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I have gout and was diagnosed January 2011. I research the internet and self-diagnosed before even going to the doctor. Unfortunately, it's a very painful disease. The upside is that you can control and stop the cycle by changing your lifestyle, which I have been doing since being diagnosed and experiencing the gout attack first hand...it's nothing you want to go through again! I went to a dietitian, who put me on a diet. I researched the internet and found resources for alkaline and acidity of foods. I stopped drinking diet soda and only drink coffee once a day and 2 liters of water per day without fail. I cut out beef for the most part, and only eat it rarely as well as shellfish. The most important thing I found on the internet was the use of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. I first read to take 1 TB in 1 TB of water twice a day after meals. This didn't work for me because I would: either forget, get lazy, or not have it with me. It was suggested to me to take it like this: 2 TB in 8 oz of water first thing in the a.m. before eating or drinking anything. I started doing that and it alkalized my body well enough that I stopped having the burning in my legs or twinges in my toe, or pain like a broken bone in my arch--gout symptoms. I have been working with a trainer since last year and belong to a gym. Stress causes gout as well as eating high purine foods. Exercise combats stress and helps weight loss. You have to change your lifestyle, be a little regimented in order to combat gout, but you can do it and do it without prescription gout medication. Go to www.bragg.com and check it out. You can buy it at healthfood stores. I lowered my cholesterol from 250 to 193 in less than a year as well. I lost at least 16 lbs (I have gained muscle mass as well). The website that I found most helpful is: www.gout-aware.com. It saved my life! I am a licensed massage therapist and I have to be healthy. I hope you try it--I tell everyone about it--that's how good it is. I don't have the money, time or desire to be sick. (p.s. cut out breads and eat rarely things with yeast)

April 5, 2012 - 8:06am


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