues.

Heart & Circulatory Side Effects of Inversion

The inverted position can affect individuals with heart disease, hypertension, and can affect the heart rate if in the inverted position too long. If you have any of the following conditions, you should consult with your doctor before beginning inversion therapy regardless of the apparatus used.

If you have any of the below problems, never use inversion without first consulting with your doctor because it could be a fatal mistake.

1.Hypertension
2.Taking anti-coagulants
3.Low heart rate

Eye Related Side Effects

Glaucoma and Pink Eye are two problems that prohibit inversion therapy in most cases. The inverted or upside down position causes blood to flow to the head, causing an increase in blood pressure, therefore causing additional pressure on the eyes. Blindness is one of the end results of starting inversion therapy without consulting your doctor.

Hernia Problems With Inversion Therapy

Hiatal and ventral hernias are on the do not invert list because of the possible complications associated with them in relation to inversion therapy.

Hiatal hernias are a potentially serious problem because inversion places the diaphragm in a compromised situation with the weight of the stomach and other organs pressing on the diaphragm and is considered a contraindication for this specific therapy.

Bone & Joint Problems

When you use inversion, gravity is using the weight of your body to stretch, including your joints, bones, cartilage, tendons and other supporting framework for the body. For individuals with bone problems, this could cause fractures for people with implants in the knees, ankles, hips and other critical skeletal areas within the body.

There are inversion chairs that help alleviate most of the stresses of full inversion, these are ideal for people with joint and bone issues. The elderly and individuals are specifically prone to these conditions with various forms of Arthritis. If you have, or suspect you have any of these conditions, consult your doctor before beginning inversion therapy.

Disorientation Problems From Inversion

Vertigo, inner ear infections and other issues that cause disorientation in individuals is not fun to deal with, and starting an inversion regime without consent from your doctor could increase the effects, or cause other health problems. Check with your doctor before moving forward if you are considering an inversion table, chair or boots.

Side effect of Inversion While Pregnant

A physician’s approval is an absolute when considering inversion while in pregnancy. the stage of development of the baby and overall health of the mother to be are critical factors when crossing inversion and babies and a mother that is Pregnant.

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How I Cured My Gout Naturally Without Drugs

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How I Cured My Gout Naturally

For over two years I thought that gout was destroying my life. I had to sleep in our Lovesac for over 6 months because my knee was swollen and I could not straighten it fully or bend it more than 10 to 15 degrees.

It didn’t just affect me; it caused a major workload on my wife, as she attempted to cure or at least alleviate the pain and crippling effects it was having. Not only did she have to take care of me, she carried the load of our small home based business while I suffered the excruciating and debilitating symptoms of gout.

We did a lot of research. We tried everything, but nothing would stop the flareups. We tried many different diets… all to no avail.

Can Gout Be Cured Naturally?

I am a free spirit and refuse to be imprisoned by medications if there is a way to cure gout…forever. While most are seeking natural cures for gout symptoms, I was looking for the ultimate solution, or an absolute cure.

I did not want to carry this with me forever. I detested the idea of accepting the many and not so absolute natural remedies for gout that most are shouting ftom the roof-tops. I wanted it gone, never to rear it’s ugly face in my life again.

Here is the process I followed that led me to the cure I was searching for.

Tried Vegetarian Diet To Cure Gout… Failed

Fruits And Vegetables make up a large portion of the vegetarian diet.

I converted to vegetarian (and almost vegan), dropping meats completely and did this in combination with taking NSAIDS and other things prescribed by our doctor, including steroids. The steroids would stop an attack in its tracks, but no sooner than it was over, the flareups would begin again.

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Prescription Gout Meds Didn’t Work, Either

The problem for us as gout suffers is that if you stop taking the dangerous medicines to control your gout, you fall right back into brutal outbreaks. That wasn’t what I was seeking. I wanted to fix the problems, not simply cover the symptoms. This is a major problem with today’s medical professions and science.

It isn’t in the best interest of major pharmaceutical companies, scientists, and the established healthcare system for something like gout to have a cure. If you have to take medications each day to prevent horrendous pain and suffering, you are a slave to big business and they only work on the symptoms.

Can you name one drug that cures a disease? Antibiotics are the closest we have to that and it isn’t a disease or syndrome that is cured; bacteria is killed, nothing more. Vaccines are preventive, not a cure.

This does not mean I am against them in any way, there is a place for them. But, we need to be seeking cures to disease, not just managing symptoms.

The Baking Soda Gout ‘Cure’?

Early in my research I ran across a site where a fellow sufferer had made a difference with baking soda, adding a quarter teaspoon to a glass of water 2 to 4 times a day. I have to admit that it did help, but this process is possibly what put me on blood pressure medication… not good.

Don’t take this as stating you should not try it; it may work for you. Go check it out for yourself.

Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Gout… A Little

Apple Cider Vinegar

Then, I read about apple cider vinegar with mother and tried that. It worked some, taking away the ache of other joints. You know, that achy feeling in your whole body during a flareup or on rainy days?

So, if you have those days, apple cider vinegar with mother could help. You can order it on Amazon if you live in a rural area like me, but if you are in a major metro or more densely populated area, you should be able to find it at a local grocery or health food store.

Make sure you get raw apple cider vinegar with mother. Place 2 tablespoons in a glass of water, drink it, and within an hour, you should feel better.

I highly recommend it for people with various forms of arthritis. It simply works to some degree, but did not work to stop my gout flareups or eliminate them.

Juicing For Gout Relief… Failed, But My Fault

I tried juicing after asking my doctor; he thought it was a great idea and suspected it may do the trick. I also bought a month’s supply of alkaline water and drank 3 to 6 glasses daily to raise my blood PH because of research. I had my blood tested and my PH was the same as it was all 3 months. It never raised or lowered.

Now, I believe juicing could have been the cure for me, but one aspect of it prevented my success and that was my own ignorance and lack of critical thinking.

Lots of fruits and vegetables have something that does not help much, but we will address that later in the information, so keep reading. Help is right around the corner.

Gout Conversations With My Doctor

After 3 months of that not working I asked my doctor about PH and if these things online suggesting that you could affect your blood PH were true. He bluntly stated that they were not, so I asked if purine buildup in the blood was related to consumption of meat and other proteins. Then, he made the statement I had been seeking which lead to a variety of new questions from me.

When I asked my doctor about alkaline diets, even discussing the vegetarian diet mentioned earlier, he stated that we all should eat more green vegetables and cut down on our sugar intake. He actually told me to get a book on the Mediterranean diet, which I did end up using, but I was still missing something because nothing changed with my gout.

The most comprehensive page I have yet to see on gout is I Cured My Gout. Located on a Google Sites page, it is a long, excellent article on almost everything you can imagine about gout and while it’s a good read, it’s also severely outdated. I tried a lot of experiments to learn what was triggering my gout attacks, but the only part I found useful was on immediate treatments for gout. The rest of the information did help some, but it was more recent studies that helped me the most and now we can get to the root of the problem.

Could Sugar Cause Gout?

Sugar Consumption

So, what do I now believe was causing it? Sugar/fructose! Now, before you call me crazy, let me explain my beliefs and evidence.

When you eat sugar, your blood sugar spikes and builds up insulin resistance; this is what causes diabetes according to science. This affects the liver and many other functions within the body, effectively breaking much of the body’s ability to self regulate. You can learn more about it here.

Even my doctor stated that HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is “of the devil” and that it causes untold havoc on the human body. For the sake of time, you should visit this link, which explains the tests, studies, and evidence that gout is indeed caused by the intake of fructose, glucose and other sugar related factors.

It’s striking that the increase in sugar consumption in the US over the last century matches the increase in gout and many other disease and makes the body acidic.

Now, you also have to take in account carbohydrates, which metabolize into sugar. Since making this discovery, I have limited my carbs to about 75 to 125 grams per day.

Breads, root crops like carrots and potatoes, pasta, and any other carbs need to be managed closely. The good news is that I can now eat meats, tuna, eggs and other high protein foods that are low or absent carbs. This was great for me since I love beef, fowl, and pork. Seafood is something I do once a month, so I am not sure how that affects me, and I never become a glutton with seafood.

I even compiled a list of 7 foods to avoid if you have gout. I am sure that if avoided, you will see massive improvements, if not elimination of your gout.

I am not a doctor, but I am a gout sufferer and cutting down sugar, fructose, glucose and any form of sugar to under 25 to 35 grams a day and carbs under 125 grams a day has almost eliminated my gout outbreaks that were a constant in my life for over almost 3 long years. I no longer keep Rx drugs in the house because I can use ibuprofen (OTC) 800 mg, 4 times a day and naproxen sodium (OTC) 500 mg, 2 times a day, or other NSAIDs at the first tinge of pain and stop it in its tracks.

You may have to adjust these numbers to fit your situation, but doing this has made a huge difference in my life. Chances are that if you do follow this program, you may lose a lot of weight.I have lost almost 60 pounds and most of the time, the attacks never get past the very beginning, and even that is rare now.

I have been over a year now without an outbreak, without swelling and crippling effects of gout.

Final Thoughts on Gout & Its True Cause

Remember when I said that juicing could have been my cure? I was juicing carrots, apples, oranges, and other fruits and vegetables that had a high content of sugars in their natural forms, but was getting concentrated quantities because of the nature of juicing. I believe this is what was causing my gout flareups during that time

I remember being extremely frustrated, because it increased the swelling and pain of my already severe gout attacks. What was worse is the fact that I spent hundreds of dollars on a juicer, in fact, two of them, that only ended up magnifying my misery.

Even though the sugar and carbs worked for me and the other things worked on a limited basis or not at all, I believe it is overall diet and getting your weight back to a healthy level while eliminating as much sugar and processed and packaged foods as possible, and a lot is possible when you are experiencing the pain associated with gout.

If I had not developed poor eating habits due to the typical modern diet of convenience, I probably would never have developed gout in the first place.

I am 5′ 9″ and weighed 230 lbs, and now, I am still short for a male, but I weigh 170 lbs and have my diet to a sensible plan and now I don’t have the attacks like before. I eat a lot of meats, like chicken, beef, and pork and lots of steamed green vegetables while limiting my carb and sugar intake.

If you need to lose weight, you may want to watch this video and pay serious attention to what he teaches, because this has helped me make awesome changes in my life as a whole. It helped me to change the way I viewed food in my life, along with dozens of other self destructive/sabotaging beliefs.

I drink lots of water and still drink a glass, maybe two glasses, of sweet tea daily and keep an organic diet as much as possible. I try to stay away from boxed foods like macaroni and cheese and most pasta and grains. I also avoid fast food like a rat avoids a snake.

I read a story about a lady that suffered from a plethora of health issues about a year ago and she decided not to eat anything that could not be purchased in 1950. She claimed her health took a complete 180 degree turn for the better. I am noticing the same trend in my life.

My grandfather ate 3 eggs and bacon for breakfast each day of his life and never once had health issues and other older people I know personally do the same. They still eat real food, not the junk poisons in today’s society.

I will be sharing more of my thoughts and research into this food subject over the coming months, so come back and visit; there is a lot more to come as I push and study to get back into optimum health.

If you have tried everything others state helped them with gout without results, cut down on sugars and carbs and watch the difference in your gout over the next two weeks. I believe it will make a believer out of you too.

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