Is Drinking Soda Worse Than Smoking?
· August 14, 2012
Is Drinking Soda Worse Than Smoking?
· August 14, 2012
Drinking Baking soda in a glass of water gets rid of a UTI by making the bladder more alkaline.
New Proof that Fruit Juice and Soda Increase Risk of Gout
Posted By Dr. Mercola
Too much soda or fruit juice will increase your risk of developing gout, a painful form of arthritis, according to a new study.
Women who drank two cans or more of non-diet soda a day, or 12 ounces or more of orange juice a day, were more than twice as likely to develop gout. Women who drank just one soda or 6-ounce glass of juice per day were at 74 percent and 41 percent greater risk, respectively.
“The culprit appears to be fructose … [F]ructose increases levels of the chemical uric acid, which causes gout. When uric acid levels in the body get too high, the acid hardens into sharp crystals that are deposited in joints.”
CNN November 10, 2010
Journal of the American Medical Association November 10, 2010;
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Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by painful, stiff and inflamed joints. It can occur in any joint of your body, but most commonly occurs in your big toe.
The stiffness and swelling are a result of excess uric acid forming crystals in your joints, and the pain associated with this disease is caused by your body’s inflammatory response to the uric acid crystals.
Gout affects between 2 million and 5 million Americans, and the prevalence is increasing, both in the US and other developing countries.
This comes as no surprise, because the principal reason for the rising incidence of this painful type of arthritis stems from our modern diet, which is chockfull of fructose, mainly in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
New Evidence Confirms Fructose/Uric Acid/Gout Connection
The latest JAMA study, cited above, used data from the 22-year long Nurses’ Health Study, which included nearly 79,000 women.
The analysis showed that women who drank more than two cans of soda per day were more than twice as likely to develop gout, compared with women who rarely drank soda.
Drinking 12 ounces or more of orange juice daily had the roughly the same effect.
Additionally, as reported by CNN:
“Women who had just one soda or 6-ounce glass of OJ per day were at 74 percent and 41 percent greater risk, respectively, compared with women who rarely drank either.
The culprit appears to be fructose, says the lead author of the study, Dr. Hyon Choi, M.D., a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.”
A similar study on men was published two years ag0.
In that study, men who drank two or more sugary soft drinks a day had an 85 percent higher risk of gout than those who drank less than one a month.
The risk significantly increased among men who drank five to six servings of sugary soft drinks a week. Fruit juice and fructose-rich fruits such as oranges and apples also increased the risk.
This is why I always recommend paying equal attention to the fructose consumed in the form of fruit juices and even whole fruits, and not just that from soda and processed foods. For a helpful chart showing the fructose content of common fruits, please see this link.
As a general rule, I recommend limiting your total fructose intake to 25 grams per day, from ALL sources.
Since virtually all processed foods contain HFCS, it’s a wise move for most people to also limit total fructose from fruit to 15 grams per day. You could easily exceed the max of 25 grams due to this ‘hidden’ fructose in your diet, even if you consumed no soda or fruit…
Fructose is the ONLY Sugar that Raises Uric Acid
I became fully aware of the dramatic and devastating impact fructose has on your uric acid levels when I interviewed Dr. Richard Johnson on this topic, earlier this year.
Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on how fructose — which is the number one source of calories in the American diet – causes obesity, diabetes, and a number of other common diseases, including:
* High blood pressure
* High cholesterol and high triglycerides
* Kidney disease
* Heart disease
* Fatty liver disease
As it turns out, a major component of all of these diseases is elevated uric acid, and more recent research shows that fructose is the ONLY type of sugar that will raise your uric acid levels!
Fructose is distinctly different from other sugars as it’s metabolized through very specific pathways that differ from those of glucose, for example, and it is through this distinct metabolic action that uric acid is generated.
In fact, fructose typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion.
However… Glucose Boosts Harmful Effects of Fructose!
Yes, although glucose will not increase uric acid levels, it will accelerate fructose absorption! So when you MIX glucose and fructose together, you actually absorb more fructose than if you consumed fructose alone.
This is an important piece of information for people who want to make a better effort at controlling their weight and prevent disease.
At What Point Does Uric Acid Start Creating Disease?
According to Dr. Johnson’s research, uric acid appears to take on a lead role in creating health problems when it reaches levels in your body of 5.5 mg per dl or higher.
At this level, uric acid is associated with an increased risk for developing high blood pressure, as well as diabetes, obesity and kidney disease.
Dr. Johnson believes the ideal range for uric acid lies between 3 to 5.5 mg per dl.
How to Limit Your Fructose Consumption
According to Dr. Johnson’s research, a quarter of the US population consumes a whopping 134 grams of fructose a day. This is a staggering amount of fructose when you consider the fact that you need to restrict your fructose intake to below 25 grams a day in order to maintain good health.
This makes it pretty easy to see how so many fructose-related diseases have peaked to such unfathomable levels.
For example, this statistic dovetails nicely with the statistics showing that one in four Americans is also either pre-diabetic or has type 2 diabetes.
So, just how much fructose are you consuming every day?
I strongly advise you take a look at all the labels of everything you put in your mouth, and make sure you’re taking the serving size into account…
In his book, The Sugar Fix, Dr. Johnson provides detailed tables showing the content of fructose in different foods – an information base that isn’t readily available when you’re trying to find out exactly how much fructose is in various foods.
I do realize that reducing sugar/fructose in your diet can be tough for some people. After all, sugar is just as addictive as cocaine
! But it is possible, and Dr. Johnson provides helpful guidelines for doing so in his book.
It calls for following a very low fructose diet for two weeks, which has the effect of “rebooting” your system and re-sensitizing your body to the fructose.
Additional Guidelines for Preventing and Treating Gout
If left untreated gout can become increasingly painful and lead to joint damage. So if you experience sudden, intense pain in your joints, especially your big toe, it’s important to seek help.
However, I strongly recommend avoiding drug therapies for gout, and drugs specifically designed to reduce uric acid levels. It makes little sense to gamble with side effects when most people can successfully reduce their uric acid levels simply by limiting or eliminating excessive fructose from their diet!
In addition, the following strategies can help you successfully address (or prevent) gout:
1. Modify your diet to fit your nutritional type. To help determine your nutritional type, take my free online nutritional typing test. We have charged thousands of people $29 for this test in the past, but now we’re able to offer the test entirely free of charge, so please, take advantage of this beneficial tool.
2. Avoid drinking soda, fruit juice and other sweet beverages. As discussed above, these types of drinks are a primary source of excessive fructose. Instead, drink plenty of pure water, as the fluids will help to remove uric acid from your body. Cutting back on all forms of sugar and grain in your diet is also important.
3. Limit or eliminate alcohol consumption, particularly beer. Alcohol in general, and beer specifically, may also raise the levels of uric acid in your blood.
4. Exercise. Being overweight increases your risk of gout, and regular exercise will help you to maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health.
5. Try tart cherries or concentrated tart cherry juice. Tart cherries contain two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids. Both of these compounds slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxyygenase-1 and -2, which helps to relieve and prevent arthritis and gout in your body.
Interestingly, we have had many readers state that alfalfa tablets have provided a fair measure of relief and improvement from gout as well. I have no experience with this but it would certainly seem another avenue to explore since it is a natural product with virtually no downside or side effects.
Nutmeg has also shown promise for relieving gout symptoms, so if you enjoy this spice feel free to add it liberally to your diet.
For even more information about gout and how to treat it without resorting to potentially dangerous drugs, please see my article Five Steps to Overcoming Gout Naturally.
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(NaturalNews) For those people who are familiar with more natural approaches to cleansing the teeth and gums, here is something interesting that may not be known. Many of these same people are not aware that in the long-term, the heavily touted baking soda and food-grade hydrogen peroxide tend to have a harsh effect on the teeth and gums. Although both of these products are inexpensive, there are much better options for this purpose that are as well inexpensive as of highest-quality, healthful, gentle, very effective and a snap to prepare.
The worst products to use for dental care…
For those people who use conventional commercial toothpaste, here is why to avoid these products. The very worst thing for any person’s teeth/gums is conventional/commercial (chemicalized) toothpaste. Commercial dental-care pastes usually contain one or more of these teeth/gum damaging ingredients — triclosan, fluoride, polyethylene glycols, surfactants (a.k.a. foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate), toxic metals, artificial sugars, glycerin, hydrated silica and sodium hydroxide. Also, these ingredients are often found in so-called natural brands of toothpaste. It is wise to read all labels very carefully.
Brush up on the various and truly natural ways to cleanse teeth and gums…
Why is Himalayan pink crystal salt included in the following recipes for cleansing the teeth and gums?
*It has 80+ minerals in colloidal form.
*It promotes bone health.
*It is detoxifying.
*It promotes a healthy balance.
Let’s now explore some recipes that clean the teeth and gums. In addition, these recipes are healing to them and they also freshen the breath.
Neem Leaf and Neem Oil Teeth/Gum Treatment
Grind organic neem leaf to a powder.
Add the powdered neem leaf to an equal amount of highest-quality pink Himalayan salt.
Stir in enough cold-pressed neem seed oil to make a paste.
Neem’s special alkaloids and liminoids wonderfully clean the teeth. Neem prevents both cavities and gum disease. It treats gingivitis and swollen/bleeding gums. Neem leaf and neem seed oil are part of a fast-growing evergreen tree. Neem is antiviral and it is anti-bacterial. It also has astringent, antiseptic, antifungal, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe and Peppermint Teeth/Gum Treatment
Grind organic peppermint leaf to a powder to make 1/2 cup.
Add the powdered peppermint leaf to an equal amount of highest-quality pink Himalayan salt.
Using a glass dropper, add 10 drops of organic therapeutic-grade peppermint essential oil.
Mix in enough cold-pressed organic aloe vera gel to make a paste.
Peppermint is a polyvalent providing the following 8 very healthful properties — antibiotic, anti infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic and antiseptic; it is an astringent and a stimulant.
Aloe vera gel eliminates pathogenic oral microflora (disease-causing bacteria in the mouth). As well, aloe latex contains anti-inflammatory anthraquinones that heal and arrest pain.
In Part II: We have more natural dental care recipes for you…
NaturalNews) In Part I: We explored both teeth and gum cleansing treatments of neem leaf and neem seed oil in addition to aloe vera gel and peppermint. We also explained why Himalayan pink crystal salt is used in these recipes for cleansing the teeth and gums. Ever thought to use the following for cleansing the teeth and gums — coconut oil, lemongrass, cinnamon, clove and/or palm fruit oil? In Part II, we will examine the benefits of these to the teeth and gums as well as provide related recipes for natural dental care.
Coconut Oil and Lemongrass Teeth/Gum Treatment
Measure out 1/2 cup of highest-quality pink Himalayan salt.
Mix in an equal amount of freshly powdered organic lemongrass.
Using a glass dropper, add 10 drops of organic therapeutic-grade lemongrass essential oil.
Add enough coconut oil (raw unrefined cold-pressed organic) to make a paste.
Lemongrass has these very healthful 11 properties — antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant and tonic.
Coconut oil provides antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is extremely powerful as an antiviral. Coconut oil also contains these incredible medium-chain fatty acids of capric, caprylic and lauric.
Cinnamon Clove and Palm Fruit Oil Teeth/Gum Treatment
Grind organic sweet cinnamon chips (true cinnamon) to make 1/2 cup.
Add the powdered cinnamon to an equal amount of highest-quality pink Himalayan salt.
Using a glass dropper, add 10 drops of organic therapeutic-grade clove bud essential oil.
Add enough palm fruit oil (cold-pressed unrefined organic extra-virgin) — by which highly detailed sustainable harvesting protocols are used — to make a paste.
First off, please do not confuse palm kernel oil with palm fruit oil. Red palm oil (a.k.a. palm fruit oil) is a powerhouse of nutrition which makes it superb for the teeth and gums. In addition to its beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lycopene, it has 20+ other carotenes. Palm fruit oil contains fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin K, CoQ10, squalene, phytosterols, flavonoids, phenolic acids and glycolipids. Red palm oil has all 4 tocotrienols. These tocotrienols have up to 60 times the antioxidant activity of ordinary vitamin E. The combination vitamin E, tocotrienols, carotenes and other antioxidants is what makes palm fruit oil a superb antioxidant food and thus a terrific teeth/gum treatment. Palm fruit oil is so full of nutrients and antioxidants that it is like a natural dietary supplement.
Clove bud has these 8 very important dental enhancing properties of — analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic and antiviral.
True cinnamon offers up phenolic compounds, tannins, catechins, calcium, iron, mucilage and resin.
Thank you for reading!
Best of the CRAFT Video: DIY Soda
Looks like this could be my next experiment!! Ginger strawberry, raw soda!! Yum!
via CRAFT by Becky Stern on 4/30/10
In this CRAFT Video, I show you how easy it is to make your own soda at home, and it’s inexpensive, too! I use brewer’s yeast to produce carbon dioxide, and whatever flavors come to the imagination. In the video I used honey, green tea, strawberries, and grated ginger, but you can use any combination of fruits, juices, fresh herbs and sweeteners that you like.
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Ingredients and supplies:
2L or other plastic bottle with cap
brewer’s yeast (don’t use bread yeast!) – get online or from your local homebrew store (tell them you’re making soda and they’ll get you the right kind)
sweetener (for the yeast to eat, you can use honey, cane sugar, etc., about 6 tablespoons total)
water, tea, or juice
other flavors of your choice
Sanitation isn’t as much of a concern when making your own soda as it is when making your own beer or wine, but if you can, start with boiled water (good for brewing tea anyway). Boiling fruit juice might change the flavor, so experiment, but don’t worry too much about keeping your batch completely bacteria-free. Combine your flavorings and sweetener, then let the batch cool to 80-85°F before adding the yeast (hot water will kill the yeast).
Add about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of your brewers yeast, cap, and shake to dissolve. Place the mixture in a quiet place (between 65-85°F) for 24 hours. Yeast produces carbon dioxide as it processes sugar. It also produces alcohol, but since we’ll only be leaving the mixture at active temperatures for about a day, the actual amount of alcohol is minuscule (homemade beers use way more yeast and are let to sit for about 10 days, to give you a reference point). Yes, it’s OK for your kids to drink it, provided you don’t have a religious restriction on fermented things. When produced in a capped container like a soda bottle, the CO2 becomes dissolved in the liquid as pressure builds up.
After a day, feel the bottle; it should be very firm now as the CO2 has pressurized the bottle. Chill it down before opening it; gasses stay dissolved in liquids better at colder temperatures just like solids stay dissolved better at hotter temperatures. If you open it too soon, most or all of the CO2 your yeast friends made will fly right out. Pour over ice and you’ve got an enjoyable, refreshing fizzy treat.
One more recipe idea (pictured above): combine the juice of 3 grapefruits and sugar/honey water to make just under 2L of liquid (boil the water before you mix in the sugars), then drop in a handful each of frozen strawberries and pineapple. Blend and let cool, then strain into the bottle and add the yeast. It’s like a fizzy grapefruit smoothie!