Gout is medical condition that results from abnormally elevated levels of uric acid in the body which over time causes reoccurring joint inflammation – a form of arthritis. Gout is commonly accompanied by sudden and severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness, and inflammation.
The term “gout” commonly is used to refer to the painful arthritis attacks. It derives from an ancient term “gutta” which referred to arthritis at the base of the big toe over 2000 years ago. Uric acid crystals were first noted by Antonj van Leeuwenhoek in 1684. Alfred Garrod first described the uric acid crystals in the tissues of the skin and joints of patients with gout.
History Lesson For Gout
Historically gout was linked to overweight, lazy, middle-aged men and is one of the most frequently recorded medical illnesses in history.It is a condition that many famous people (and not only men) have suffered from with Benjamin Franklin, Queen Anne, John Hancock and George Mason being some of history’s most noted gout sufferers.
Over 5-Million Americans Suffer From Gout
Today it is estimated that over 5-million people in America suffer from gout with middle-aged men between the ages of forty and fifty feature the usual face of a gout sufferer. Women are at an increased rate for developing gout following menopause.
Gout Is Treatable
Gout is a treatable condition that usually (approx 70%) affects the joint of the big toe. It may also occur in feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists.
Before we address the treatments and things that you can do to prevent gout you need to understand what causes Gout. Uric acid is a breakdown product of purines which are part of many foods we eat. An abnormality in handling uric acid can cause attacks of painful arthritis (gout), kidney stones and a blockage of the kidney tubules with uric acid crystals which can lead to kidney failure. The cause is often related to an inherited abnormality in the body’s ability to process uric acid.
With normal body function we expect that approximately two-thirds of the Uric Acid to be removed from the body through the kidneys and urinary system. It is this balance of fluids in our system that plays an integral role in Gout prevention and gout treatment. The prevention of Gout is not that difficult.
Gout is normally caused or associated with stress, excess alcohol consumption, high purine foods, excess weight (obesity), high blood pressure and exposure to toxic environmental chemicals – more often a combination of these. An outbreak or attack can last anywhere from a few hours to a few months. The attacks occur with different frequency for different people and for different reasons; some people may have an excessive level of uric acid in their bloodstream and experience a gout attack only once in a lifetime while others that test with similar uric acid levels will develop chronic gout.
Although hyperucemia (high levels of serum uric acid) is considered to be directly related with the development of gout it is not always caused by this factor. Nor does there seem to be a connection between gout and rheumatoid arthritis.
To confirm the diagnosis doctors often perform tests such as blood analyses or tissue examinations under the microscope. Gout sufferers usually have serum uric acid levels above average and medications such as probenecid, sulfinpyrazone and allopurinol are usually used in the treatment of gout for preventing the recurrence of pain attacks.
Without treatment, tophi may develop after the onset of gout – especially in older people and particularly women. Tophi forms in the joints and other places throughout the body and sometimes may even break through the skin to appear as white or yellowish-white chalky nodules.
Whether a natural method or a western medicine approach is used, the main goal is to create immediate gout pain relief and preventing gout attacks from returning and for this reason we would make the following two recommendations;
Adjust your diet
By adopting a low purine diet is now one of the natural cures for gout suggested by some medical professionals. Limiting consumption of fish, shellfish, poultry and products containing yeast are also a part of a creating a low purine diet.
Beer consumption also needs to be limited as it contains alcohol which can cause dehydration, but it also contains purine. Studies have been conducted that connect the drinking of coffee – and the more of it the better – with marked prevention of Gout in significant numbers of participants.
The researchers believe that drinking coffee lowers the level of insulin, and with it decreases the Uric Acid levels.
Other natural gout cures include fruits and vegetables low in protein, lemon juice, fish oil supplements, ginger, turmeric and colchicine.
Include these in your diet or source some Omega-3 fish oil supplements either locally or these can be purchased over the internet.
Detox your body
After years of continual toxin ingestion will have caused damage to your detoxification system. To help reverse this you need to detox your body and we would recommend one of the best ways to do this is to use a natural remedy known as Ayurtox.
This works by releasing hundreds of phytonutrients that work on the molecular level to remove metabolic waste and toxins from your body and stimulates and tones your gastrointestinal system to improve circulation, nourish muscles and connective tissues, prime vital organs like the liver and kidneys, strengthen your immune system, and soothe your nervous system to restore natural balance and harmony to your body.
Ayurtox can easily be purchased over the internet if you are unable to source locally.
Treat Gout Naturally