Gout is an intensely painful disorder caused by the buildup of uric acid.
Although it affects both sexes, men are much more likely by a factor of ten-to
suffer from gout. The condition was once known as the "rich man's
disease," and, in fact, it often strikes people who eat heavy, fatty foods
and who overindulge in alcohol. Although this kind of diet was once solely the
province of the wealthy, one no longer has to be rich to eat poorly. Today, the
disease affects people across the entire spectrum of economic classes.
Uric acid is a metabolic by-product of protein breakdown. Purines raise uric
acid levels in the body. Most purines are created by the body, but a few are
taken in through food and drink. Since purines can't be absorbed, they are
normally broken down by a digestive enzyme that allows them to be dissolved and
passed out of the body in urine. If there is more uric acid than the enzymes
can break down, the acid accumulates in the tissues and the bloodstream.
Eventually, it crystallizes into needle-shaped deposits. These sharp crystals
of uric acid poke their way into the tissue that surrounds a joint and
ultimately penetrate the joint itself. The resulting pain is extreme and is
usually followed by redness and swelling of the joint, which may be highly
sensitive to the touch. The pain may go on for days or even weeks, and unless
the cause of gout is addressed, the attack is likely to recur. A person with
gout is also more likely to suffer from uric acid kidney stones. Gout most
often occurs in the joint at the base of the big toe, but it may also appear in
other locations like the ankle, the thumb, the wrist, the elbow, and even the
Newer research is demonstrating that people with insulin resistance are more
susceptible to gout. It is estimated that 76 percent of people with gout have
insulin resistance. With this condition, the cells become resistant to the
hormone insulin, and blood glucose levels remain high. This in turn leads to
increased insulin levels and a resulting uric acid increase. If you follow a
syndrome X-type diet (one rich in plant foods, moderate protein
consumption-especially fish-and low in saturated fat and refined
carbohydrates), uric acid decreases and the resultant gout flare-ups can be
prevented. This, along with a calorie-restricted diet and exercise, should be
the primary plan for people with gout.
Conventional medicines that lower the levels of uric acid are available, but
you should consider them a last resort. For hundreds of years, the best way to
treat gout has been with diet and detoxification therapies. Sometimes doctors
automatically prescribe medication for gout because they don't believe their
patients will commit to changing their diets. If your doctor suggests medication
for you, explain to him or her that you're willing to try a new eating plan.
You may find that you can forgo harsh medicines entirely.
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The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown
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Prescription for Natural Cures by James F.
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Super Prescription #
1 Celery seed extract: Take 450 mg two to three times daily to treat and prevent
gout. Celery seed extract has anti-inflammatory effects and may reduce uric
#2 Nettle root (Urtica dioica): Nettle root encourages the elimination of uric acid from the
kidneys. Select a product made with the concentrated root extract, and take
250 mg three times a day.
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dosage of a fish oil product, 3 per day split throughout the day. Fish oil
reduces inflammation in the joints.
#4 Chlorella - LifeSource ProductTake 500 mg four times daily. Chlorella is
rich in chlorophyll and works to alkalinize the body.
#5 Bromelain - LifeSource ProductTake 500 mg two to three times daily between
meals. Look for products standardized to 2,400 M.C.U. (milk-clotting units)
#7 Folic Acid - LifeSource
ProductsTake 10 to 40 mg daily, under the supervision of a doctor. High
doses of folic acid may help reduce uric acid levels.
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Sharp pain, usually in
a single joint and most often in the big toe
Inflamed, red joints
that feel hot and are tender to the touch
A diet high in
saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol
Dehydration (in people
susceptible to gout)
medications that increase uric acid (e.g., aspirin, diuretics, and high-dose
High blood pressure
For the first stages
of an attack, see the detoxification suggestions further on.
After your pain has
subsided, introduce whole grains, nuts, seeds, and soy products into your
meals. These foods are high in fiber, which encourages the elimination of uric
acid, and soy products are excellent vegetarian sources of protein. Continue to
eat several helpings of raw fruits and vegetables daily.
cherries, strawberries, and blueberries, neutralize uric acid. Eat fresh
berries as snacks or for dessert, and drink a glass of cherry juice every day.
Flaxseeds are a highly
concentrated source of essential fatty acids, the "good" fats that
reduce inflammation. Add flax seeds to juices, salads, or fruit plates, or use
the oil as a salad dressing.
Drink as much clean
water as you can. One glass every two waking hours should be your minimum
Foods to Avoid
approach for treating gout has been to eliminate from your diet foods that are
high in purines: red meat, meat broths and gravies, bouillon, sweetbreads,
shellfish, anchovies, sardines, herring, mushrooms, asparagus, brewer's yeast,
poultry, eggs, dried beans, peas, lentils, cooked spinach, and rhubarb.
However, this is not only not necessary but for people with insulin resistance
(the majority of gout sufferers), this can make your gout problem worse.
Instead, focus on eating the foods in the recommended food list.
Rich foods aggravate
gout pain. Stay away from saturated, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated
fats and oils, and do not eat products made with refined flour or sugar.
Alcohol increases uric
acid levels. If you suffer from gout, you must not drink alcohol in any form.
During an acute
episode of gout, you may not feel much like eating. This response is useful, as
it helps your body focus on eliminating the uric acid and discourages you from
eating foods that may make the condition worse. When the pain begins, start a
three-day juice fast; drink large quantities of cherry juice and green drinks
(wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina, etc.) and include plenty of clean water and
herbal teas. This fast will help speed the elimination of uric acid and reduce
inflammation. Do not fast for more than three days, however, as prolonged
periods without food can have a reverse effect and actually raise the levels of
uric acid in your body.
After the fast, limit
yourself to raw fruits and vegetables (along with juices, herbal teas, and
water) for several days or until the pain subsides. These foods will encourage
further elimination of uric acid and will re-alkalize your body's internal
stimulate blood flow and decrease pain. Try a non-impact sport like swimming.
Magnet therapy can be
effective in alleviating the pain of gout. Use as directed by a knowledgeable
People who are
overweight are more vulnerable to gout than others are. If you need to lose
weight, the dietary suggestions here can help.
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