Got Gout? Magnesium, the lost mineral..

Got Gout?

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting.  I have know several men that have become debilitated at the mercy of having GoutGout is the result of having high levels of uric acid levels.  The kidneys take a real hit, because they excrete most of the uric acid that is produced daily.  Stress also plays a role in this disease, which adds inflammation in the joints and kidneys.  I have heard that it is so very painful.

     Gout is known as the rich mans diet, or the Kings Disease, it is also and a form of arthritis and it usually hits you at your Big Toe.  It can also produce Kidney Stones.

The main causes are being overweight, consuming to much alcohol, sugar, and fatty meats.

Here are some guidelines to help:

1-Eliminate saturated fats, fatty meats, especially certain cuts of pork and steak.

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2-Reduce sugar.  For a guy, no more than 35g per day, us gals, 25g per day.  That is not much sugar!  And this includes what everyone calls “natural sugars”, all sugars are the same.  Check labels on everything.

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3-Reduce alcohol consumption to 1/2.  Especially if you are taking prescription drugs.

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4-Lose weight.  Get active.. just walk, there is no need to run or join the gym.  Grab your dog or significant other and walk.

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Magnesium the Lost Mineral..

The topic of Magnesium started to interest me when I read an article about its effects on treating heart rhythm.  I have been diagnosed with a prolapse of the mitral valve,  and had a heart attack at age 38.  Since that time, I have been approached by clients that ask me questions about numerous issues such as sleep disorders,, nerve and muscle problems.  I discovered that it not only helps all of the above, but it also helps with headaches, and supports our bones.  The metabolic benefits of Magnesium is so broad, that it actually touches every body system.  Survey says,  that we, as a whole,  are majorly deficient in Magnesium.

Here are some signs that you may be deficient:

1-Twitches and tremors.

2-Muscle cramps.

3- Trouble sleeping.

4-Imbalance of blood sugars.

5-Elevated blood pressure.

6-Depression

7-Lack of appetite

The recommended daily intake is 300-400 mg.,  check with you doctor before taking any supplement, especially if you are taking other prescribed drugs.

Foods that naturally contain Magnesium:  Broccoli

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2-Pumpkin seeds, beets, spinach, cucumbers

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3-Buckwheat

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Magnesium is a mineral miracle.  There are different types of magnesium. Magnesium Oxide, which is vital for heartburn or indigestion, muscles and bones.

Magnesium Citrate,  is a laxative and can aid in constipation.  It attracts water into the bowls and the intestine.

As I said before Magnesium is a miracle mineral, and many of us are deficient.

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Forget the plate-Bowl Food, Macrobiotic Diet…the Yin and the Yang

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting.. Bowls are becoming the new plates.. and there are many reasons for this change.  My analysis of this current trend is that we have now found a way to eat delicious foods on the go.  Main courses, soups, salads, and deserts can all be served and eaten in a bowl!  It is  convenient and an easy way to take to work and eat on the go.  I recently have used a “hot insulated cup” to transport my food.  The bottom line is that it is convenient.  Another great benefit is portion control.  When eating on a plate, its difficult to “eyeball” portion controls.

Portion control is what we all struggle with.  It’s very difficult not to go for that second scoop of your favorite food.. don’t lie!  It’s true..

Practicing better dieting habits, portion control,  leads to better nutrition.  We have a bad habit of drinking sodas, sweet teas, energy drinks and alcohol with our meals.  In reality, we should consume liquids 25-30 of water before or after a meal.

Order soup! Now, this can be tricky, but creamy soups are not the number 1 choice.. your choice should be bone broth, miso, beef, chicken, vegetable or fish stocks based.  Rich in vitamins and minerals, they are also a delicious start to a great meal.

Salad in a bowl, chili in a bowl, fruit in a cup or bowl, it is all a great way to measure or portions.

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Eat three times as much vegetables as protein.  I personally need to eat 5 small meals per day, eating lots of vegetables and a protein.   If I go for longer than 4 hours without food, I get a sick feeling in my stomach.

Thank you for visiting, remember “make a memory every day and don’t apologize for who you are!”

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