Gout Relief: Manage and Eradicate it Naturally

Gout is one of the oldest disorders known to man – it’s also one of the most painful. With the right treatment, so called “flare-ups” can be managed, and eventually cured. Conventional medications include NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs), and ULT. In this article we compare the use of these conventional medicines (many of which have harmful side effects) against the use of natural treatments.

One of the Oldest Recorded Diseases

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by Maggie Smith (FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Reports of Gout are recorded in texts that go back over 2,000 years. Once thought to be the disease of kings, due to the fact that it was believed to have been caused by consuming a surfeit of fatty foods and alcohol, it is now known that anyone can fall foul of it.

What is Gout?

Gout is actually a form of arthritis; many say the most painful form. There are no exact figures, but it is believed that between 2 and 5 million people in the USA alone suffer from it. The condition tends to affect men more than women, and is most prevalent in men aged 40 and over.

Gout Symptoms

Gout attacks are referred to as “flare-ups”. It is an apt name describing the pain, which many people liken to a severe stabbing pain, as if a hot knife is being thrust into the joint. It mostly occurs in the large toe, and can be extremely painful, so painful that even a bed sheet resting on the affected area can’t be tolerated. Bouts of flare-ups last anywhere from three to ten days, and if left untreated, the frequency and duration of these attacks will increase, and permanent damage will be done to the affected joint(s).

What Causes Gout?

It is caused by a buildup of something called uric acid. Uric acid is a naturally occurring substance that is formed when our digestive systems break down purines. Purines are organic compounds that exist in all animal and vegetable matter. In other words all foods contain them.

When we have an excess of urine in our bloodstreams, it crystallizes in our joints. It is these uric acid crystals that set off an inflammatory response that causes the severe pain of gout.

What Causes Excess Uric Acid Production?

If there is a history of gout running in your family, then you are more at risk of developing the condition yourself. However, having said that, it is not hereditary. It is caused through eating an unhealthy diet; a diet that contains too many fats and toxins. Cases of gout have dramatically increased in modern times, and this in the main is down to the fact that we eat too many processed foods.

What Other Conditions are related to Excess Uric Acid?

Elevated levels of uric acid are not only related to gout. They are linked to other condition too, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Raised levels of Cholesterol
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease

As you can see, controlling uric acid is beneficial to your general health in many ways.

Conventional Medications

As mentioned earlier, NSAIDs and ULTs (Urine Lowering Therapies) are the drugs prescribed by the conventional medical fraternity to combat gout. Whilst they can be effective, they often cause unpleasant side effects such as:

  • Indigestion
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash
  • Increased occurrence of severe gout flare-ups

Natural Gout Treatment and Cure

Natural gout treatment (which has no unpleasant side effects) is a combination of several different methodologies. They include:

  • Diet (Gout friendly)
  • Regular physical exercise
  • Lowering alcohol consumption

In terms of a gout friendly diet, you should eat plenty of sharp cherries and strawberries. Cherries contain anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, both of which are excellent for combating gout. Strawberries help to limit and eliminate excess uric acid production

You’ll find plenty more additional information on what foods you should avoid, which you should include, and how to formulate your own gout fighting diet by searching the Internet.

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