Gout Attack – Cherry juice as a Natural Treatment to Halt Pain

Gout sufferers who want to avoid drugs have known for years that drinking large quantities of tart cherry juice can relieve the pain and inflammation of a gout attack in a few days. In fact one report found that this simple natural health remedy may relieve pain better than aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs that can cause ulceration and bleeding of the lining of the digestive system.

Sufferers find that drinking 2 or 3 pints of concentrated cherry juice or eating half a pound of fresh or canned cherries a day can relieve a gout attack in a few days. But as too much fruit consumption or the use of fructose is thought to aggravate some types of gout it may be better to use cherry extract capsules.

Gout is a type of arthritis and is caused by an excess of uric acid crystals that accumulate in the tissues around the joints resulting in extremely painful inflammation. People with gout usually either over produce uric acid or their kidneys don’t excrete it well.

In fact diuretic drugs and low dose aspirin can cause gout as they cause reduced excretion of uric acid. Cherries or their juice work by lowering uric acid levels and the anthocyanins, pigments which are responsible for their color, reduce inflammation.

Uric acid results from the breakdown of purine a substance which is found in the cells of plants and animals. Certain foods are high in purines and these food are best avoided if you have gout. They are: organ meats such as sweetbreads, liver, heart and kidneys; game meats, shellfish, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring, yeast and meat extracts.

Gout may be helped by a number of dietary changes:

Alcohol increases uric acid production and reduces its excretion by the kidneys so explains why drinking alcohol is associated with causing gout attacks. If you are prone to gout avoiding alcohol is all that you may need to do to prevent attacks.

Overweight and a diet high in fat and refined carbohydrate are known to contribute to gout so reducing weight with a high fiber, low-fat, and complex carbohydrate diet will help. Protein should be adequate but not excessive keeping it low in purines.

Adequate fluid intake helps with the excretion of uric acid by the kidneys.

Nutritional factors:

  • Lead toxicity interferes with the ability of the kidneys to eliminate uric acid and leads to a type of gout. Plumbers who handle lead in their work can absorb lead which is toxic to the body. The use of a chelating lead agent such as liquid zeolite can help reduce lead levels.
  • Doses of Vitamin C up to 4 grams a day can reduce uric acid levels.
  • Quercetin 150–250 mg three times per day may inhibit the enzyme xanthine oxidase which controls the metabolism of uric acid in the same way that gout drugs do.
  • EPA a fatty acid found in Omega 3 fish oils has an anti-inflammatory action. Take at least 3 grams a day. More may be needed to reduce pain. Make sure you get a make that is guaranteed free from pollutants.
  • Taking 1000mg capsule of the natural health remedy cherry extract is the equivalent of eating half a pound of cherries or about 16 oz of juice. In an acute attack you can take 2000mg 3 times a day.

Lisa McDowell was so frustrated by the painful symptoms of gout that were taking over her husbands life that she spent months researching the condition. Now, many years later, she is considered to be the leading expert in the natural treatment of gout. You can discover the all natural method of preventing and treating attacks in her ebook Cure Gout Now .


Magnesium Gel Magic – A Natural Health Remedy to Boost Energy & Health

I recently had the chance to try Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus. It’s an amazing product that contains a concentrated, ultra pure form of magnesium chloride that increases your magnesium levels through your skin. But before I share my experience with the Natural Health Remedy Magnesium Gel let’s have a look at why this mineral is so important.

The mineral magnesium is needed for over 300 hundred different reactions in the body and is one of the most common deficiencies in the Western world. I can vouch for the fact that it is notoriously hard to increase magnesium levels in the cells with oral magnesium supplements. So, I was excited to learn that the Ancient Minerals range of Magnesium products offers a completely new way of boosting magnesium levels.

Many health problems associated with magnesium deficiency

Low levels of magnesium have been associated with a long list of health problems – heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic fatigue, general lack of energy, fibromyalgia, premenstrual syndrome, asthma, tight or twitching muscles, restless legs, chronic pain, back ache, constipation, migraine, osteoporosis, irritability and insomnia.

As magnesium is involved in the production of energy in every cell of the body there is no organ or system that is not affected by a deficiency. Lack of magnesium has a huge impact on the ability of the dells to detoxify and cleanse themselves. It helps protect you against the the toxic metals aluminum, mercury lead and cadmium.

The standard Western diet of processed foods high in sugar, salt and fat contributes to and worsens magnesium deficiency. And taking calcium tablets without magnesium can interfere with its absorption.

Magnesium absorption through the skin.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus contains magnesium chloride one of the best absorbed forms of the mineral. One problem with taking magnesium supplements orally is that many things affect its absorption and most forms of magnesium in supplements have a laxative effect on the bowel so taking large doses will result in diarrhea.

Magnesium oil and Gel offers a completely new way to deliver magnesium through the skin straight into the blood that completely bypasses these problems. It is one of the greatest discoveries in Natural Health treatment for a whole range of health problems. Not only is it well absorbed into the blood but it increases the magnesium levels within the cells where 99% of the body’s magnesium is found.

I only use natural and toxin free product on my skin so I was pleased to see that the magnesium chloride is the purest in the world and obtained from the unpolluted Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Europe. Magnesium Gel Plus also contains organic biologically-active Aloe Vera extract which has anti-inflammatory and skin healing effects.

Magnesium Gel cures my muscle stiffness

The gel has a silken consistency and I found it ideal to massage into the skin. I have had some stiffness in the muscles around my hips (probably as a result of too much sitting at my computer!) so I decided to massage the gel into my hip muscles and legs every morning. After a few days I noticed they were much less stiff and after using it every day for 4 weeks the stiffness and also the soreness I had in the muscle on the outside of my shin has completely gone.

Magnesium Chloride increases intracellular magnesium

One study on the use of transdermal magnesium chloride showed that 12 people out of 16 with low magnesium levels had substantial increases in their intracellular magnesium levels. Many doctors only measure the magnesium in blood serum but this does not give any information about the levels inside the cells where the magnesium functions. It is important to get a test (usually a red blood cell magnesium test) that measures the levels inside the cells if you want to check your levels.

By restoring the levels of magnesium in your cells through transdermal Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel you can improve many chronic health problems caused by deficiency. Your energy and mood can improve, your bones can become strong, your muscles can relax, your sleep can be better and any skin problems can vanish. To find out more about this amazing range of products visit http://www.ancient-minerals.com.


Acne Cures: Is there a Natural Remedy for Acne that Works?

More than 90% of all adolescents and almost 25% of all adults suffer from acne. Many are asking if they are sentenced to the ritual of tackling the symptoms or is there a natural health remedy that will cure acne. Is there a natural safer alternative to the endless use of creams and lotions and the side effects of drug treatments?

Most dermatologists claim that acne cannot be cured. They specialize in treating the symptoms but have no idea how to cure the internal cause of acne. By applying medications and creams that deal merely with the symptoms while ignoring the source or the internal cause of the disease, acne will never be truly cured.

The hormone connection.

The surge of hormones at puberty causes a change in the activity and size of the glands that produce sebum. Excess sebum causes the bacteria that normally inhabit the hair follicles to multiply and irritate the follicle lining leading to an inflammatory reaction. This results in the formation of pustules and cysts commonly known as ‘zits’ or pimples. Non-inflammatory acne appears as whiteheads or blackheads. Acne sufferers are understandably desperate for a natural acne cure.

The hormone testosterone that is normally thought of as a male hormone but is present in both sexes has been identified as a chief trigger of acne development. It is testosterone that stimulates the activity of the oil glands creating an oilier skin more prone to acne breakouts.

Women can get acne that flares up just before their period is due. Studies have confirmed that acne inflammation can increase 25% between day 22 and 28 of the monthly cycle. A sharp drop in estrogen and rise in testosterone occurs during ovulation, menstruation, pregnancy, just before and during the menopause.

The reason why some men continue to get acne in adult life is unclear but a continued hormonal imbalance, stress, genetics, certain medications and heavy perspiration are thought to contribute. At one time it was thought that chocolate and fried food was the cause but researchers have proven that this is not true although nutritionally they are foods that are best avoided.

Ultimately, every disease results from a breakdown within your body. All major diseases and chronic conditions are warning signs of something very fundamentally wrong inside. Without eliminating the source of your acne condition, you will never get rid of your acne. Without fixing the internal problem that is causing your acne, you may find temporary relief, but your acne will always come back.

Good nutrition helps to balance hormones. A vitamin A deficiency contributes to congestion of the skin and a zinc deficiency leads to a reduced ability to fight infection of the pores. A diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables avoiding sugar, fried and high fat foods is essential. Drink 6 – 8 glasses of filtered water every day.

Now, there are two choices you can make – you can:

1.Ignore the warning signs. – big mistake! The internal imbalance that caused your acne will, in most cases, turn into a chronic condition. Now instead of just having acne you’ll start having other hormonal imbalance or toxic overload related symptoms in addition to acne. Because the internal problem is not fixed, the disease symptoms get more and more intense.

2. Listen to your body and start fixing the internal problem that causes your acne to appear in the first place; you will not only get rid of your acne you will also achieve beautiful, healthy, even toned clear skin complexion, re-balance your body and prevent future hormonal or toxic overload related conditions.

We now live a ‘far-from-natural’ lifestyle. There are over 300 synthetic industrial chemicals present in our bodies that did not exist 50 years ago. We are filled with toxins from the food, and medication we ingest and use.

The Natural Health Remedy to Cure Acne

The natural health remedy that will cure acne is one that fixes the internal condition that causes your acne. The remedy will include a healthy diet, lifestyle, detox and hormone balancing. Your acne will cease to exist and you feel as healthy and attractive as ever!

It doesn’t matter what type of acne you have. Whether you suffer from: acne vulgaris, acne Conglobata, acne Rosacea, Acne Fulminans, Blackheads, Whiteheads, Papules, Pustules, Nodules or Cysts: The principles required to cure your acne are basically the same.

The natural “holistic” ways of treating people have been around for thousands of years, and they absolutely work whether you have teen or adult acne; whether you suffer from acne on your back, shoulders or chest or if you suffer from female related acne such as menopause acne or acne due to monthly cycles.

Mike Walden is a certified nutritionist, independent medical researcher, natural health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, “Acne No More- Open The Door To An Acne Free Life.” Mike has written dozens of holistic health articles and has been featured in e-zines and print magazines, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide. For information on Mike’s Holistic Clear Skin program, visit: Acne No More