GoutWhat is it?

Gout is a common form of arthritis that is associated with a raised blood level of uric acid. Deposits of uric acid crystals in the joints cause an inflammation response to these tissues, and considerable pain. In many cases this occurs in the joints of the big toe, as well as the kidneys, tendons and bones. Uric acid deposits easily in cold weather which causes an increase in attacks during the winter months. Roughly 95% of sufferers of Gout are men.

Causes

Raised uric acid levels may be due to;

– Normal metabolic processes
– The use of certain drugs such as diuretics and aspirin
– Alcohol consumption decreases excretion from the kidneys and increases the production of uric acid

Symptoms

The first attack of Gout is usually characterised by intense pain, usually in just one joint (most often the big toe) and are usually preceded by a specific event such as a dietary excess (for example, alcohol), trauma, certain drugs and surgery. Left untreated, Gout may cause some degree of kidney dysfunction.

Dietary & Lifestyle Advice

– Avoid alcohol especially beer, tea, coffee
– Avoid refined carbohydrates (such as white bread, white pasta or any products containing white flour)
– Limit saturated fats, which are the fats found in anything from an animal, plus from coconut and palm oils
– Avoid yeast (breads and pizza bases), shellfish, organ meats, offal, lentils and peas. These foods are high in purines that create uric acid.
– Consume a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables including celery, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus and cauliflower, plus blueberries, cherries and ginger
– Reduce weight if necessary
– Increase fluid intake to 2-3 litres per day
– Take a supplement with essential fatty acids (EPA/DHA – not from anchovies, herring or mackerel)
– Avoid high intake of vitamin C and niacin
– Use the spice turmeric in cooking

Recommended Supplements

– Blackmores Fish oil
– Bernard Jensen Black Cherry Concentrate
– Herbs of Gold Celery 3000
**Please note these are general recommendations only, and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, health practitioner or pharmacist. We highly recommend that you contact your preferred medical practitioner for further testing if symptoms persist

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