Gout: Do You Need To Suffer?

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Gout: Do You Need To Suffer?

Written by: Lilla Bessenyei

Gout is a painful disease, which mostly affects the older population. Men between the ages 40-50 have a greater risk of developing gout than women. In women, the risk increases after menopause.

It’s caused by too high uric acid levels in the blood; the uric acid aggregates in needle-like crystals in the joints and soft tissues. In the distressed joints, these crystals can provoke inflammatory arthritis.

Gout Has 4 Stages:

1. Asymptomatic Hyperuricemia – The person has elevated uric acid levels, but no symptoms yet. No immediate action needed.

2. Acute Gout Or Acute Gouty Arthritis – Uric acid crystals are deposited in the joint spaces. This can suddenly lead to inflammatory periods with swollen joints, intense pain, warmness and tenderness around the affected area. These attacks usually arise at night and subside within 3-10 days.

3. Interval Or Intercritical Gout – No symptoms are present, the periods between acute attacks.

4. Chronic Tophaceous Gout – In this stage permanent damage has occurred in the joints and sometimes even in the kidneys. It takes a longer time, such as 10 years to cause perpetual disabilities.

Factors That Trigger Gout Attacks:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs 

Things That Promote Hyperuricemia And Gout:

  • Weight gain
  • Alcohol
  • Genetics
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Lead exposure
  • Medications (diuretics, aspirin, cyclosporine, levodopa) 

How To Relieve Gout:

1. Diet

For patients with hyperuricemia and gout, a special diet is advised: a low-purine diet.

Foods to avoid – high-purine foods: anchovies, asparagus, beef kidneys, brains, dried beans and peas, game meats, gravy, herring, liver, mackerel, mushrooms, sardines, scallops, sweetbreads.

Low-Purine foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains.

Also, special cooking methods can be used such as pre-cooking the food, not using its broth, cooking without oils, particularly avoiding animal fats.

2. Alkalizing

Alkalizing can help neutralize the uric acid and therefore, reduce uric acid crystal formation.

Drink 0.5-1 teaspoon of baking soda a few times a week. Incorporate alkaline foods and green juices into your diet.

Alkaline foods: green leafy vegetables, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, citrus fruits.

3. Juice

Drinking juice not only provides you the essential vitamins and minerals, but it can also help your body to eliminate toxins and uric acid. In addition, many plants have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which can help you to alleviate pain and inflammation.

Drink more juice daily. Here’s a recipe to help get you started.

Pineapple Turmeric Drink To Fight Gout

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 medium pineapple
  • 1 cup of tart cherry juice
  • 1-inch fresh ginger root 

Instructions: Put the flesh of the pineapple into a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Store in a glass container in your fridge.

I’d recommend drinking a few ounces every day to prevent gout attacks. It’s also effective during the times when your joints are inflamed.

The tart cherry juice helps to reduce the uric acid in the blood. Turmeric’s active substance, curcumin, is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. Ginger and pineapple relieve inflammation and improve digestion.

Do you have any experience with gout, maybe you or someone you know? Share with us your thoughts, tips and experiences in the comments below – we would love to hear from you!

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Lilla Bessenyei, Pharm.D.
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Lilla Bessenyei, Pharm.D.

Lilla Bessenyei is a pharmacist and writer. It has been through her own experience that she realized that health and happiness start with what you put in your body and mind - including your thoughts. She is an avid researchers and has learned a lot about health and medicine. In her studies, she found that cultivating healthy emotions were just as important (if not more so) as a healthy diet. She is a fitness junkie, enjoys the numerous benefits of a vegan diet and enjoys helping people discover true health and happiness.
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