What is Gout?
Gout is a painful type of inflammatory arthritis caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints. It often results in stiffness and swelling of the joints.
There are four different stages
- Inter critical
- Chronic Tophaceous
Asymptomatic Gout: This is also called as hyperuricemia in which uric acid elevates in the blood without any symptoms. At this stage no treatment is required. Doctor normally advise you to take precautionary measures.
Acute Gout: This stage occurs when the urate crystals that have been deposited abruptly cause acute inflammation and intense pain. This will normally subside within a week. These flares can be triggered sometimes by stress, alcohol, drugs or even by weather.
Intercritical Gout: This is a symptom free interval between gout attacks. However, uric acid may continue to build up in your bloodstream and joint spaces, making itself ready for next attack. Most people have second gout attack from 6 months to 2 years.
Chronic Tophaceous Gout: This is the most advanced stage of Gout, where permanent damage is occurred in the joints and the kidneys. At this stage, person can suffer from chronic arthritis and develop tophi, big lumps of urate crystals around the joints.
How to prevent Gout?
There are two methods to prevent gout
- Medical Solution
- Natural Solution
The use of medications like allopurinol has long term side effects like Liver and Kidney damage, blurring of vision, etc.
So the best method is to treat Gout by lowering uric acid levels with natural remedies. This remedy includes both
- Lifestyle Change
- Dietary Changes
Exercise at least 30 mins a day to improve your overall health and well being. Regular exercise can help reduce uric acid in the body and prevent gout attacks. However, when you have a gout attack try not to exercise as it puts more pressure on inflamed gout joints. Exercise reduces your weight, thereby reducing uric acid levels in the body.
Hydration is very important. Insufficient water consumption can lead to dehydration which in turn increases the blood uric acid levels triggering a gout attack. Gout suffers need to consume at least 16 glasses of water a day. Water dilutes uric acid and decreases acid concentration in the blood. Well hydrated body functions better and can filter all impurities more efficiently.
Limit Alcohol: The alcoholic beverages of all varieties decreases the ability of the kidney to excrete uric acid, leading to a sharp rise of uric acid levels in the blood. This frequently leads to an acute attack hours later. It is better if you can avoid these alcoholic beverages or limit them as much as you can to reduce Uric Acid in the body.
Limit High Protein Consumption: High Protein Diet mostly consists of meat, seafood and chicken, these are very high in purines. High purine levels in the diet will cause uric acid to raise and form crystals in the blood causing gout. There are also some vegetables with high purine content like beans, lentils, oatmeal, spinach, cauliflower and mushrooms. Low purine diet is highly recommended by doctors.
Tart cherries contain high level of anthocyanin. They have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Consumption of cherries will reduce the gout flare.
Lemon water stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate, which neutralizes pH of the body and reduces uric acid formation in the joints. Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice in a glass of water helps with reduction of uric acid in the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar (Malic acid in ACV) helps in breaking uric acid crystals. Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and consume it at least 2 times a day.
Vitamin C plays a major role in reducing uric acid levels in the body and the risk of developing gout in the future.
Exercise and Dietary changes are the safer ways of preventing gout than taking medications. Watch the video below for more information.