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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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
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
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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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
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,
oily fish ( anchovies, fish roes, herring,
mackerel, tuna, sardines)
foods rich in yeast extracts – e.g.
Marmite, Bovril, Vegemite.)
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
drinking coffee can help the liver process
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
Try to identify anything that brings on
an attack of gout and take steps to avoid
it in future.
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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
Should eat foods that have low purine
content, such as:-
Eggs, milk, butter, cheese, potatoes.
Low-fat and fat-free cheeses, yogurt and
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
Fruit, including fresh cherries (highly
recommended), strawberries, blueberries,
and other red-blue berries, bananas, mandarins,
Vegetables including kale, cabbage, parsley,
Drink coffee, tea, cocoa, and carbonated
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
Rich foods, cakes, biscuits, sugar products
and white flour products.
Fried foods and any food cooked in oil.
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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Remedies for Gout.
Two dietary supplements that are recognised
as successful in helping avoid gout attacks
supplemental amounts of Vitamin C does
help many people avoid gout
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.
helps the body as well as the heart and
can relieve you of your painful gout symptoms.
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
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.
Seed - a herb that helps to stimulate
the flushing of the digestive system removing
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
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.
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