If you have gout you know how painful this condition is. I say condition because gout is the side effect of too much uric acid in the body. So what causes uric acid build up in the body?
We have been told by our trusted doctors that some families have a predisposition to gout, and they will also tell you that some foods exacerbate the condition, and that’s about all you can expect to get if you are treated by your trusted doctor. He will most likely give you some prescription drugs to alleviate your pain, and to reduce inflammation. He/she has done nothing to treat the cause of your pain or to help you increase your health. Take a look at this short video by Dr. Axe.
I don’t know if I agree with the organic meat part, but I do know that the diet he talks about does work, if you stick to it. I try to eat some of these things every day and I have not had a flare up of gout in more than 6 months. I stopped eating these items and I had a bad flare up, not fun. Needless to say I am back on it again.
You may say that since you have been taking a certain drug that you haven’t had any gout attacks, and as far as you are concerned not much else matters. Unfortunately the prescription drugs have only palliated your condition, and with constant ingestion of anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers your gouty condition will continue to develop behind the scenes, and your general health will deteriorate as a result of the drugs you are taking.
Alternative medicine, depending on what modality you have chosen, would firstly want to overhaul your diet, for a diet rich in purine foods would certainly exacerbate the condition, and may even be solely responsible for your gout. Take a look at this short video about gout, its causes and remedies.
These foods high in purines should be avoided: Meat gravies, stocks, organ meats, shellfish, anchovies, sardines, herrings, mussels, mushrooms and asparagus. Alcohol, particularly beer is high in purines, and for that reason must be avoided. Any alcohol taken should be followed by large amounts of water to avoid dehydration and consequent uric acid build-up. Meat, white flour, sugar, poultry, dried beans, fish, oatmeal, cauliflower, spinach and peas are moderately high in purines, and may need to be avoided or at least restricted.
The ideal diet should contain lots of organic fresh fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, and a very important dietary addition is wheatgrass. Fruits, vegetables and juices assist the excretion of uric acid, and foods that neutralize uric acid are strawberries, cherries, and celery juice, also drink lots of filtered water. Many people have found that the addition of cherry juice to their diet has prevented further gout attacks.
You may be given herbs or homeopathic remedies for your condition, however a change in your dietary habits may be all that is needed to improve your health. What a simple answer to what could remain a lifetime problem. If you wish to rid yourself of your gout, alternative medicine can certainly help you. But what can help even more is a dietary life style change.
I hope this helps you feel better.
Here’s to your health.