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The Gout Page - Gout Treatment, Relief and Prevention
Gout, a very painful condition usually 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.


What is Gout

Where do you get Gout

Curing Gout

Some natural gout remedies


Herbal Remedies for Gout

Reflexology & Gout





What is gout?
Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, and is probably the most painful. It affects the joints of the body,and is caused by a high level of uric acid in the blood, which results in deposits of uric acid crystals in the joints.
High levels of uric acid in the blood, can cause recurring attacks of joint inflammation (arthritis), deposits of hard lumps of uric acid in and around the joints, and decreased kidney function and sometimes kidney stones. Gout affects approximately 1 in 200 adults, most commonly men between 30-60 years of age. Gout less commonly affects women.

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.

Attacks of gout usually come on very quickly, often during the night. Doctors describe this sudden flare-up of symptoms as acute. The frequency of attacks will vary. Many people have an attacks every few years, others can have attacks every few months. Often the frequency of attacks can increase and possibly new joints will be affected.




 

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Where do you get Gout.
Gout attacks the joints, normally it affects just one joint at a time, the small joint at the base of the big toe is the most common site of an acute gout attack of arthritis, but it does occur in the other toe joints, fingers, wrists, ankles, elbows and knee joints.

Attacks sometimes occur slowly and you can feel them coming on, but often they occur rapidly overnight, you wake up in the morning to find the affected joint swollen, with reddish discoloration, and extreme tenderness. Anything touching it can cause excruciating pain and if it you are unlucky enough to have an attack in your foot walking becomes agony.

The attacks can last for days or sometimes weeks and do not always seem to any relate to your current lifestyle and diet.
Most patients with gout will experience repeated attacks of arthritis over the years.


 

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Curing Gout

Gout cannot be cured but an attack can be relieved and the chances of an attack re-occurring can be reduced by embracing these basic suggestions:

  • Avoid very high or high purine foods. Try to limit your intake of foods that are high in purines will help; these include red meat and offal ( beef, game, kidneys, liver)
    oily fish ( anchovies, fish roes, herring, mackerel, tuna, sardines)
    foods rich in yeast extracts – e.g. Marmite, Bovril, Vegemite.)
  • Avoid excess Alcohol
  • Drink lots of liquids, especially water this can reduce the risk of urate crystallising in joint tissues. Try to aim for at least 1 litre of fluid a day
  • Regularly drinking coffee can help the liver process more urate
  • Reduce your intake of soft drinks (they often contain high levels of sugar)
  • Take frequent exercise
  • Try to lose weight, if you need to, which is a very effective dietary treatment helping to significantly reduce your urate levels.
  • Try to identify anything that brings on an attack of gout and take steps to avoid it in future.

 



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Gout Relief :- Natural Remedies.

Using Natural Remedies to avoid and relieve gout attacks has seen an increase in popularity in recent years Possibly the primary reason is that most gout medications can have severe side effects, are not safe to take long term or must not be used in conjunction with some other medications. Natural remedies for gout tend to be safer to take, and invariably have no side effects. There are many people that believe that these gout natural remedies will work better than traditional gout medicines.

Diet and Lifestyle for 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 excessive 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.
  • Should eat plenty of fruits. For several reasons fruits are outstanding resources in treating gout, including being great resources for vitamin C, potassium, fibre, anthocyanins, bromelain, quercitin, folic acid, and water. Fruits help decrease painful swelling and help reverse joint damage, and many of these properties also help prevent or reduce the incidence and severity bringing pain relief for gout.

 

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Herbal Remedies for Gout.
Two dietary supplements that are recognised as successful in helping avoid gout attacks are:-

  • Regularly taking supplemental amounts of Vitamin C does help many people avoid gout
  • A daily intake of 2-3 teaspoons of black cherry juice helps many people.

Herbs can also form part of a healthy diet and some herbs that are particularly useful for gout relief are :-

  • Dandelion roots have been used as a medicinal herb for years often for treating joint inflammations. It has diuretic properties and is considered to be a cleansing as well as a nourishing tonic that can assist in minimizing the pain and inflammation caused by gout.
  • Garlic helps the body as well as the heart and can relieve you of your painful gout symptoms.
  • Bilberry or european blueberry is often used as a herbal remedy for Gout, it has been used for centuries to help with various ailments, they contain useful anthocyanins which are very important during a gout attack, anthocyanins help with blood flow to your joints which helps reduce painful swelling.
  • Devil's claw (harpagophytum procumbens) has been used over the centuries as an herbal treatment, called devil's claw because of the shape of the seed after it is opened.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. It also can bring relief to people with chronic lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and arthritis, especially helpful to gout patients as gout is a form of arthritis.
  • Mustard Seed - a herb that helps to stimulate the flushing of the digestive system removing excess fluids.
  • Celery seed (Apium graveolens) helps kidneys dispose of the waste products and reduces the general acidity in the body. The seeds also produce carminative and mild tranquilising effects.
  • Juniper berries (Juniperus communis) is an antiseptic and a diuretic that promotes healthy urinary tracts and a good urine flow. Excess water and toxins are expelled from the body when juniper berry is taken. Juniper berries help to prevent uric acid crystallisation and will aid in the expulsion of sediment.
  • Rosehip
  • Ginger
  • Nettles
  • Rosehip
  • Chamomile
  • Willow Bark
  • Benzoin
  • Boswellia
  • Cats Claw
  • Tumeric

 

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