Great pain is associated with gout. This chronic condition, sometimes called the rich man’s disease or hyperuricemia, mercilessly attacks the joints when, due to different factors for each individual, uric acid is not processed in the kidneys correctly. This surplus of uric acid needs someplace to go when it cannot be eliminated due to the inability to be broken down. Therefore, it embeds itself in the joints, primarily the big toe, ankles, wrists and fingers. It then crystallizes, expands and causes inflammation and pain.
Fortunately, there are great western medicines that band-aid the pain rather well. However, dietary steps can be taken to possibly control and in some cases eliminate gout without dangerous side effects sometimes associated with prescription medicine. Foods high in the chemical purine should be avoided at all cost. Keep in mind that all bodies react differently to high purine foods. The best thing to do is cut these foods out of your diet and slowly implement them over the course of two to three weeks. If you get a flare up shortly thereafter, it is probably due to that particular food. In addition, checking with your doctor about diet change or alternative remedies, especially if you are taking medication, is recommended. Here are some of the top culprits:
1. Alcohol – Beer and Wine
Lactic acid is one of the by products of alcohol, primarily beer and wine. This in turn creates a competition for elimination with uric acid in the kidneys. Unfortunately, the lactic acid wins, leaving extra uric acid to embed in the joints. Studies show that as little as one drink per day contributes to gout flare ups.
2. Fish and Shellfish – Anchovies, Sardines, Mussels, Lobster, Shrimp and Scallops
Fluctuating Ph levels can also affect gout. Fish and shellfish are above average in acidity and can drastically change the Ph level in the body.
3. Organ Meats – Liver, Kidney, Heart and Tongue
Organ meats are loaded with purines which contribute to uric acid buildup. This includes a pate’ spread.
4. Meat – Red Meat, Bacon and Turkey
Deep red meat, like steak, is high in purine. Any bacon, including turkey bacon, as well as turkey itself affect gout.
5. Vegetables – Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Aparagus, Spinach, Peas and Beans
Although vegetables are often minimal in their uric acid capability, these few can still possibly be a problem.
Following a doctor’s treatment by using prescription remedies for gout is often recommended however, if your doctor is not against a natural solution there are some to choose from.
- Cherry Juice -Concentrate – this juice has been associated with decreasing inflammation, therefore it is an excellent application for gout relief. Buying cherry juice in concentrate form and mixing it with water is easy, fast and safe. For chronic gout sufferers, a dosage of three glasses per day for about two weeks and then one glass everyday for life. Yes, for life.
- Celery Seed Extract- it may sound crazy, but taking celery seed has been proven to lower uric acid levels in rats. Humans have reported excellent results especially when combining celery with cherry juice. Use the same dosage as cherry juice and you should see an improvement within the month.