What is gout? Gout, a very painful condition commonly in the joints of the body, is caused by a high level of uric acid in the blood , which results in deposits of uric acid crystals in the joints. Uric acid will normally dissolve in the blood through the kidneys and into the urine, but sometimes the kidneys are unable to cope resulting in a high level of uric acid, or urates, in the blood stream.Urate is a by-product of the breakdown of substances called purines which occur naturally in the cells of our bodies and to varying degrees in the food and drinks we consume. Gout Relief: It is possible to achieve relief from gout, or dramatically reduce the chances of a gout attack, by natural means. Creating a suitable diet and lifestyle are probably the most important factors. For example, you:
- Should drink plenty of water every day, water helps to prevent uric acid crystals forming by keeping your body very well hydrated which helps your kidneys flush excess uric acid out of your body.
- Should eat a well-balanced diet, try to lose any excess weight to achieve an ideal body weight, do regular physical activity, exercise can help the kidney function better.
- Should eat foods that have low purine content, such as: – Eggs, milk, butter, cheese, potatoes. Low-fat and fat-free cheeses, yogurt and ice cream. Cream-style soups made with low-fat milk, soups made without meat extract or broth. Grain products such as bread, crackers, pasta, noodles, spaghetti, rice; nuts and seeds Fruit, including fresh cherries (highly recommended), strawberries, blueberries, and other red-blue berries, bananas, mandarins, oranges. Vegetables including kale, cabbage, parsley, green-leafy varieties. Drink coffee, tea, cocoa, and carbonated drinks.
- Should avoid drinking too much alcohol – especially beer, stout, port and fortified wines.
- Should cut down on foods that have a very high purine content, such as: – Red meat, game, offal, processed meats (luncheon meat, sausages, hot dogs etc.). Seafood, especially oily fish such as mackerel, tuna, sprats, pilchards, sardines, herring and anchovies. Shellfish, including shrimp, crab, mussels, scallops and lobster. Various vegetables (asparagus, cauliflower, lentils, mushrooms, peas, oatmeal and spinach). Rich foods, cakes, biscuits, sugar products and white flour products. Fried foods and any food cooked in oil.
Herbs can also form part of a healthy diet and some herbs that are specifically used for gout relief are:
- Devils Claw
- Willow Bark
Gout can not be cured but an attack can be relieved and the chances of an attack re-occurring can be reduced by embracing these 4 suggestions:
- Avoid very high or high purine foods., Especially water and fruit juice
- Drink lots of liquids, especially water and fruit juice.
- Take frequent exercise
- Try to identify anything that brings an attack of gout and take steps to avoid it in future.