Gout is becoming more and more common with up to five million American sufferers. While men in their forties and fifties are more likely to have gout, the numbers in women (after the age of sixty) do rise to almost equal those of men.
This is because once a woman reaches menopause, her body drastically cuts its production of the hormone estrogen – the hormone that helps the kidneys to excrete uric acid.
Of course gout has been found to be caused by excessive uric acid that crystalize in the joints, occurring when the metabolic process that controls the amount of uric acid in the blood breaks down. Gout is a type of arthritis with the symptoms of pain, stiffness and inflammation in the joints.
Your doctor will probably prescribe conventional pharmaceutical medications to treat and relieve the pain and discomfort of gout but it is important to be aware that there are also more natural ways to relieve, treat and even prevent gout.
Good lifestyle choices to make when suffering from gout
High-purine foods can cause gout attacks. These include organ meats, anchovies, mushrooms, asparagus and herring and should be avoided.
- High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) used extensively in the USA in place of sugar is known to damage uric acid levels and raise blood sugar levels, and lead to gout in many. Unfortunately, if you include processed foods in your diet it is hard to avoid the presence of HFCS. Sodas are particularly high in HFCS. Therefore, it is vital to eliminate all types of sugar but especially HFCS.
Grains are another food to avoid as they convert to sugar once consumed.
- Avoid alcohol as it can raise your blood uric acid levels and may even initiate a gout attack.
- As long as they are consumed in moderation, eating fresh cherries and strawberries (for example 10 to 12 daily) can actually be helpful in reducing gout outbreaks. Tart cherries contain anthocyanins and bioflavonoids which are 2 strong antioxidants that can slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxygenase 1 & 2, helping to both relieve and prevent gout and arthritis. Strawberries are a rich source of free radical-fighting antioxidants and in addition, help the body to eliminate uric acid. When out of season, change to concentrated organic unpasteurized berry juice (free of HFCS and other sugars). Another out of season suggestion is to eat organic frozen or canned tart cherries or strawberries.
- Include plenty of fresh vegetables in your diet but replace any non-vegetable carbs with healthy fats (including coconuts and coconut oil, avocados, olives and olive oil, raw butter as well as raw nuts) as these help to optimize and normalize the insulin and leptin levels.
- Include an animal-based omega-3 fat (such as from krill oil or fish oil) to help control inflammation and combat those inflammation-related disorders such as arthritis.
- Drink plenty of water (filtered if possible and free from fluoride) to eliminate toxins and waste products such as uric acid.
- We all need sufficient and healthy levels of vitamin D for so many health reasons including gout. Safe sun exposure is your best method of absorbing vitamin D followed by a D3 supplement when this is not possible.
- Managing your stress levels and including some exercise in your daily routine, avoiding those types of exercise that might aggravate any joint pain. If you take longer than an hour to recover from exercise, slow down or change to a different type.
- Following our grounding or earthing suggestions by walking barefoot on a natural surface (including a body of water such as the sea or a lake shore) and ensuring the benefit of free and even more potent antixodants for gout and other health problems.
- Sufficient high-quality sleep is crucial to all aspects of your good health. While everyone is different, if you still feel tired when you wake up or feel the need for a sleep during the day, you might need to up the number of hours you sleep at night.
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And it does not end with gout
The stiffness and swelling symptoms of gout are of course a result of the excess uric acid forming crystals in your joints. The pain you then feel is caused by your body’s inflammatory response to these crystals.
But it is not just gout that comes from having those high levels of uric acid in your blood. Such high levels can lead to other health conditions too – conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney disease and heart disease.