An arthritis type, caused by the accumulation of uric acid in the body, which leads to the formation of crystals in and around joints is gout. Inflammation and intense pain in the joints are its characteristics.
Gout can be treated by medicines like Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s), but these are often linked to severe side-effects.
In order to help you treat its symptoms naturally we will try to explain this condition in more details.
Some foods we consume abound with substance purines, which are turned into uric acid in the body. They are healthy and the body needs them for the DNA and DNA replication.
When you are on a high-protein diet, the risk of gout is elevated, since foods like sardines, organ meat, red meat, salmon, herring, and oily fish, lentils, peas, and beans, are high in purines. In the case of gout one needs to limit their intake.
The body needs to convert fructose into glucose to use it as an energy source, and as a by-product, this process creates uric acid. The nitric oxide production is triggered by elevated uric acid levels , which keeps the blood pressure low.
Intake of fructose in the body turns it into LDL, which is then stored in the body as fat but is not the case with fructose in fruits, but the one added to foods and drinks.
These effects are scientifically confirmed. According to the Journal of Paediatrics , the more juice and fizzy drinks people drank, the higher their blood pressure and uric acid levels were.
The British Medical Journal study estimated the frequency of gout in over 46,000 men for more than 12 years.
It was found that the consumption of fizzy rinks raises the risk of gout, and actually, it was double in people who drank two or more fizzy drinks daily.
Other study analyzed 80,000 women for over 22 years, and 778 of them developed gout.
Once more was confirmed the link between these drinks and gout, as researchers found that women those who drank one sugary drink daily were 74% more likely to develop gout in comparison to the women who consumed less than one drink a month.
People who drank 2-3 sugary drinks daily had a 2 ½ times higher risk of developing gout.
Alcohol intake can raise the risk of gout. Beer poses the highest risk, according to a 2004 study published in Lancet. You should drink moderately and consume plenty of water.
In order to prevent gout and reverse this condition, you should:
- You should increase the intake of prunes, as they help the metabolism of uric acid in the body.Take at least 2l of water daily to help the excretion of uric acid.
- You must eat vegetables and fruits daily, especially celery, sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, and amaranth.
- Also blackberries, cherries, bilberries, and blueberries are high in bioflavonoids and thus reduce uric acid levels.
- The most powerful foods as they help to remove excess uric acid from the body are cherries and pineapples.
- You can prepare a cherry, apple, pear, banana, and pineapple breakfast smoothie, with a small ginger piece, unsweetened almond milk, and a teaspoon of chlorella to alkalize the body.
- Stop eating high protein and high-purine foods like chicken, shellfish, oily fish, scallops, crabs, mussels, lentils, beans, and porridge.
In case you suffer from gout, avoid cheese, beer, and meat, or at least limit their intake.