What Is Gout
A kind of arthritis, gout is characterized by frequent acute inflammatory arthritis attacks. Gout occurs when there is an inflammation in the joints, and this usually happens in the big toe, which becomes red sore, warm, and tender. Gout can also affect ankles, heels, wrists, and fingers. It is always accompanied by severe pain, lumps in different parts, inflammation, and stiff joints.
Statistics reveal that roughly 1-2% of the Western population gets affected by gout at some point in their lives. In the United States, about 840 out of 100,000 people suffer from gout, with men more at the risk of developing the disease.
What Causes Gout
The primary reason behind gout is the accumulation of too much uric acid in the human body. This state of high degree uric acid in the blood is called hyperuricemia. Though not harmful, a high level of uric acid is the result of eating too much food that contains purines. Purines get broken down in the body as uric acid. The high levels can also be caused when it fails to get removed from the body through the kidneys.
The presence of excess uric acid creates crystals in the joints, which prick like needles in intense attacks of gout. Hyperuricemia is not the only cause of gout. Anyone with a family history of gout is likely to inherit the disease. It has been revealed that men are most vulnerable to attacks of gout than women. Even those who are more prone to alcohol have greater chances of being affected by this disease.
Obesity is another significant cause of gout. Recent studies have shown that prolonged exposure to a lead-prone environment can cause gout. Even eating food, which has too much of the purine substance, can cause gout. Medical research has shown that consumption of certain medicines, such as diuretics, aspirin, cyclosporine, or levodopa, and the vitamin niacin are harmful because they have been linked to serious and intense gout attacks.
Gout Remedies, Treatment and Prevention
No matter how severe the pain of gout may be, there are numerous natural, alternative therapies to prevent, control gout and its symptoms of swelling and pain, thereby reducing the chances of permanent disability.
Changing your diet will be one of the most important things you can do to reverse gout attacks. The common belief is that eating high-purine foods causes gout attacks. Organ meats, anchovies, mushrooms, asparagus, and herring are some gout foods to avoid. When your body breaks down the purine in these foods, uric acid is produced, which in turn elevates your blood levels and wreaks havoc on your joints. This is why the conventional gout diet that most health experts recommend doesn’t contain high-purine foods.
However, many people are not aware that there is another dietary culprit that wrecks your uric acid levels, putting you at high risk of gout: high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
A study conducted by US and Canadian researchers found that consuming HFCS-containing soda is strongly associated with an increased risk of developing gout. They found that men who consumed two or more sodas per day had an 85 percent higher risk of gout than those who drank less than one a month. The risk also significantly increased in men who consumed five to six servings of soft drinks a week. Fruit juices and high-fructose fruits like oranges and apples also increased the risk. Writes Dr. Mercola in his article Gout Facts and information
While exercise is not recommended while your joints are in pain or when it might cause further injury, once your gout is under control, exercise is needed as a necessary adjunct to a healthier lifestyle. Exercise will even help prevent further attacks by increasing circulation and normalizing your uric acids levels, which it does primarily by normalizing your insulin levels.39 An exercise routine has other advantages as well. Studies have shown that it works as an effective antidepressant,40strengthens your immune system so it can fight off diseases like cancer,41 and it can even improve insulin resistance and reverse pre-diabetic conditions. Dr. Mercola writes in his article 5 Steps To Overcoming Gout Naturally
Prevention is always the best approach. However, once gout is present there are several lifestyle changes you can make to reduce pain and prevent recurrent attacks. Avoid sugars, alcohol, processed foods, and pretty much everything that contributes to chronic inflammation. There are several ways to reduce inflammation such as adopting an anti-inflammatory diet, juicing especial combination of fruits and vegetables that reduce inflammation. Consuming healing spices such as Turmeric, ginger and black seed oil have been proven to help reduce inflammation. Even better, try my Ancient Golden Paste recipe which targets inflammation on the spot.
Getting enough sleep, exercising moderately to a level that doesn’t make the pain worse, is recommended because sitting or laying actually makes things worse. Supplementing with a good source of Omega 3’s and Vitamin D are some of the best supplements when treating gout naturally for their anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
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