Gout, famously called the “Disease of Kings” was well-known for attacking the rich and elite sections of the society. These days, however, people of all socio economic sections complain of gout outbreaks. Men are more susceptible than women.
What Causes Gout?
An accumulation of uric acid in the body leads to the development of gout. When there is excess of uric acid circulating inside, the body’s kidneys that are mainly equipped with flushing out unwanted toxins are put under a lot of pressure and get overworked. This causes the kidneys to malfunction, leading to reduced excretion of uric acid. The latter is extremely toxic if left inside the body.
It tends to accumulate itself in places where there is limited or slow blood circulation, leading to the formation of uric acid crystals. This causes redness, swelling and excruciating pain in the area affected, leading to gout. Knees, big toes, elbow and wrist fingers are particularly susceptible. In some cases people suffering from obesity and diabetes are also vulnerable.
Other Factors for Gout Development are
Excess Consumption of Purine Rich Foods
In most cases, purine rich foods when consumed excessively are mainly responsible for causing this condition (purine gets converted into uric acid in the body).
Any damage to the kidneys will lead to impaired functioning. This has a direct effect on the body’s ability to flush out unwanted toxins. When there is reduced functioning, an increase in uric acid accumulation is inevitable leading to gout.
Other factors include excess consumption of alcohol, sleep apnea and stress. Elderly patients, those battling obesity and people suffering from chronic liver failure are also vulnerable.
Treatment of Gout Pain
A combination of diet and exercise is very useful in keeping the disease under check. Exercise allows the body to work and function in a better way, helping all the organs function efficiently. Exercise is very beneficial for overweight people, helping them lose weight and get back in shape. Attaining normal weight is crucial to alleviate gout.
Diet for Gout Pain
1) Avoid Purine Rich Foods
These include sea foods like sardines, mussels, cod, herrings, crab, oysters, shrimp and lobsters. Animal foods like turkey, pork, beef and organ meat like liver, kidney, bacons, goose and ham are equally rich in purines.
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In general animal foods are rich in saturated fats and proteins. They are therefore not ideal options to consider for people suffering from gout. Yeast is also known to aggravate gout and should not be eaten in any form.
2) Avoid Sugary Foods
Sugary foods are rich in sucrose and fructose. These compounds are known to aggravate gout and should therefore be completely avoided. Refined products are known to raise the sugar levels in the body drastically when consumed and should therefore not be eaten. Honey should also be avoided because it is rich in fructose.
3) Avoid Alcohol and Saturated Fats
Saturated fats and alcohol consumption should be completely stopped to keep gout under control. This will eradicate uric acid crystals, leading to improvement of the disease condition.
4) Avoid Vegetables Rich in Purines
These include asparagus, mushrooms, kidney beans, spinach, lentils and anchovies.
5) Consume Cherries
These have been used for a long years to cure gout. You can eat a handful of cherries frequently everyday. You can also consume cherry juice. Cherries have certain substances that are very effective in relieving pain and alleviating gout.
6) Include Vitamin C Rich Foods
Include fruits like oranges, sweet lime, etc. Vitamin C has the ability to reduce inflammation.
7) Include Fiber
A deficit of fiber is reasonable for gout. Include foods that provide sufficient amounts of fiber in your diet. Consume whole grain breads and oatmeal in moderation to fulfill your fiber requirement.
8 ) Fruits
You can safely consume fruits like apples, mangoes, figs and apricots. Bananas are rich in potassium. This mineral helps in decreasing uric acid content. Berries are very powerful in alleviating pain. They act by preventing or inhibiting the release of substances like histamine that are known for causing pain sensation. Include strawberries, blueberries and any fruit belonging to the berry family to alleviate pain.
Make sure you regularly include juices made from carrot, pineapples and cucumber. These are very useful for gout patients.
10) Dairy Products
Consume skim milk on fat free milk for boosting your body with necessary proteins and calcium.
11) Folic Acid
Foods rich in folic acid or folic acid supplements are extremely beneficial in decreasing the uric acid content in the body. Celery is one of the richest sources of folic acid.
This is an amazing detoxifier. Drink abundant quantities of water to flush out excess uric acid from the body. Water helps to dilute uric acid, preventing it from getting overly concentrated in the body.
Include the aforementioned foods in your diet. A combination of dietary changes and exercise is extremely beneficial in alleviating gout.