Gout is an extremely common condition that occurs when the circulatory system becomes overwhelmed with uric acid. The uric acid eventually forms into sodium urate crystals in the joints.
Once these crystals start to accumulate, the joints become swollen and extremely painful. Gout usually appears in the knees, ankles, writs, and elbows.
The most common spot of inflammation is in the joints of the feet, at the base of the big toe.
Uric acid build up is most common in middle-aged men and women after menopause. Doctors believe that gout also runs in the family.
However, one of the most important factors in the development of gout is a person’s diet.
Gout attacks usually take place without prior warning and are described as an onset of excruciating pain in the joints, swelling, inflammation, and extreme sensitivity to touch.
In severe cases, many people have also reported rapid heartbeat, fever, and chills. If left untreated, the symptoms can carry on for several days. Afterward, the symptoms disappear until the next attack.
If the condition is completely ignored, eventually restricted joint formation will develop due to the hard crystal lumps growing in or near the joints.
Gout is also seriously aggravated in the case of high blood pressure or diabetes, due to the poor function of the kidneys.
The main causes of gout include high uric acid levels produced by the liver or the excessive intake of purine-rich foods. Our body converts purine into uric acid and thus contributes to the accumulation of deposits in the joints.
It has also been documented that the regular consumption of alcohol can also cause gout, since it increases the uric acid production by interfering with the function of the kidneys.
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Diet & Lifestyle Suggestions
Those who suffer from gout should try to avoid acid-forming foods. For example, sugar, flour, processed/refine foods, dairy, friend food, soft drinks and sugary beverages, tobacco, and alcohol.
As mentioned earlier, avoiding purine-rich foods is an essential step in fighting uric acid buildup.
For example, red meat, mushrooms, anchovies, asparagus, herring, sardines, meat gravies and broths, mussels, organ meat, beans, and soy milk are all loaded with purines that can cause gout.
Instead, try to consume plenty of fruits and veggies but avoid tomatoes, asparagus, spinach, strawberry, cauliflower, rhubarb, and peas.
According to Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS, the gout diet can provide fast relief from this painful condition and actually address the real cause of gout.
He suggests that a gout sufferer should consume:
“High-fiber foods – High fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that are high in fiber which can help reduce uric acid.
Potassium-rich foods – Foods high in potassium like avocado, raw cultured dairy, coconut water, salmon, squash, bananas, and apricots can help balance intracellular fluid relieving gout.
Fresh berries and cherries – Berries and especially cherries can help neutralize uric acid.
Wild-caught fish – Omega-3s help reduce inflammation and can help overcome gout pain.
Water – Drink plenty of water, at least 8 oz every 2 hours to flush uric acid out of your system.”
If you suffer from gout, don’t forget to exercise regularly, for at least half an hour daily, three times a week.
The consumption of fresh green vegetable juices will help you detoxify the body, regulate the pH levels, fight inflammation, and heal the gut.
Cabbage and celery will help the breaking down of uric acid and its elimination, and thus will relieve gout and arthritis pain.
Dr. Josh Axe adds:
“Researchers have identified over a dozen different types of antioxidants that are responsible for the benefits of celery — these include such phenolic acids as caffeic acid and ferulic acid, plus flavaols like quercetin.
This makes celery useful for treating a wide range of conditions that are made worse by inflammation: joint pain (such as from arthritis), gout, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, and urinary tract infections, just to name a few.”
Cucumbers, papaya, and pineapples fight inflammation and helping the treatment of gout. Beets and bitter gourds cleanse the liver and the kidneys of toxins, boost their functions, and prevent the formation of uric acid crystals.
Here are some beneficial juice combinations you can try in order to prevent and treat gout symptoms:
- 2 green apples (or chayote) + 6 ribs of celery + ¼ cabbage + thumb-size ginger
- 2 carrots + ½ celeriac + 1 fennel + 1 cucumber + ¼ lemon slice
- 1 green apples + 1 cucumber + 1 small bitter gourd + ¼ lemon slice
- 1 cucumber + 1 medium-sized beetroot + ¼ lemon slice + thumb-size ginger
- 2 carrots + 1 cucumber + 8 ribs of celery
- 2 green apples + 1 cucumber + 1 fennel + 6 leaves of big kale + ¼ lemon slice + thumb-size ginger
- 6 ribs of celery + ½ small pineapple + ¼ lemon + thumb-size ginger
- 1 shot of wheatgrass juice, neat with a squeeze of lemon
Gout Diet Dos & Don’ts
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Sources : Higherperspectives