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Relief: Natural Remedies.
David W Bates www.therapiesguide.co.uk
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.
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.
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
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
Shellfish, including shrimp, crab, mussels, scallops
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.
Herbs can also form part of a healthy diet and
some herbs that are particularly used for gout
• Devils Claw
• Willow Bark
Gout cannot be cured but an attack can be relieved
and the chances of an attack re-occurring can
be reduced by embracing these 4 suggestions:
1. Avoid very high or high purine foods.
2. Drink lots of liquids, especially water and
3. Take frequent exercise
4. Try to identify anything that brings on an
attack of gout and take steps to avoid it in future.