Food Allergies, Gall Bladder Disorders and Gout
Scientists estimate that 60 percent of the US population suffers from food allergies. There are many different foods to which people are allergic, with the eight most common being eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shell fish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. Some reactions occur within three hours of eating the offending food, while others may not occur for several days. There are also a large variety of reactions that can occur. They can range from mild to life threatening.
A doctor can help you determine the foods to which you are allergic. Although you may find that you crave these foods, you must eliminate the allergy-creating items from your diet. Then, begin supplementation with the nutrients.
Gall Bladder Disorders
The gall bladder is a small pear-shaped sac, located under the liver, that acts as a reservoir by storing bile made by the liver. This bile is then released by the gall bladder as needed, and used in the digestion of fats.
Although the gall bladder is not essential to life, it can be the site of much dysfunction and distress. Gallstones can form within the gall bladder, potentially obstructing the ducts, and causing pain and other symptoms as they pass. Inflammation of the gall bladder, called cholecystitis, can also occur. This condition – which can cause fever, nausea, and vomiting – must be treated immediately, as it can be life-threatening.
If gallstones or cholecystitis is suspected, a doctor should be contacted immediately. Once the problem has been professionally treated, the following supplements will allow you to maintain gallbladder health.
Supplements to treat gall bladder disorders
The following nutrients can both treat your gall bladder disorder and maintain your gall bladder’s health. You should take 500 milligrams of taurine twice a day. Then, consume the following herbs. These herbs can be used to make excellent bitters – alcohol in which herbs have been dissolved – which are very efficient for maintaining the health of your gall bladder.
• Chelidonium (greater celandine)
• Cynara (artichoke leaf)
• Humulus (hops)
• Menthe (peppermint)
• Rosmarinus (rosemary)
• Taraxacum (dandelion root)
Uric acid, a byproduct of your metabolism, is usually oxidized by the enzyme uricase. But some people do not produce enough of this digestive enzyme, so the uric acid begins to first collect, and then crystallize, in their blood and tissues. When crystallizes, it becomes sharp and pokes into joints, causing severe pain and inflammation. Gout, also called metabolic arthritis, is one of the most painful forms of arthritis, but it is also one of the most treatable. Although it can occur to any joint in the body, it happens most often in the big toe.
USANA Vitamins supplements Digestive Enzyme keeps your digestion on the right track and provides an additional supply of enzymes to help your body digest a variety of foods. The enzymes supplied by USANA’s Digestive Enzyme supplement assist the body in the digestion of certain foods, including those containing lactose.
The first state of gout is symptomless. During this time, the uric acid level in your body rises. The second stage occurs when the uric acid begins to crystallize and causes pain in your joints. The attack may or may not be severe, and usually recedes afterwards for at least a few months and possibly even several years. However, in the third stage of gout, attacks occur with much greater frequency and severity. The gout can even begin to affect your vital organs.
To test for gout, a doctor will extract fluid from your inflamed joint. If you test positive, avoid niacin (vitamin B3), which competes with uric acid for excretion and will make attacks worse. Avoid alcohol, anchovies, baker’s and brewer’s yeast, game meat, herring, high doses (1,000 micrograms a day or more) of molybdenum, high fructose corn syrup, mackerel, offal (organ meats), red meat, sardines, shellfish, and vitamin A.
You must see a doctor if you have gout. It is treatable – although not curable – but can be dangerous if not treated before the problem becomes serious. The following supplements will help until you can see a doctor. During gout attacks, eat only nuts, raw fruits and vegetables (particularly cherries and strawberries), and seeds.
Supplements to treat gout
• Alpha-lipoic acid – USANA Vitamins supplements Mega Antioxidant contains Alpha lipoic acid which is the vitamins-like antioxidant that is both fat- and water-soluble. Alpha lipoic acid can increase or maintain levels of other antioxidant compounds in addition to its own, such as glutathione and vitamin C. USANA Mega Antioxidant also offers nutritional support for retaining sound cardiovascular function, healthy vision, a sound immune system, and efficient energy metabolism
• Baikal skullcap – May cause low blood sugar levels
• Coenzyme Q10
• EPA/DHA (fish oil)
• Grape seed extract
• Milk thistle
• Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E