GOUT

GOUT

GOUT is caused by an inability of the body to metabolise a portion of animal protein called purine, or a reduced ability of the kidneys to eliminate uric acid.

Uric acid is the end product of improper purine metabolism, this acid when combined with a sodium salt crystalises in the joint cavities most commonly; however, deposits may develop in cartilage, tendon and muscles.

The condition can develop in people with diabetes mellitus, sickle cell anemia, kidney disease, and those who are obese, or it may follow drug therapy that interferes with uric acid excretion.

The pain frequently starts during the night and is often described as throbbing, crushing or excruciating, the joint appears infected with signs of warmth, redness and tenderness.

GOUT attacks can subside in several days and usually recur at regular intervals with subsequent attacks having a longer duration.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GOUT

1  Avoid alcohol – it decreases excretion and increases production of uric acid.

2  Avoid tea, coffee, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, wheat unless sprouted and salt.

3  Purine intake must be reduced – avoid yeast, shellfish, organ meats and offal (highest component), closely followed by red meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk and peas.

4  Increase intake of water.

5  Increase consumption of sour red cherries which neutralize the uric acid, also beneficial are blue-berries and ginger which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

6  Take into the system foods that are high in potassium to drive out acid, ie potatoes, bananas, green leafy vegetables and vegetable juices and broth.

7  Avoid high intake of straight Ascorbic Acid – Vitamin C, and Niacin.

8  Prolonged fasting can heighten the symptoms of GOUT, undertake short fasts only.

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