If you have ever had gout, you probably don’t need a reminder of how painful and debilitating it can be. A specific type of arthritis, gout is caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream and involves redness, swelling, and pain in the joints. The joint most often affected? The base of the big toe. It is also characterized by sudden attacks. A person who suffers from gout may all of a sudden wake up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain.
Uric acid occurs when the body is having a difficult time eliminating waste, or when there is too much waste being produced in the body for the kidneys to handle it. When the kidneys go into overload because they are unable to process bodily waste for one reason or another, the waste material crystalizes and finds a place to deposit itself. The best and most welcoming place for these crystals to hang out? The joints, of course, and joints don’t like sandy particles in them. They don’t glide very smoothly that way. So lots of pain and inflammation are a direct result.
The good news, and also the bad news, is that gout is often the result of diet and lifestyle choices. So this pain and inflammation can be undone, but that means any inflammatory habits have to go too, unfortunately. Foods to avoid when trying to treat or prevent gout include:
Treating your gout isn’t necessarily just a matter of avoiding certain foods and stopping alcohol. It doesn’t have to mean that you leave behind all the things you love. A lot of this is simply about moderation, and also taking on healthy habits that will allow you the occasional indulgence. Life is about being able to have fun and enjoy yourself, and with that comes a responsibility to make sure you are healthy and strong enough to do it! If you’re fighting gout, here are a few foods that are great to add to your diet:
With a little added care and some changes to your diet, it is likely that you’ll be able to get your gout under control easily. You’ll probably have to cut back on your favorite Sunday venison dinner with all the trimmings, but you will likely still be able to partake every so often. The trick is always balance! A bout with gout may be little more than your body telling you to seek moderation... that you’re doing too much of this or that. So heed your body’s wisdom and you'll be feeling right as rain in no time.
I don’t often align myself with products but this is one that I just had to share! My name is Michelle Toole and I am the founder of Healthy-Holistic-Living.com.
Some of you may already know, years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
I can still recall what it felt like to have my life change overnight…
I went from an Executive Director of a non-profit organization, running marathons, rock climbing, hiking canyons and kayaking to being completely bedridden and staring at a wall for 15 hours a day.
Of course, I went to see many doctors but unfortunately I didn’t find the help I needed. So, I had to set off on my own journey to learn my true path to healing.
I’d pretty much turned-over every rock trying to find relief for my pain, sleep issues and a myriad of other symptoms…
Fast-forward 18 years.
I was determined to climb one of the true wonders of the natural world, Machu Picchu, the mystical home of the Incas in Peru.
It was there, after a grueling day when my feet, knees, legs, and lower back hurt so bad, that I thought I would have to abandon hopes of our next climb which was Rainbow Mountain! That night I pulled out a little spray bottle of “aceite de magnesio” that a friend had given me before I left on my trip.
What the heck, I thought. I was desperate. And I applied it all over my body before bed.
Because of the grueling day, I woke up expecting to be immobilized, but instead we were off to climb Rainbow Mountain and…I was totally pain-free!
I know it sounds impossible, but it’s 1000% the truth.