What to Do at Home When You Have Gout
Gout is a condition in which the body is producing higher amounts of uric acid than normal. The uric acid may be deposited in the joints where it starts eating away at the tissues.
Every patient with any disease, including gout, should be sent home with complete instructions about what they can do to recover more quickly.
Here’s a list of the top five things that you must do to control gout, and possibly halt it forever:
- No More High Fructose Corn Syrup
Eliminate any foods – no matter how much you love them – that contain high fructose corn syrup. This fake sugar will cause gout and has been proven to do so in research studies.
- Bye-Bye Alcohol
Stop drinking alcoholic drinks. Really, you don’t need them. And if you feel you do need them to relax, it’s time to switch your thinking to find other ways to get happier. Studies show that in many people, simply eliminating alcohol is enough to lower the uric acid levels. Alcohol increases uric acid levels in the body while keeping the uric acid in the body, decreasing its excretion.
- No More Bad Carbs
Cut out the refined carbohydrates in your diet. These foods aggravate all degenerative diseases.
- Purify Your Diet of Purines
Evaluate your diet for consumption of high purine foods. Here’s a short list of those foods:
- Organ Meats
Foods with high levels of purines in them can cause a gout attack.
- Drink More Water
Water flushes out the uric acid from the body. But did you know that it’s common for those who have chronic pain to have joint pain? The joints and spinal discs are two parts of the body where it’s difficult to increase the nutrient content, and these two areas can easily suffer effects from dehydration. You’ll end up with joint pain as a result.
Bonus Tip: Use Cherries Therapeutically
Drink cherry juice or eat half a pound of cherries a day. It’s the black cherries that are the most therapeutic. However, other berries could also have a positive anti-inflammatory effect on your joints – berries such as blueberries, goji berries, and hawthorn berries. Research shows that it’s the bioflavonoids in black cherries that reduce the tissue destruction in the joints in those who have gout.
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Pizzorno, J.E. and Murray, M.T. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing), 1991; p. 337.