Gout is an arthritis type, caused by the accumulation of uric acid in the body, which leads to the formation of crystals in and around joints. It is characterized by inflammation and intense pain in the joints.
The common treatment of gout involves medicines like Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s), but these are often linked to severe side-effects.
We will try to explain this condition in more details in order to help you treat its symptoms naturally.
Some foods we consume are rich sources of the naturally occurring substance purines, which are turned into uric acid in the body. Purines are healthy and the body needs them for the DNA and DNA replication.
Yet, in the case of a high-protein diet, the risk of gout is elevated, since foods like red meat, salmon, sardines, organ meat, herring, and oily fish, lentils, peas, and beans, are high in purines. Therefore, one needs to limit their intake in the case of gout.
To use it as an energy source, the body needs to convert fructose into glucose, and as a by-product, this process creates uric acid. The elevated uric acid levels trigger the nitric oxide production, which keeps the blood pressure low.
The excessive intake of fructose turns it into LDL, which is then stored in the body as fat. This is not the case with fructose in fruits, but the one extracted and added to foods and drinks.
These effects of fructose have been scientifically confirmed. The Journal of Paediatrics published a study which involved 5,000 teenagers and found that the more juice and fizzy drinks they drank, the higher their blood pressure and uric acid levels were.
Additionally, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published another study which estimated the frequency of gout in over 46,000 men for more than 12 years.
They discovered that the consumption of fizzy rinks raises the risk of gout, and actually, it was double in people who drank two or more fizzy drinks daily.
Another study analyzed 80,000 women for over 22 years, and 778 of them developed gout.
The link between these drinks and gout was confirmed once more, as researchers found that women those who drank one sugary drink daily were 74% more likely to develop gout in comparison to the women who consumed less than one drink a month.
Those who drank 2-3 sugary drinks daily had a 2 ½ times higher risk of developing gout.
Moreover, alcohol intake raises the risk of gout. According to a 2004 study published in Lancet, beer poses the highest risk. Yet, make sure you drink moderately and consume plenty of water.
To prevent gout and reverse this condition, you should:
- Increase the intake of prunes, as they help the metabolism of uric acid in the body
- Make sure you drink at least 2l of water daily to help the excretion of uric acid
- Consume vegetables and fruits daily, especially celery, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and amaranth
- Cherries, bilberries, blackberries, and blueberries are high in bioflavonoids and thus reduce uric acid levels
- Cherries and pineapples are among the most powerful foods as they help to remove excess uric acid from the body
- Make a cherry, apple, pear, banana, and pineapple breakfast smoothie, with a small ginger piece, unsweetened almond milk, and a teaspoon of chlorella to alkalize the body.
- Avoid high protein and high-purine foods like chicken, crabs, mussels, shellfish, oily fish, scallops, lentils, beans, and porridge.
- If you suffer from gout, avoid cheese, beer, and meat, or at least limit their intake.