Kidney Symptoms: Gout is Not Just a Rich Man’s Disease

In bygone days gout was considered a rich man’s disease. When you take a look at the dietary causes, it will be much easier to understand why doctors or healers believed that only rich people got gout. In reality, around ten percent of the world’s population suffers from gout. Men get gout more often than women, and many kidney patients succumb to gout. The reason gout develops is the kidneys inability to filter out the uric acid present in the body. It is thought that the tendency to contract gout may be genetic. The increased uric acid in the blood causes urate crystals to form in the kidneys and the joints.

Transient arthritis is one of the first symptoms of gout. This type of arthritis can move from joint to joint or be present in some joints, but not others. This is why it is considered ‘transient’. The joint discomfort and pain is caused by the urate crystals that accumulate in the kidneys. The increase of the uric acid in the body causes inflammation in the joints, most often the lower extremities, specifically the big toe.

Treatment of gout with conventional pharmaceuticals
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) decrease inflammation and pain in the joints caused by gout. Unfortunately many people suffer side effects from these medications such as abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea and stomach bleeding. The medication can also contribute to other health issues such as kidney and liver damage.

Natural Treatments for Gout
One of the best ways to prevent gout is to drink at least 64 ounces (1800mL) of water daily. You can also consume fresh vegetable juices and antioxidant herbal green tea daily, especially at the first signs of gout. This will keep the urine diluted and will help the kidneys excrete uric acid and prevent crystals forming inside the kidneys. Foods that contain large amounts of potassium assist the kidneys in ridding the body of uric acid. However if you have chronic kidney damage you should talk to your doctor as you may need to limit your potassium consumption and water intake. High fiber diets can be helpful as fiber helps to excrete waste products from the body.

Here is the reason why gout was once considered just a rich man’s disease. The foods that trigger an attack of gout are rich, laden with fats, sugars, starches and were once so expensive that individuals of lower incomes were not able to afford these foods. These are the foods one should avoid in order to keep gout at bay: Fatty Meats, poultry such as goose and duck, seafood, high sugar/starch vegetables like peas, alcohol, caffeine, yeast products, fried foods, dairy products, sweets such as cakes, cookies and pies.

I know that eliminating these types of food from the diet may seem drastic, but in the end your body will be much healthier, and it will certainly help to avoid gout which sometimes causes quite a bit of discomfort, and often extreme acute pain.

Changing the diet is the best prevention and cure for gout. Pineapple, and especially cherry, have proven to be most beneficial for treating gout, so give yourself and your taste buds a treat and eat and drink plenty of fresh pineapple and cherries. What a delicious remedy!

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Kidney Symptoms: Anemia, a Chronic Condition for Those with Kidney Failure

Kidney Symptoms: Anemia, a Chronic Condition for Those with Kidney Failure
A deficiency in hemoglobin inside the red blood cells (anemia) is a characteristic symptom of kidney failure and chronic kidney disease. When this condition occurs, the blood loses the ability to carry oxygen to the cells and to remove carbon dioxide. There are several types of anemia caused by different factors with one thing in common, the decreased ability to allow our bodies to process iron, carry oxygen and remove the deadly carbon dioxide from the blood stream. Anemia can be caused by the kidney’s failure to produce sufficient erythropoietin (EPO) This hormone is produced by the kidneys and increases hemoglobin levels. The function of EPO is to promote the formation of red blood cells inside the bone marrow.

Other Forms of Anemia
Thalassmia minor and Thalassmia major are inherited conditions that are most common in individuals of the Mediterranean descent. The mild Thalassmia causes the production of blood cells that are too small. Usually this form of anemia will not require treatment. Major Thalassmia is the form of anemia that stops the normal production of hemoglobin. Iron builds up in the vital organs of the body and can cause the cardiovascular system to shut down. Individuals afflicted with Thalassmia major become reliant on blood transfusions.

Aplastic Anemia
This is one of the most lethal and rarest types of anemia. The cause of this condition is found in the bone marrow. The marrow fails to produce the red blood cells required to carry oxygen and take away carbon dioxide.  This causes the autoimmune system to send white blood cells to attack the bone marrow. The only treatments at this time that can cure aplastic anemia are transplants or immunosuppressive therapy.

Natural Treatments for Anemia

Bee pollen
Those busy little bees have a secret that may just be the very thing that can help the body process iron and produce enough hemoglobin to maintain good health. This secret is bee pollen.

Bee pollen is full of high amounts of protein, B-complex vitamins and folic acid, which are essential supplements for those with anemia. Bee pollen is thought to improve the level of hemoglobin in the blood.

Diet
There are certain foods that are high in naturally occurring iron. Some of the most well known include red meat, white meat, and fish. However there is an abundance of alternatives that one can eat, especially from the plant family. Here are the best foods to give you your biggest bang for your buck: beetroot and beetroot leaves, molasses, green leafy vegetables, tomato paste, dhal, dried apricots.

Enjoy!

Hydrochloric acid
For people with megaloblastic anemia due to poor iron and supplement absorption, hydrochloric acid is necessary. Hydrochloric acid aids with the absorption of iron from both food sources and supplements. Hydrochloric acid is found naturally in gastric acid.

The herb Gentian has an intense bitter taste, which helps anemia by increasing the production of hydrochloric acid, resulting in enhanced nutritional absorption.

The other herb that is fantastic for both iron deficiency and kidney disease is Nettle Leaf. Drink one to two cups a day of this fabulous herb, as not only is it high in iron, but it is also high in an array of important mineral and vitamins for the body.

These are just a few natural remedies or supplements that are used to treat anemia naturally. Conventional medicine is coming to realize the value of these “folk” remedies that have been used for many centuries by some cultures. Ongoing studies are bringing new treatment methods to light and there is hope that cures will be found for the genetic incidences of anemia too.

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