Discover a Natural Way to Tame an Excruciating Disease
One of the most painful diseases on the face of the earth is also one of the most common – gout. Rates of gout in Western countries have skyrocketed in recent years. In the UK, the incidence of gout has risen almost 65 percent in the just the last 15 years. In the US this excruciating disease afflicts almost 5 million people. And it’s becoming more common every day. Why? One of the biggest culprits is our modern diet.
If you don’t have the disease yourself you likely know someone who does. The problem is, this painful illness can hit anyone at any time. And this is not a disease you want to tangle with. Anybody who has had an attack of gout knows how painful it can be. People who suffer from it liken the pain to being burned with a flame or a hot poker.
So how can you protect yourself from getting an attack of gout? Or, if you’re in the throes of an attack, what can you do to reduce the symptoms? Here are some of the most powerful ways to fight this disease in a drug-free, natural way.
What is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis that causes inflamed, painful joints. An excess of uric acid in your blood causes crystals to form in your joints. The pain you suffer is the result of the body’s inflammation response to these crystals.
Essentially, gout is a breakdown in your body’s ability to control the amount of uric acid in the blood. The crystals and resulting pain can happen in any of your joints, but it often hits one or both of your big toes.
An attack of gout lasts from 3-10 days. You may not get another attack for months or even years – maybe you’ll never get another attack. But once you’ve had one you’re likely to get more. And over time they become more frequent and more severe. Eventually, multiple attacks can permanently damage afflicted joints.
That’s why it’s critical to care for your gout without delay before it has a chance to damage your body. It turns out that natural treatments are better for you than the drugs usually prescribed, and almost always more effective.
Drugs Are Not the Best Solution for Gout
There are several drugs that are prescribed for treating gout. Here are the most common:
- Colchicine – blocks the inflammation resulting from uric acid crystals
- Allopurinol – reduces the amount of uric acid produced by the body
- NSAIDs – Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs
The problem with these drugs is, although they may work for the short term, they have horrible side effects. And, if you’re not careful you could get stuck taking them for years, since gout is often an ongoing disease.
Studies have shown that diet is the primary force behind bringing gout under control. There are some traditional foods that are purine-rich and raise uric acid, and these should be avoided. But the biggest cause of increased uric acid levels by far is fructose from industrially-produced foods.
Fructose is Gout’s Best Friend
Many doctors blame gout on eating too many foods high in purines, like anchovies, organ meat, and shellfish – or drinking too much alcohol. But recent studies point to a far bigger culprit: HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup).
It turns out that our metabolism of fructose from HFCS generates lots uric acid within minutes after ingestion. And fructose is one of the top sources of calories in the American diet thanks to the use of HFCS in sodas, candies, and other foods. Sadly it is a major cause of obesity and diabetes, as well as these other health issues:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease and fatty liver disease
- High cholesterol and high triglycerides
- High blood pressure
Fructose is different from other kinds of sugars, like glucose, in the way it metabolizes in the body. It is this unique method of metabolism that generates the uric acid.
In fact, a recent Canadian and American study found that men who drank two or more fructose-sweetened soft drinks a day had a whopping 85 percent greater risk of getting gout than men who drank none. This study found that for those who are susceptible to gout also raise their risk by eating large amount of fructose-rich fruits such as apples in the form of juice.
Natural Ways to Fight Gout
Here are some of the top tips that are proven to help prevent gout.
Limit Fructose – Limiting fructose intake is one of the best ways to prevent gout or manage attacks. Be sure to cut sodas and other fructose-sweetened drinks since they’re a primary source of too much fructose. For most people natural fruit juice is fine, but for those experiencing gout attacks, it is best to reduce intake even of apple juice, which is naturally rich in fructose. Also, during an attack, drink plenty of water, as it helps excrete uric acid from your body.
Limit Alcohol – Minimizing your drinking is another good way to lower your uric acid level. Alcohol, especially beer, is a potent trigger for increasing uric acid.
Eat Cherries – Cherries and cherry juice concentrate contain compounds that help prevent and relieve gout.
Exercise – Being overweight can trigger episodes of gout. Exercise and sustainable weight loss can lower your risk of gout. And it’s something you should be doing in general to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Limit Purine Rich Foods – Avoid eating foods high in purines if you are suffering from gout. This includes asparagus, organ meats, anchovies, mussels, scallops, and excessive amounts of red meat. Of course, many of these are excellent foods for most men most of the time. But during gout attacks it is best to minimize them.
Gout can be countered effectively with natural remedies. Reducing fructose, reducing purine-rich foods, and getting plenty of moderate exercise works wonders. By following the tips outlined in this article, you will be in a good position to tame gout when it occurs and even completely reverse the disease.