Implementing a specific anti-gout diet regimen is of essential importance in the treatment of gout.
What is gout?
Gout is referred to as a disorder that affects the entire body. It develops as a result of heavy deposits of sodium urate crystals that accumulate in joints due to hypruricemia, or high uric acid levels in blood.
Excess uric acid tends to crystallize over time usually in cool parts of the body like ankles, knees, wrists and elbows. This is more common in the foot area, especially at the very base of the big toe. Uric acid crystals are less likely to appear in the spine, hips and shoulders.
Gout is more common in middle-aged men. When it comes to women, it develops in the postmenopausal period.
Experts believe that gout has something to do with genes. If someone in your family has it, it is quite possible that you will have it too. Genetic predisposition is a logical explanation, because gout is tightly associated with diet, and one family has pretty much the same taste for food. Rich and heavy meals are a major culprit for gout.
When not treated, gout attacks are more frequent and spread to other joints. Severe gout may cause joint damage and deformity. Unfortunately, gout is usually neglected. In this article we give you a few useful tips on how to relieve your gout. Switch to a healthier lifestyle, and seek for the most efficient natural remedies. We give you a nice one.
Symptoms of gout
It is interesting how gout attack harass without any specific warning. The pain occurs in one or more joints, usually during the night. Inflammation, swelling, warmth and extreme sensitivity are some of the sensations sufferers feel in their joints.
Severe gout attacks are accompanied with high fever, chills and rapid heartbeat. When not treated, these attacks can last for a several days. The symptoms shall disappear one at a time, and the joint becomes functional again. The symptoms do not appear until the next attack.
Repeated and untreated attacks affect joint motion, making it progressively restricted. Hard crystals form inside or around joints, under the surface of the skin around the joints, and sometimes even in both kidneys and other vital organs.
Diabetics and patients with hypertension who have gout experience poor kidney function that affects the excretion of uric acid. In this case gout symptoms become even worse and result in tissue or join damage.
Causes of gout
Gout occurs when the liver releases excessive amounts of uric acid or as a result of too much rich foods (meat protein), oftentimes more than the body can eliminate through urination.
Our body convert purines from food into uric acid, which increases the level of uric acid. Unhealthy levels of uric acid in the blood contributes to the formation and deposition of urate crystals in the joints.
Alcohol abuse is another common cause of gout. Alcohol stimulates the production of uric acid, and it also affects the ability of both kidneys do eliminate it from the body. Alcohol and high protein foods together are a major cause of gout.
Introduce healthy dietary and lifestyle changes
When dealing with gout, one have to avoid acidic foods like processed or refined products, flour and sugar products like cakes, pastries, biscuits and other the like. Dairy products, oily and fried foods, soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco are also not recommended.
Anchovies, asparagus, herring, red meat, meat gravy and broth, mushrooms, mussels, organ meat, and sardines should definitely be out of your menu, as they are packed with purines.
Avoid bean products as well. This means that you should not consume soya milk, bean curds, bean sprouts, bean paste, and other the like. These may be vegetarian favorites, but they are also high in purines, so you may want to eat them less often. Eating too much soy and bean products will sure ring the alarm in your big toe.
Make sure you remain physically active. Exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes. Drink plenty of water as well. Gout sufferers often deal with obesity. Melting excess pounds will also aid in reducing urate levels and gout attacks.
Remember, you should eat fresh and organic fruits and veggies, drink enough purified water, and stay away from alcohol.
Here are some of the fruits and vegetables you should avoid when treating gout:
- Tomato/Tomato products
Foods that prevent and relieve gout symptoms
Veggies are your best friend, but there is nothing better than a glass of fresh green juice. Vegetable juices flush out toxins, normalize pH values, improve the function of the intestines and reduce inflammation.
Cabbage and celery are believed to reduce pain induced by arthritis and gout. Juice these vegetable regularly, and combine them with leafy greens like kale. You will notice how your attacks will lessen over time.
Beets and bitter gourds cleanse liver and kidney, and thus enhance their function. This will also protect these organs from toxins.
Pineapple, papaya, and cucumber are powerful anti-inflammatory foods. Eat them more often, and you can come up with some nice ways to add these foods to your menu.
Free your imagination, and play with the ingredients. Here are some delicious combos:
- 2 carrots + 1 cucumber + 8 celery stalks
- 2 green apples + 1 cucumber + 1 fennel + 6 large kale leaves + ¼ lemon slice + thumb-size ginger root
- 2 green apples (or chayote) + 6 celery stalks + ¼ cabbage + thumb-size ginger root
- 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 root
- 6 celery stalks + ½ small pineapple + ¼ lemon + thumb-size ginger root
- Young coconut water (fresh, not the packaged product; drink it every day)
- 1 shot of wheatgrass juice (combine it with a squeeze of lemon juice)
- 40-50 tart cherries (eat them every day)
- Lemongrass-ginger tea
Source: Juicing For Health