What is Gout?

Gout is Commonly seen in your Big Toe

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes pain and swelling. It happens when high levels of uric acid build up in the body and form needle-shaped crystals in and around the joint leading to inflammation of the joint. Gout is commonly seen in your big toe but can happen in other joints in the body. Not everyone with high levels of uric acid will develop gout.

It can take time for the uric acid to build up and over time you can start to have flare ups. These can come and go on their own, lasting days, weeks, or even longer. During a flare up you can have periodic attacks of intense pain and swelling in your joints. A flare up can start suddenly at night with intense pain bad enough wake you up.

Dietary changes you can make to help relieve painful gout

Certain food and drink promote uric acid production including red meat, highly processed foods with saturated fat, and alcohol. Also avoid shellfish, herrings, sardines, organ meats, and yeast as these foods can cause uric acids to accumulate. I would also reduce or avoid sugar and caffeine during flare ups.

Aim to have high fibre whole grains, nuts and seeds in particular flax seeds. Eat fruit, especially berries like blueberries and cherries, and plenty of vegetables. Add barley grass and wheatgrass powders to your food as they will help keep the blood alkaline. Turmeric spice can be added to your foods or drinks.

Swap your cup of tea for a cup of Nutra Uric Cherries & Nettle Tea, it contains cherries, nettle, and turmeric. Turmeric is one of the natural anti-inflammatory spices, it is commonly used to maintain normal healthy joints, Nettle contributes to normal renal elimination helping to balance levels of waste compounds such as uric acid. I think this tea is worth including in your daily routine.

Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother is a popular traditional remedy to help with inflammation, detoxing, and general support of the body. You can take daily in warm or cold water.

Supplements to help Gout

One of our customers’ favourite supplements to help relieve painful gout is Active Edge Montmorency Cherry Juice. This is a concentrated juice made from tart Montmorency cherries. It is amazing how many people find it good and use it regularly to help keep things under control. You simply add it to water and take daily. Most people tell me that it they have less frequent attacks of gout and less severe if they do get a flare ups.

There are many other supplements available that may help reduce uric acid including Celery or Nettle juice. Celery may benefit by reducing uric acid levels in the blood and by reducing inflammation. Nettles are a wonderful plant and in this case they may help gout by helping to reduce uric acid levels. You can find various supplements in capsule, tincture's or herbal juice.

I like the Salus Haus fresh plant herbal juices because they are all natural and unadulterated, they have no sweeteners or other flavour enhancers. Salus juices are submitted to the stringent quality standards of modern pharmaceutical science to ensure quality and purity at all times. You can add them to water, sugar free juice, or tea.

Gout is a painful condition that you may be able to keep under control with changes to your diet, lifestyle, and some additional supplements. It can take time to figure out what will work best for you. For more information give us a call or pop us an email.

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