If you are treating gout, your diet should be completely natural with healing and anti-gout properties.
What is Gout?
A type of a disorder which can occur throughout the entire body. It is a consequence of an accumulation of sodium urate crystals that deposit in the joints due to high levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia).
This surplus uric acid becomes crystalized with time and is usually formed in cooler body parts like joints such as the knee, elbow, wrist and ankle. However, the most affected are the feet joints. The shoulders, hips or spine joints are rarely affected.
Middle- aged men are usually afflicted with this. It is not that common in women, but if it occurs it usually follows menopause.
It is often said that gout is genetic. However, the reason that gouts happen in the family are mostly due to the diet, since a family usually has the same food tastes. If they are left untreated, gout attacks can last longer, be more frequent and can affect other joints as well. Serious gout can cause damage to the joints and even deformity.
Gout attacks generally occur out of a sudden. You can feel sudden excruciating pain in one or more of your joint very often during the night. The joint becomes swollen, inflamed, warm and particularly touch sensitive.
A serious gout attack might cause rapid heartbeats, chills and high fever. However, symptoms gradually disappear and do not manifest again until the next attack.
After several attacks and if not taken care of, the movement of the joint can become restricted. There is a formation of hard crystal lumps in, near, around or under the skin of the joints. These can form in the kidneys and other organs as well.
People who have diabetes or high blood pressure and have gout as well, could have poor function of the kidneys and reduced excretion of uric acid. Those worsen the gout and could cause joint or tissue damage.
What causes gout?
Gout can happen either because the intake of rich foods (meat protein) is high, or because the production of uric acid by the liver is more than what can be eliminated through urination.
Our body transforms certain food substances known as purine into uric acid, thus increasing its level. Excess uric acid in our blood causes formation of crystals.
Another factor that increases the levels of uric acid is consumption of alcohol. A combination of food high in protein and alcohol is definitely a cause for development of gout.
Change your lifestyle and your diet
People who are afflicted with gout should stay away from acid-forming foods such as sugar and flour products, refined or processed foods, fried or oily foods, dairy products, tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks.
Other high in purine foods are anchovies, sardines, organ meats, mussels, mushrooms, broths and meat gravies, herring, and asparagus.
A juice recipe for relieving gout symptoms
Bean products such as bean paste, bean sprouts, bean curds, soya milk should also be avoided. These are also high in purine and should be consumed in moderation.
Additionally, you need to exercise 3 times a week at the minimum and your workout should last 30 minutes. Drink a lot of water, 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Some fruits and vegetables which are recommended are peas, rhubarb, spinach, cauliflower, asparagus, tomato products, tomato, durian, and strawberry.
Foods for healing gout
The most effective way of cleansing your body from toxins is by drinking juices made from green vegetables. These juices are also good for balancing the pH levels, reducing inflammation and healing the gut.
Gout pain and arthritis pain is significantly reduced by consuming celery and cabbage. Make juice from these and some green leafy vegetables such as the kale and you will soon notice that the gout attacks will be less frequent.
Bitter gourds and beets are incredible kidney and liver cleansers. They improve their functions and also protect them from toxins like excessive alcohol consumption.
Other foods which should be included in your diet and which are potent anti-inflammatory are cucumber, papaya and pineapple.
Suggested combinations (for one portion)
- 8 ribs of celery+1 Cucumber+2 Carrots
- 1 cucumber+2 green apples+6 leaves of big kale+1 fennel+ thumb-sized ginger+¼ lemon juice
- 6 celery ribs+ 2 green apples+ thumb-sized ginger+¼cabbage
- ½ celeriac+ 2 carrots+ 1 fennel+ ¼lemon slice+ 1 cucumber
- 1 cucumber+ 1 green apple+ ¼ lemon slice+1 small bitter gourd
- 1 medium-sized beetroot+ ¼ lemon slice+ 1 cucumber+ thumb-sized ginger
- ½ small pineapple+6 celery ribs + thumb-sized ginger+ ¼ lemon
- Drinking fresh young coconut water in a daily basis
- A shot of neat wheatgrass juice, with a little lemon
- Consume from 40 to 50 tart cherries a day
- Drink lemon-grass ginger tea
Source: Health and Weight Loss Done
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