I thought old people got gout. I'm not old! Don't people get that from being over weight and eating foods that are high in fat? I'm not old, not excessively overweight, though I could stand to loose a few pounds. I eat a pretty healthy diet. How could I have gout? Here are some answers: Gout is a form of rheumatoid arthritis. It can be very painful. Symptoms come on without warning and include severe pain in nearly any joint but are primarily seen in the ankles, hands, wrists, knees or feet. Most commonly the big toe is affected with swelling continuing into the upper foot.
The affected area will most likely be tender, red and swollen, limiting flexibility and movement. The area may also develop a red or purplish coloring. Many times the affected area may feel feverish, hot to the touch and the individual may actually run a fever as the body fights to remove the excess uric acid. Gout is often thought of as the "Rich Man's Disease" brought on by consuming foods rich in purines. Purines break down to uric acid. Purines are a natural substance found in all the cells of the body and in all food sources. Simply put, protein rich foods produce more purine in the body (foods such as meat, meat products and seafood).
Gout is also often associated with eating a lot of sweets. Alcohol consumption may add to the problem as well. With a diet high in meat products, sweets or alcohol consumption it's not uncommon for the person to be overweight, another leading factor in uric acid accumulation. Surprisingly however people who consume extremely low calorie diets can also get gout. Fast weight loss is often a cause. People with high blood pressure or kidney problems are more likely to develops bouts of gout. The good news is that gout gradually goes away with a few changes in diet and drinking plenty of fluids. Here are some tips to help ease the pain and speed up the process:
One of my favorite herbs is Dandelion. This herb is a powerful diuretic, which also acts as a blood purifier helping to cleanse the liver and spleen. This action also helps support the kidneys to detoxify the blood and eliminate poisons. While conventional diuretics usually lead to a loss of potassium, using dandelion leads to a gain in the mineral because of its high content in the herb. You can drink dandelion from an infusion or tincture, or you may take it in capsule form. Take caution in using dandelion if you have gallbladder concerns or suffer with gallstones.
Devils Claw: This herb is useful for getting rid of gout because of it's ability to lower uric acid concentration and because it helps flush out toxic waste.
Nettle: Works as an antihistamine to help reduce swelling. The nettle leaf also contains vitamin C and Potassium. Vitamin C helps to reduce uric acid levels while Potassium is a mineral, classified as an electrolyte. It regulates acid-base balance throughout your body playing a role in protein synthesis from amino acids and in carbohydrate metabolism which in turn helps eliminate the uric acid from your body. Nettle root is also a diuretic and helps alleviate symptoms of gout by getting the kidneys to excrete the excess acid. While this is good, dehydration is not. Be sure to drink plenty of water. It is important to flush excess uric acid from the body by drinking lots of water. Fluids will help dilute the concentration of uric acid in the body.
Other beneficial beverages include: Dandelion Tea, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Black Currant Leaf Tea, Tart Cherry Juice, Strawberry Leaf Tea, Citrus Fruit Juices, Raspberry Tea, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice
Eat fresh citrus fruits
Eliminate coffee and all other caffeine sources from the diet.
Limit meats, particularly red meats, pork, processed meats and shellfish.
Regular exercise helps reduce symptoms of gout by increasing circulation which improves
lymph function and promotes the excretion of toxins thereby improving the overall condition.
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