Good Foods To Eat For Gout

Heartburn or acid reflux is a condition common in people who are undergoing a diet. Though, many people term the problem as "heartburn" to describe the physiology of the stomach when the gastric acid goes back to the esophagus. It is often experienced after eating or incidence of overeating.

It is suggested that people who undergo from acid reflux, eat smaller meals than having three large ones for the whole day. Eating the last meal a few of hours prior to going to bed would prevent the condition. This gives food sufficient time to be digested and be emptied from the stomach. This will then lower the acid levels which diminish the chances of the reflux and heartburn that would usually transpire. So, what are good foods to eat with acid reflux?

Diets that assist in decreasing and avoiding acid reflux normally consist of all of the basic food groups. What are good foods to eat with acid reflux are grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, meats and beans. But, not all these food groups are specifically recommended as well as to be eliminated. People with acid reflux should turn away from alcohol beverages, caffeinated drinks, peppermint, chocolate and foods that are high in fat content.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What foods should a gout patient eat?
    I was just diagnosed with gout today, and in my search for more information, I'm coming across lists of food that I shouldn't eat. I'm looking for foods that I SHOULD eat, or are at least better to eat.

    By the way...the whole gout thing? Not fun! My foot hurts!

    • ANSWER:
      This diet will assist in eliminating any current attack or build up so that a more normal diet can slowly be reintroduced with success: Brown Rice, corn, boiled cabbage (small amounts), celery, carrots, baked sweet potatoes, onion, dates, fresh coconut, avocados, honey, raisins, sour dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream), fresh chestnuts/ almonds (not cooked), fully ripened bananas (not green or brown), apples, pears, strawberries, cherries, oranges, kiwi, grapes, watermelon, lemon, lime, other melons, soy sauce (light use for flavor on rice), fresh unsweetened fruit juices (frozen or refrigerated-NO CRANBERRY), and baking potatoes (not white potatoes). It would be best to use a lot of sour cream on your baking potatoes. Please include some of these foods into your daily diet even after your attack/build up has subsided. If you are under an attack you must eat a full variety of these foods. For instance brown rice, fresh almonds, and corn provide all the protein and amino acids of a piece of meat when eaten together but without the purines.
      Weight loss can cause an increase in uric acid production and retention.
      Be sure to keep your caloric intake up and eat enough of the healing foods to prevent any weight loss during an attack. Any weight loss will cause the attack to get worse.
      Maintaining weight by keeping caloric intake up to an amount that stops all weight loss is very important, anything less than 1500/2000 calories a day can make your attack worse

      http://www.goutcure.com/goutcure8.html

      Eat more blueberries and cherries, because they’re rich in substances that counteract purines, which cause gout, says Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder and president of the Whitaker Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California. He says that some gout patients report finding relief by eating from a handful to up to ½ pound of cherries each day. He also advises people with gout to avoid anchovies, asparagus, mushrooms and organ meats such as liver and kidney, since they’re high in purines.

      http://www.mothernature.com/library/bookshelf/books/21/117.cfm

      http://www.wholehealthmd.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=Healing+Kitchen&type=AWHN_FoodRemedies&mod=Food+Remedies&tier=2&id=05B6D9420C814EECBFF7121ED38ECC5F

  2. QUESTION:
    What food or recipes are good for someone with gout or is there a website he can go on been on some no good?
    My friends husband has just been diagnosed with gout and has told he can't eat an awful lot of his favourite thing meat being the main one. My friend is a bit stuck as to what to feed him on as he is a big eater can someone please help us out there Thanks so much xx

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes, a diet low in purines is prescribed. Organ meats, beer, wine, and certain types of fish contain high levels of purines.
      The serum level of uric acid is the primary risk factor for gout. The serum level is the result of both intake (diet) and output (excretion). Diet should be low fat and low protein.
      Gout diet
      No specific dietary changes are proved to reduce your risk of gout. However, it may make sense to eat foods that contain fewer purines. If you want to try a gout diet, try to:
      * Cut back on the amount of red meat and seafood you eat.
      * Avoid alcoholic beverages.
      * Eat more low-fat dairy products.
      * Eat more complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain breads.
      Choose portions that allow you to maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight may decrease uric acid levels in your body. But avoid fasting or rapid weight loss, since doing so may temporarily raise uric acid levels.

  3. QUESTION:
    Help I need to know what's a good diet for someone with gout?
    I'm realy just looking for some good meal ideas other than the usaul of just eat alot of cherries some good ideas on what foods to avoid and so on

    • ANSWER:
      Different foods affect people in various ways. Turkey and stuffing will give me gout, but one or the other alone is fine. Cheese will do it, too, if I eat too much over a period of time. What helps me the most is to keep well hydrated so that the acids can't build up, especially in warm weather. Once a flare up starts, I'll drink a couple tall glasses of cranberry juice a day to clear it up.

      Edited to add: Saul is right. Seafood is a big trigger. Dang it.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me if drinking to much diet soda would cause an attack of gout?
    I am a over weight 43 year old female that has had gout attack for the last month and am not sure what to do about this. I am in the middle of dieting and have seen the doctor but was not told why this is happening over and over. I am on medicine but dont want to take it all the time. I dont eat red meat and try to stay away from salty foods. I do eat alot of fruit and have issues when eating oranges so dont know if that is one reason. Can anyone offer any advice on what foods are good to eat and what arent.

    • ANSWER:
      I really feel for u - i suffer from gout and it is soooo soooo very painful - macdonalds can set mine off, as can to much alcohlol. but that said, it sometimes doesnt, depends on whatever else i been eating. Gout is the irritation caused by needle like chrystal building up in the blood and ''stabbing'' at the area. This is why it gets inflamed. sugery substances can make the blood thicker if too much, making the blood slightly more concentrated, hence more crystals. id try drinking lots of water to to thin the blood a little, should even even it out. I drink lots of water, it help loads!!! hope this has helped. - good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    What types of foods do diabetics eat?
    I know they stay away from breads and cereals like pasta, and other types of starchy foods. See I had my blood sugar checked yesterday and it was 71, which was good. However, a lot of people in our family have diabetes. I'm 31 years old and I get it constantly checked all the time (my blood for diabetes). Anyway, I know for a fact that too much meat produces gout which my great uncle has in his knees. Honestly, if too much meat is bad for you, breads and cereals are bad for diabetics, then what am I honestly supposed to eat? Fruits and Vegetables only mostly?

    • ANSWER:
      Its about balance and moderation. You do not necessarily need to cut out certain foods all together, as long as you can eat them in moderation and balance your carbs, fats and proteins. You should get to know the nutritional value of most foods, and understand the carb exchange.

      Meat is a good source of protein and shouldn't be harmful unless you are eating an entire T-bone 4 days a week. A good meal could consist of a serving of chicken or beef, side of veggies, and 1 cup of potatoes and salad. See, you get all your food groups in one meal.

      Eating fruits constantly can work against you because they are packed with sugar that will just spike your levels. Again, its about balance and moderation.

      Fruits and protein are a great combination. Also you can incorporate healthy meats like chicken and turkey meat. Turkey meat has substantially less fat, but just as much protein. You can buy ground turkey meat, or turkey burgers and switch it up with regular beef. Just an example.

      Im a diabetic and I can still enjoy pasta (in moderation). I add ground turkey meat for a healthy helping of protein, and eat about 2 cups. Now because there is lots of meat in the meal, only about 1 cup is actually pasta so I am within my limits. Also the combination of pasta and protein have less of an impact on my sugars than just eating pasta alone. Another example of balance and moderation.

      It can be as simple as using common sense when ordering or preparing dinner. Instead of adding two sides of carbs like potatoes, and bread, just go with a moderate amount of taters, and a second side of veggies, salad or cole slaw.

      If you are serious about it, you can talk to your Dr about an acceptable allotment of carbs per day. Once you have that magic number, you can know your limits or better moderate your carbs and have a range to stay within.

      If your levels are reading 71 you are in great shape. You probably don't need to be on a strict diet. Just keep in mind your servings of carbs and don't go downing a tall mocha latte or jamba juice on a regular basis.

  6. QUESTION:
    what can help me towards becoming a vegan. I am starting to get excruciating gout and it is said to get worst
    painwise and damage permanently one's joints. I have heard 90% get better on a vegan diet.

    I saw one should not eat meat,. poultry, fish,. beans, dairy, and some fruits and veggies like mushrooms, asparagus, et for the high purine content.

    I just had a fasting blood sugar that was 151 so I may have diabetes or at least syndrome x..my allopathetic- but extremely into health foods and alternative health-doctor told me not to eat any grains except I think she said millet and only sour fruits and berries...for the blood sugar problems and eat mostly meats and veggies. Between the blood sugar recommendations and the gout suggestions This leaves nothing pretty much it seems.

    I have been vegetarian every other day with about 10% animal foods, and at one time eating 50% of my diet in produce but I have slipped.

    I like meats a lot but not so much chicken and fish except shellfish but shellfish is a big nono for gout I read, I am used to using meats as an ingrediant in stir frys,
    soups, etc and I do eat cheese and once in a great while yogurt but no milk for many years except soy and nut milks. Being a food addict, changing to a vegan would be extrememly hard for me.

    What would what would help me ease into a vegan diet..it seems so impossible as eaten this way so long...grains seem so long to cook and although produce can be exciting..grains seem kind of dull. If one kept their meat and dairy to a small amount, would this still help the gout..like say eating a few ounces a day or every other day.
    how do some of you know how old I am..(you are too young to ha ve gout)..I had a uric acid count of 10.4 and was told I likely do have gout and was prescribed medicine for it actually.

    Some of you vegans are really rude and I thought not eating meats left one more peaceful. Ha..I can't believe the rudeness of two poster on here in answering. I wish I could say what I really think of your answers.
    Also I did not say I was eating vegetarian evry other day for some kind of points, but merely to inform people of what my diet currently was, jerks.

    • ANSWER:
      You should consult a traditional dietitian to help you work out an eating plan that would be suitable for you and work with a professional in alternative medicine as well.

      Some online sources that might be of help are: about.com webmd.com
      about.com is another good source of info

  7. QUESTION:
    30 YR. OLD HAS REAL BAD GOUT NEED ADVICE TO HELP HIM. (PLEASE NOT MAIL ORDER PILLS I already know about them)
    My 30 yr old Down syndrome son has terrible Gout. He has had it off and on for around 4 yrs. It started in his foot/toe when he first experienced it and now he has a terrible bout of it in his knee for the first time. The pain is unbearable and the knee is warm and swollen. I feel so bad for him. He was taking Allopurinol once a day, however on a regular yearly check-up with blood tests, the doctor saw very elevated levels on his liver function check. We had to stop the Allopurinol medicine because they feel that it may be damaging his liver. I watch what he eats, but I would like to have a really good site with a good and bad food list for gout and other pertinent information. I have looked on line but most of the sites have their own pills they are trying to sell and not much other information. If you have read this whole “question” you will know what questions I’m asking for. Please try not to give the information I already have told you I have. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Please make sure it actually is gout.
      Then, take him off all foods that are high in purines.

      According to the American Medical Association, purine-containing foods include:
      Beer, other alcoholic beverages.
      Anchovies, sardines in oil, fish roes, herring.
      Yeast (careful with certain breads and rolls as well as pizza crust!)
      Organ meat (liver, kidneys, sweetbreads)
      Legumes (dried beans, peas)
      Meat extracts, consomme, gravies.
      Mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower.

      Beneficial Foods
      Foods which may be beneficial to people with gout include:
      Dark berries may contain chemicals that lower uric acid and reduce inflammation.
      Tofu which is made from soybeans may be a better choice than meats.
      Certain fatty acids found in certain fish such as salmon, flax or olive oil, or nuts may possess some anti-inflammatory benefits.

      Avoiding purine-rich foods is only one aspect of treatment however. It is important to take prescribed medications as directed, maintain a healthy/balanced diet, drink plenty of fluids/water, exercise and maintain a healthy body weight. Diets designed for quick or extreme weight loss will work against you though -- they increase uric acid levels in the blood.

      Balanced Diet
      According to the American Medical Association, a balanced diet for people with gout include foods:

      High in complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits, vegetables)
      Low in protein (15% of calories and sources should be soy, lean meats, poultry)
      No more than 30% of calories from fat (10% animal fat)

      More Reading:
      Gout Diet: What Foods Should You Eat?
      People who have gout are typically advised to treat with medications, make lifestyle changes, and restrict their diet. It is well known that a person with gout should avoid purine-rich foods. What should they eat though? What foods will lower the risk of another gout attack? We have the answer about what foods to eat.

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  8. QUESTION:
    GOUT diet HELP??????
    I don't have gout but I went to a follow-up with my urologist after passing a Kidney stone and my urine test came back with very high Uric acid. I was advised to cut back my protien intake and I did research and asked my doctor again who stated that a deit for Gout would be ideal. Only problem is this seems very overwhelming to me without guidance. My question is this and please be specific. I need some good reliable resources for Gout diets. Preferably, good cookbook recommendations, helpful books, menu plans, or websites? I have only found lists of foods I shouldn't eat but that doesn't help me to devise a healthy and balanced diet.

    • ANSWER:
      www.goutdiet.com

  9. QUESTION:
    i can barely afford groceries for my family. How can i afford to eat right to lose weight?
    We are a one income family. I help somewhat by taking some cleaning jobs on the side. We cant get assistance (WIC, foodstamps, or welfare) because my husband makes too much money and we own our own home and we r saving for our future and for the kids future. We cut back on the savings somewhat too help ease the shortage of money. We are still having a hard time affording groceries. It seems like all we can afford is the junk. i definitely can stand to lose weight and my children are picking up the bad habits. How can we afford too eat better when its so expensive to buy healthy food? I dont want to die the way my mother did. She had type 2 diabetes, gout, congestive heart failure, and her body was running on 1/4 of a kidney. Please help. I guess if you need to be cruel, i can take it. I'm at my whits end and am getting very frustrated.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    i have gout whats the best way to reduce it?
    i am only 20 and very young and i get it from drinking and usually the next day it isnt too sore just a little.

    what is the bset thing to make it go away BUT i am still young and love having big nights out and drinking?
    would having less beer and more of another alcoholic drink be better?

    my diet is very poor i always eat junk food? would a better diet help?
    so yeah i am young and all my friends drink heaps and i cant really stop that.

    what advice does anyone have for me?

    also will it go away or will it be there for my whole life :(

    • ANSWER:
      Drinking is the worst thing for gout,but it sounds like you are not ready to give that up.Try taking supplements like black cherry concentrate,and stay away from organ meats like liver.I must stress the fact,that as long as you drink ANY kind of alcohol,you will suffer from gout.Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    When i read on yahoo answers, every food sounds to be bad and reason for joint pain. Q1) What do I eat ?
    Iam a young boy of 28 years, and had not a bit of idea about gout. I used to have joint pain, never used to care a bit and once went to doctor and took in some medicine. Okie blah blah, I read a lot of this gout thingy on site... and now iam just the most worried person now.And that too at an early age..not looking good. My question is
    ""When i read on yahoo answers, every food sounds to be bad and reason for joint pain. Q1) What do I eat ? LIke I know red meats and protein rich food and alcohol are the worst, But if i consume them in little quntities at times Q2) Would it be the worst thingy? Q3) Can i eradicate this anthritis? Q4) How do I improve my kidneys health?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't seem to know what your have. You referred to gout and to arthritis. If you haven't been clearly diagnosed, get to a doctor and have some blood tests to determine what is causing your problem. Then read up on how to improve your diet and exercise routines to improve your condition. Inflammation in general increases with meat consumption, decreases with fruits and veggie and red wine. Low dose aspirin (1/4 or 1/2 tablet per day) also reduces inflammation. Blueberries in particular are beneficial as are fish oil capsules.

  12. QUESTION:
    Ankylosing Spondylits, Gout, Arthritis Why Suffer ?? Give me your reaction to the following...?
    Psoriatic Arthritis /Gout/Spondylitis/Arthritis: Using the elimination diet, l became painfully aware that the nightshade family was involved in those sharp pain attacks of arthritis. Other research has shown not only gluten (celiac disease) but also the nightshade family is and responsible.
    Tomatoes can give me a dull ache within four hours and sharp pain attack sets in either my shoulder joint or big toe about 12 hours later.
    The Potato did have effect on my Ankylosing Spondylitis/Moods/ Chronic Fatique (should be avoided at all times). Especially painful for me after eating Chips or roast potato, wouldn't be surprised if the same for most Ankylosing Spondylitis sufferers. The pain always set in within twelve hours, also my moods weren't pleasant.
    When l tried chillies they left blood blisters in mouth, Red or green peppers made me ache where ever l had gout etc.
    Also it was interesting to note that Corn Flakes whilst on elimination diet also had effect on my shoulder joints but that the beauty of the Safe food diet. It's so easy to find which foods do have an effect...

    Since being on my natural diet and avoiding nightshade foods l haven’t had any attacks of Psoriatic Arthritis, my gout (inflammation of smaller joints) and Inflammatory Spondylitis (inflammation of vertebra) which l had suffered for more than 20 years also has gone. As with other forms of arthritis, cold weather can also be a catalyst for a worsening of the condition, but removing the nightshade family has worked for me (and many others). I wish l had come across Dr N. Chiders work of 50 years he would have saved me a lot of pain. I think to ignore his 87% success rate is crazy. Today with the latest info. available his success rate would been 100%.

    This is so easy to put to test. If you or know someone who suffers just tell them how easy it is to confirm for themselves. Don't eat any nightshades for a week or two (The longer the better) then have some chips ..........
    Stirling
    Oh yes another miracle drug like vioxx No thank you l plan to live a long time to come.

    • ANSWER:
      I really appreciate your info, and
      may give it a try. The reason I am
      open to this is I have had similar problems,
      and had a lot of success with gluten
      elimination. Ankylosing Spondylitis,
      Severe osteo arthritis, CFS, and a very
      troubling facial rash, among other
      problems. Started gluten elimination
      8June2009,, and have had much
      improvement, but gluten is in almost
      everything here.

      Nightshade huh? Well, I rarely eat
      tomato, but had started eating more
      potatoes, because so many things
      are gone from my diet. I do not know if
      things such as squash are involved,
      because I never looked at the nightshade
      family.

      As to your question, my response is
      that I think it merits examination,
      but I expect Med and Pharma
      industries will attempt to discredit it
      because it might threaten their profits
      and their hold on the populace.

      Maybe it won't work for everyone,
      but if it helps some, they could avoid
      much misery, expense and inconvenience.
      Also, if nightshades are in the food
      supplies anywhere near as much as
      gluten, total elimination must be
      scrupulously monitored, for tomato
      exists in many cooking sauces.

      Good luck

      r

  13. QUESTION:
    Purines v fructose?
    I suffer from gout and accociated arthritis and have been trying to find a dietry cure but I'm getting mixed messages. Apples for instance are high in fructose which can cause a spike of uric acid in the blood which is a cause of gout. then I find that apples are recommended to lower the purines in the blood. This anomaly occurs with many food stuffs so is it better to eat high fructose food or low purine food

    • ANSWER:
      Purines are notoriously odd and there is much conflicting advice about them. This may help and they have some low-purine cook-books:

      http://www.ukgoutsociety.org/

      I find low purine diets are the most effective but miss all the food you are not supposed to have so I dance between low purine and Celebrex

  14. QUESTION:
    My dad needs a very special diet because of his conditions. Any suggestions?
    My Dad is on blood thinner called Cumiden and he is not allowed to have leafy green veggies like broccoli. I know he can have a salad about once a week.

    Another problem is that he has a condition called gout. He can no longer eat shellfish and he can rarely eat red meat.

    Last, but not least, my dad has high cholesterol. What foods should he eliminate? What foods are good for him to have considering he has all of these conditions?

    My Dad is a little overweight and needs help losing weight so his arthritis pain won't hurt him so much. He also has heart problems hence why he is on blood thinner. It's nearly impossible for him to exercise...

    My Dad used to be a big, strong man. I can't stand to see him like this anymore... Can someone please help?!

    • ANSWER:
      I understand this limits his options... I would say tuna, chicken and pastas would still be good. He could still eat other veggies just not leafy green. Good luck hope this helps.

      This website tells more about diet interactions with Coumadin.
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/warfarin/AN00455

  15. QUESTION:
    My feet feel broken all the time?
    Ok, for the past few months, my right foot has felt like I broke it. The pain is bad when I first wake up, I can't walk for about 20 minutes or so. Now, both feet are doing it, but the left doesn't hurt nearly as bad. Last year, it all started with my heels, they felt like they were in pieces, I bought some insoles for heel fasciitis, and that problem eventually stopped. My mom told me it could be gout, she has some arthritis symptoms, including gout when she eats or drinks certain foods. I read about it, and something about uric acid, which made me think..I have had 2 kidney stones, and over 10 uti's in the past 8 years. And I am the biggest water drinker on the planet, always have been. I never had insurance, so just went to the er for those, never got a diagnosis, just really good pain meds:) . I do have insurance now, so I 'm wondering what kind of doctor I should see. Here is a little about me, if it helps narrow it down at all.
    I'm 23, female, had 3 kids since I was 14(no judging please, I'm married to the daddy:) so I am a little overweight, never lost it all from the kids. but wasn't when I had the first stone at 16. I'm working on that, seems like no matter what I do for however long, it doesn't take off more than a few lbs, (was told 3rd shift can do that) I have been on 3rd shift for 4 1/2 yrs..which none of these probs started til recently. I am on my feet all night. And I get about 5 hours of sleep a day, max. Arthritis runs in my family, but I am so young, not sure here. Thanks for reading!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get a book called :

      "The Inflammation Cure" by Immunologist William Joel Meggs.

      This doctor talks about foods that promote inflammation -bad - don't eat and foods that reduce inflammation-> eat these foods.

      This diet plan helps people with obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, some heart conditions, some cancers, 'fibromyalgia' and more.

      Email me if you want.

  16. QUESTION:
    what happens if you don't get a hernia fixed?
    My did has a hernia. He's had it for about 12 years and so all I know is that it is big, right by his crotch, etc. It obviously means he can't have sex with my mum etc and he refuses to go to the doctor as he is a baby.
    So, what are his options? He's 62, drinks alot, eats alot of rich foods, he also has gout this week. Is he on his way out?
    What should he do, or i force him to do for his hernia?
    Help from similar aged men with the same problems would be good.
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think you will be able to force him to go and have it seen to. Perhaps he has a phobia about hospitals, but to have it for 12 years looks like he's pretty determined not to go. Unless it becomes strangulated he could live with it, but it won't get better or repair itself. It goes without saying that if he had got it sorted straight away, it would have been a smaller operation than it would be now because it would have got bigger over time. It should still be a relatively routine operation though and usually only takes around 45 minutes plus recovery time.

      I had same operation 3 weeks ago and was home 3 and a half hours after going into the theatre to have it done. I had the staples taken out a week later and although I'm still off work, that is due to my doctor's orders because of my line of work.

  17. QUESTION:
    Breast Enlargement Idea ~I'd like some feedback~?
    PLEASE READ, THIS IS VERY BENEFICIAL. I've spent hours upon hours reading different ways to increase breast size.
    The pills are worth hundreds of dollars, with only a slight chance of working, why would you do that? Also with breast enhancement pills, there are other ingredients in those pills the manufacture isn't making completely known, only after doing research on different pills have I found out what is in them. Some have little bits of harmful ingredients while others are completely filled. Some are made all natural, but still have that little hint of danger, and still, are all expensive.
    Breast Augmentation is something completely different. Costing a range anywhere from 00-,000. Going under the knife, leaves scars and sometimes unevenness. Would you really waste 00 on lopsided breasts? Good idea for some, not so for others. Either not having the money, or the dangers involved. They do say breast augmentation has gotten safer over the years, but still, there is ALWAYS a danger with any type of surgery.
    Between the pill and the surgery, I've considered one, then the other, then back to one. I'm unhappy with the size of my breasts, and I always have. I can easily have the money for surgery, but don't want the scars, I'm not wasting money on pills that can damage my health and have no affect on my bust.
    So, sitting and reading on what affects breast and their growth, I've read a few good things.
    -Estrogen is a hormone that comprises a group of compounds, including Astron, Estrada and Estrella. It is the main sex hormone in women and is essential to the menstrual cycle. Although estrogen exists in men as well as women, it is found in higher amounts in women, especially those capable of reproducing. Anyways, when you're pregnant your estrogen levels rise, and well, your breast are noticeably larger. After reading and confirming, estrogen is the main hormone connected with breast growth. If you want larger breasts, here's what you can do:
    Start eating different foods that have a higher level of estrogen. Apples, Cherries, Grapes, Tomatoes, and Pomegranates all have a good amount of estrogen. Apples especially. Alfalfa has high traces of phytoestrogens which is called dietary estrogens. Which means it acts like estrogen. Soy is also very high in estrogen, but a warning, soy extracts are BAD for you. If you are going to eat soy, cook your own soy, no soy extracts. Protein laden foods such as: fresh milk, fish, soy products, nuts and seafood, are also said to increase bust. Very last, flaxseed oil! Flaxseed oil is high in fatty acids and omega 3, 6+9. Very good to take for breast enhancement. And if in the end you don't see you bust grow, flaxseed oil capsules also:
    Lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and control high blood pressure, Counter inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts, Control constipation, haemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones, Treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea, Promote healthy hair and nails, Minimise nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling as well as other disorders, Reduce cancer risk and guard against the effects of ageing, Treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis, Fight prostate problems, male infertility and impotence.
    All the food I've listed are healthy, and are not harmful to your health. Also, if you plan to change your diet, as with any diet do not do it in an extreme way. Slowly work the different foods into your already existing diet, this is best for you and your body.

    • ANSWER:
      I think that's great advice. You did a great job with the research, information and such.

  18. QUESTION:
    my dad is really bothering me, please answer?
    My dad never really grew up from when he was a kid, in high school he was the 'class clown' and i guess it was okay back then, but now he is still that same old stupid kid. He is never really a father to me, nor a friend, he just sits there on the sofa talking trough the whole movie drinking his beer and eating junk food. He is dangerously overweight and refuses to accept it. this bothers me because i would still like to have a father when i am in college. He has a number of illnesses that would go away if he would loose weight, or just get slightly better, for example, his gout. i think that is how it is spelled at least, but things that irritate it such as bacon, he eats almost every day, and not just some, he eats a whole package. its like he doesnt care if he gets to see me graduate from college, get married, have kids... and all that he is supposed to look forward to. I know i am jumping around here, but please keep reading.

    So aside from that, he swears in every single sentence. and even when it is not needed... he is so racist it is unbelievable. He cant call african americans by any other name than the n word. whe he sees japanese people, or asians he has nothing but negative statements. Dont even get me started on Russians... its horrible and i hate it so much!

    When i was younger my father would punish me for the slightest thing, such as accidentally knocking over a vase. he would go get his 'leather belt' and smack me all over very hard, i would get bruises all over my body for weeks. I was very stubborn then, and still am, but every time he would hit me, i would just get even more angry, when he would say 'STOP CRYING RIGHT NOW OR I WILL HIT YOU AGAIN!' i would scream even louder. now he just curses at me and calls me a spoiled b****.

    He is rarely home, because he works in a chemical plant in saudi arabia, we had to move to bahrain to be 'closer to him' after they had just told me that we were never leaving the states (we had moved several times before) i was crying every night for a year before i could function properly. Now i am enjoying it here, but every time he comes home i have to just stay in my room, at a friends house, or go running to avoid any contact with him. If i talk to him, then things just get awkward and we both end up walking away...

    once again im sorry that this was so confusing, i dont know how to put everything in words, i have never been too good with words, but please try your best to answer. my simplified question is: how can i make things better, (PLEASE DONT SUGGEST TALKING ABOUT IT TO HIM, I TRIED ONCE MADE THINGS WORSE) or how can i just deal with it???
    im 13 by the way

    • ANSWER:
      understand that every person is who he or she wants to be just like u are who u are if u dont like the situation move out ...I know what ur going through tho my dad has gout too its hard to cope with can drink beer eat meat etc...and my dad and I never got along the best thing I ever did was move out when I was 17 ....it was really really hard because well ur 17 lol but once I did and I was on my own working hard my father finally looked at me as an equal and I could stand up too him and what at the time I felt was arrogance ...now Im 24 and my dad finally realized if he didnt start to take care of himself he would die and he wouldnt get too see all the fun things life has to offer he changed and now we have so much better of a relationship ...because when ur there all the time they dont have time to miss u right when ur gone it makes them think good luck and for now the only thing I can suggest is take it day by day ...or u could always ask him out for coffee and confront him one on one in a public place.....he cant yell and act ubsurd if ur in public right?

  19. QUESTION:
    Body building question (10 points)?
    Hey there. I am 15 years old and I do take weightlifting quite seriously. All of my life I have felt the need to be stronger than the majority of people so I have trained hard to achieve these results. I was getting really great results when I was 13 years old but since then my father has gotten gout which is a build up of uric acid in the joints which is found in high protein foods. This means that we have gone on a diet that is full of lots of carbohydrates which most of you body builders know is not the ideal food for those looking for achieving a strong and good looking body. (Pasta, bread, pizza, etc.)

    With this, I haven't been gaining as I wish to and have considered taking protein or Creatine supplements. To be honest I have complained often about our diet because I wish to eat higher protein foods but can not because the health of my father. I am in a very difficult situation. Do you think that I should take supplements? If so should I take Creatine or Whey Protein?

    If you have an alternate suggestion it is welcome and appreciated. I need help from fellow athletes more than ever now that it is summer. Thank you in advance and the best answer will receive 10 points.
    Thanks Pooky, but body builders don't necessarily want to be skinny. We want to gain lean muscle mass which vegetables can not support. Your answer is appreciated anyways.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink whey protein shakes but don't use creatine. Not a good idea to use creatine when underage. Protein shakes will help you get enough protein and they're not unhealthy.

  20. QUESTION:
    Serious life determining family question. Help!?
    Lately, my Dad had a series of a gout. After about 4 days of having it, he failed a test at his job so he has to study for about 2 weeks again on the topic. He picked me up today after school after my debate class ended. Instead of walking home, he came to pick me up. After I came home, I started to read a little bit of anime/manga on the internet for about an hour. He got mad at me because he came to pick me up but I was doing wasn't studying. After going back into his room, my mom came from Houston with my grandparents. After my grandparents left to their houses, my mom came inside and prepared dinner. At dinner, I was eating my food and I asked my Dad about making myself a bank account prior to me asking him a week ago. (He agreed to do it) My parents and I started talking about stuff and I asked my Dad if we could go to the bank tomorrow. He then angrily replied about his situation and how he's sick right now. I then got self-centered and sulky. He then got even more angry when he saw me. He started talking about his situation and said do you think I can go at a situation like this? I replied no it's ok and put up my plate. He then stood up and started to hit my head that my glasses came off and started to punch me. He then started saying how I was a good-for-nothing person and told me to never ask for a ride again. As I started to cry, I ran out the house with athletic shorts, a t-shirt, and sandals. I sat at a place near a road someplace from my house. After about 1~2hours of thinking and walking on the road, I came back home. (My dad went out to look for me) I came back telling my Mom that I wanted to go to a "shelter" where youths can go. (My mom then explained the situation to me about his stress/struggles etc.) As I heard my Dad park in front of the house, I ran upstairs. When I ran upstairs, my mom told me to either move out or my dad was going to move out. I told her I wanted to move out but my mom said to both move out. I started to pack my things when I heard my dad leave the house with his car. I don't know if I should go to the shelter and start over or just run away/suicide.
    If you could help me in this situation, that would be REALLY kind of you. I'm struggling right now because I don't know what to do. Please help me with ideas or ways I could fix this situation.

    I'm 15years old, Korean, in an average family.

    Thanks for reading the long passage. Have a nice day.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry you're having such a hard time, sweetie. My father beat me and my sisters brutally when I was living at home. I spent my entire childhood terrified of him, and he did permanent structural damage to all three of us that causes us pain to this day... so I think I might understand how you feel. You are not alone -- many of us have been there. But that was long ago and there was nothing anyone could do to help me and my sisters. These days there is much that can be done to help you if you really need help.

      Please do not kill yourself!! Life is like a roller coaster for all of us... it goes up to good times and down to bad times, then back up and down over and over. When we are in our bad times, that means good times are ahead of us. Hang on! There are many wonderful, beautiful times ahead of you in life where you will be very happy. Don't throw your life away; there is nothing wrong with you.

      Please do not go to a shelter. There are bad people out there on the street in every town who could hurt you. You need a safe place to go.

      Neither one of your parents should have acted like they did. Shame on them both.

      If your father normally hits you like that, you need to tell your school counsellor and you need to get help. If abuse can be proven, Child Protective Services can take you out of your home and put you in a foster home where you will have food, shelter, clothing, and hopefully a lot of love. You do not have to live with abuse or be on the street, either one. There are other choices.

      If this is the only time your father has acted like this, then it is because he is in terrible pain and he's not thinking straight because of the pain. In that case, stay out of his way as much as you can and do everything you can to keep peace in your family, and this problem should be over soon. And don't let his cruel words hurt you because he doesn't mean them. Neither does your mother if she is under a lot of stress, and it sounds like she is. Sometimes we all do and say things we shouldn't.

      Here is a web site set up to help teens in trouble anywhere in the country, and they have a phone number for you to call.
      http://www.child.net/teenhelp.htm

      I will be thinking about you and praying for you. I hope you will let us know how this works out for you and I hope everything works out well. With any luck this was just a once-in-a-lifetime mistake that won't ever happen again.

  21. QUESTION:
    My Case - Help Required?
    Emotional Nature:

    Very much emotional in nature, I couldn’t attain any intellectual attainments / Aspirations becozof this Anxiety problem. Always worried in nature. Few friends. Sharing Good relation. Now getting away from them and also from relatives.I want to keep my wife and baby happy. This Anxiety is preventing everyones happiness. Always in thinking mode. Prone to accidents becoz of that.

    Food : Like Chocolates, Spicy, Tangy Items.Chinese food. Doesn’t like salty / Oily food.

    Anxiuos Personality .

    Very Much sensitive to cold now a days for the past 3-4 years. Couldn’t bear winter. Palms and Sole are always cold like a Hypothermic person. Blood circulation is very poor. Shiver if I go out for a walk in cold climate or take bath in cold water, even if it’s during summer. So, fear of taking part in water games also becoz of Shivering problem. Fear of going to cold places. But can withstand A/C cold.

    Taking warm water bath.

    Sleep is not refreshing. no peaceful sleep. Constant wandering of thoughts about Health and Business Plus Income Tax. Dream about searching for my Car or Bike on the road or parking lot with tension. Thinking it must have been lost. Inability to sleep after 4.00 P.M

    Headache always . Above the eye and on the neck. Also on the top right side.

    Loss of Sexual Desire. ED. On an Average Monthly Once.That also with Some Ayurvedic Medicines.

    Business is up and Down. Couldn’t digest the down time.I was having tension about the future till 2000. Was working for a company. Not great. Self esteem was low. I was good when I hv started the business. During the lean phase I feel my self esteem has gone for a task. Very bad now.

    Have One twin brother. Tall and stout. Fraternal Twins. He is in the USA as the Recruitment Director. He is hvg BP and Diabetes and Gout Problem. Often get tooth problem also. He has twoChildren, male.

    Father was a diabetic and Hypertensive. Anxious Personality. Never shown that to anyone. I came to know when Doctors were talking when he was at his last stage. I have personally seen his Health Deterioration. High Sugar. Used to eat lots of milk sweets.Cardiac Problem.He died in the year 1992 at the age of 52 due to Myo cardial Infraction and Multiple Organ Failure due to diabetes. That has affected my Mind very much. I used to feel that I also have everything. That got manifested. Always thinking about diseases.

    Mother is 60 years now. Got Operated for Ulcer Twice. Utrus was removed 14 years back. She is having Glucoma, BP, Diabetes and Arthiritis. Recently diagonized for Diabetes.

    Grand Mother (fathers Side) Expired last year at the age of 94. BP and diabetic patient for more than 60 years.

    Routine & Food Habit:

    Go to bed at 11.45 P.M. Sleep at 12.00 A.M. Gets up sharp at 2.20 A.M daily then sleep immediately or awake for some times. Sleep and again getup at 4.00 A.M. After that no peaceful sleep. Constant wandering of thoughts about Health and Business Plus Tax. Money is going go in taxes fully. Then I need to sell the house to pay for that. Body heart, eyes and Kidney, Liver is affected. I’ll die soon. I am going to go bankrupt like thoughts. Mind is always fearful and loaded with Thoughts.

    Go for walk at 6.30A.M for 40-45 Min. Don’t go some times , thinking fearful thoughts. Thinking about eye floater, Health etc., Coffee @ 7.30 A.m
    Then taking bath @ 8.30 A.M. Pooja @ 9.00 A.M

    Breakfast – Idlis ( 5 Nos ) or Dosa- 3 Nos or Cereal / Oats 1 Cup with Milk or Upma – 200-250 Grms @ 9.15-930 A.M
    Work from 9.45 A.M-7.30 P.M. Then Night also. Continuous sittiing posture
    Cucumber- 1 plate @ 11.30 A.M
    Lunch- 4 Chapatis with VegDishes and 1 Cup rice with Curd @ 1.40 P.M
    Some snacks in between. It may contain fried items but not very often
    Coffee- 1 Cup @ 5.15 P.M
    Dinner-3 Chapatis and 1 Cup rice @ 8.45 P.M
    Apple or Grapes or seasonal fruits @ 10.00 P.M

    Used to eat out items like Noodles ( very rare ) , Roti / sabji

    General

    Hypertensive. I was found to be having high B.P in the year 1990. All the parameters were normal except B.P. Anxiety Problem. Fear of Everything. Neck pain. Buildup slowly since morning.

    Operated for Left side Inguinal Hernia in the year 1992.

    Suffered with Jaundice Twice.

    Complaints

    -Diabetic Since 2002 (Known). At that time of Diagnosis Sugar level was 300. GTL. It must hv setted long before. That time itself i was having peripheral pain.

    Pains and Swelling

    -Uneven Sensation during walking. Some times I get prickling sensation on the sole. And pain on the peripheral side esp on left and right hand / legs lower extreme below knee and on it also some times. Little pain on the Joints also. -Ankle part swells after travel / stand for more than 2 hrs. Started 2 years back after delhi trip. Even it’s a trip to Mumbai/pune city then also you can visualize the change in Ankle size. That’s creating lots of Mental tension.Left angle and bone area is larger cicumfrence than ri

    • ANSWER:
      brother it seems you have a pretty normal health..the cause of your problems is tension...these days people are on a look out of outer comfort ..thats fine , nothing wrong with that but we forget that without inner peace and comfort outer will have no meaning

      I can gather that you have a sensitive nature and are prone to stress easily.
      There is only one way to solve your probs for good- that is taking control of your life. We often think that how can life be in our control; after all cretain things arent in our control?? but we are wrong as we have the power to dominate/ control our mind and life but unfortunately its mostly other way around for most of us. So for that control the best thing for you would be yoga. Learn ashtanga yoga from an expert.Just dont learn pranayam and asana but learn and follow the whole system with yam and niyam. You will be amazed to see the huge difference it will make to all areas of your life and not just mind or health.For diabetes manduk asana and creatin pranayams are very good .Ofcourse your instructor will tell you about others too and dos and donts.For good health and saving your self from aggravated conditions you must do it as all big diseases begin from stress and lack of general health only

      about your foot problem - consult the doctor.If you have too much tension to lead a normal life- see a psychiatrist as it can be bcos of some general mind problem.
      begin with a mantra from today

  22. QUESTION:
    my mum is too tied down to leave my dad. we feel trapped.?
    we have a big house with a big mortgage and a business run at home. we also have a LOT of animals. over the years my parents have argued constantly. i never felt like i bonded with my dad, its like my brother is his favourite, but i just found out he was in prison when i was born. maybe thats why. he smoked a LOT of pot, he was addicted and my mum asked him to choose because i developed asthma and even the smell of smoke makes me ill. all the good memories i have of him i found out now that he was either drunk or high, and he gets very angry. he has NEVER hit me my brother or my mum, but he says very nasty things and my mum remembers me telling her that i was scared of dad when he got angry because he bares his teeth like a dog, gets to your eye level and speaks like he's growling at you. he hasnt done that for a while but about 5 years ago my mum asked him to go to the doctors and have his head checked out, he agreed to go and came back, he told us he had gout and that it affected his mood, i think thats a lie, he also said that the doctor told him red wine was not the cause of his pain, but red vegetables were and he should cut down on them. i have done a little research however and discovered that all alcohol, and red meat should be cut down, if not cut out of your diet entirely- my dad has at least 3 servings of meat a day, and he can not go 1 week without having a drink, he is in fact at the pub this very moment and this is the 26th day in a row, he doesnt know im counting but i hope that if i show him this he'll get help. i dont know whether he is an alcoholic, but i do think he uses alcohol as a substitute to replace all the weed he used to smoke, among other drugs.
    my mum wants to leave him, she has done for a long time now but our animals ARE our family, we have 6 dogs, and a cat which my mum is concerned about and i have 2 snakes and 2 fish tanks and a hamster. we cant find anywhere that allows animals, even though i am a dog groomer with OCD, the house would be COMPLETELY hair and smell free!!! my mum is a keen gardener so the back garden wouldnt be covered in poop, they wont move on this rule though saying they cant make exceptions no matter how many times a day we clean the house. my dad fell out with my mum's family so we dont speak to them anymore, the he fell out with his family and we dont speak to them, its almost as if he's done everything he can to keep us under control, and as long as we obey like loyal little labradors he's fine, but if we speak our minds he goes off his head. he's convinced that my mum puts ideas into me and my brother's heads because we are older now and dont feel as supressed, we speak out, but they are my words! my thoughts, my feelings, nobody told me to say anything. when we were little he would argue in front of us so he could try and 'get the kids on side'. im my own person and i dont want to be controlled anymore, i really dont know what im asking for here, i just need to say something. i know what i want, i want him to leave us alone, failing that; to have enough money to leave. and have the luck to find a place so we dont have to rehome our pets. i'd live in a caravan and busk the streets to get away, but is more money-orientated, she worries she wont be able to afford rent and food, i think the rent is more important, im willing to live off rice and water for months on end because i dont eat much anyway, but she is so much more concerned about the what-ifs.
    also, i have my own business, its not a very good one but i dont want to let my customers down. she gets to escape this week in Scotland with her best friend, who i call my auntie, we arent blood related but she the closest family member i have other than my immediate family, i have to stay here, with him, and just make sure the pets are looked after because he couldnt care less about them. all i can do is avoid him, shouldnt be hard if he stays drunk for the rest of the week, but im just sad he wont get help. he's a rubbish dad, but he's still my father and i feel like im obligated to care about him, children should love their parents, right?

    • ANSWER:
      You're in a tough situation. I think you should talk to your dad. He might be an awful father, but at least he's never hit you. Make sure you don't sound like you're accusing him. Just tell him you want him to get help. And why, and also I think you should show him this. I really hope this helps. Also if this doesn't work and you decide to leave with your mum, I think you should sell the pets, the money from them might help.