Diet linked to causing your gouty arthritis pain for the last 2000 years?
There has been an association between gout and diet for a long time. Gout or “gouty arthritis” is the oldest known type of arthritis dating back to at least 2,500 years ago. But, the association between gout and the production of uric acid has only been known since the 1800s. Suggestions that purine rich foods, most often found in protein sources such as red meat have been responsible for the increase gout symptoms. It became known as the “disease of kings” or “rich man’s disease” because of the consumption of foods and alcoholic beverages rich in purines, a lifestyle only wealthy people had access to. Although purines are natural substances made by the body, they are also found in many foods that cause gout, especially animal protein sources. Purines are then converted to uric acid, however it can build up in the joints in the form of sharp crystals if not enough is eliminated and can cause painful episodes.
Diet has proven to be a key factor in the recurrence of gout flares. I’ve personally found that an acute gout attack can be brought on by dietary consumption of shellfish, red meat, beer, high fructose concentrated sugar drinks, and specific vegetable sources such as spinach and cauliflower for example. These are what are considered to be purine rich food and drink sources. A gout diet is a nutritional routine that includes eating foods low in purines to help reduce the occurrence and severity of gout attacks caused by high levels of uric acid that your body has a difficult time excreting.
Avoiding purine-rich foods is only one element of gout treatment.
Often, so many people make the mistake of carrying on as usual after the pain symptoms and inflammation of a gout flare or attack have subsided, not knowing or realizing that much of the uric acid crystallization is still there in and around the joint tissue. Just because the pain is gone doesn’t mean you are free of gout!
NSAID’s (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) taken to combat pain and bring down swelling tend to do a great job this way. But, they simply do not remove the underlying cause of a gout flare, which is the uric acid crystal formations in and around your affected joints. These sharp needle-like crystals must be removed in order for them to stop silently and stealthily damaging your joints, let alone forcing you to have to suffer through horrible bouts of pain that will continue to come with acute gout attacks in the future if not removed.
Your kidneys are the ones that need a gout fighting boost!
It’s not “your body” that is having a difficult time excreting uric acid. It is in fact your kidneys that are having a difficult time with excreting uric acid from your body. When your kidneys don’t function correctly in the ways of excreting uric acid from your body, they simply cannot contend with the extra challenge of the consumption of purine rich foods, sugar drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
Following a healthy, balanced low purine gout diet which includes drinking plenty of H2O to flush uric acid from your body. Exercise is important to take into consideration in maintaining a healthy weight. Avoid crash diets and fasting as these can also cause your body to build up uric acid. Keeping stress levels to a minimum is also an essential key factor in maintaining healthy uric acid levels. You should see your doctor to at least find out what condition you are in. Long term gout sufferers may have fallen victim to kidney damage, as well as joint destruction so it is important to know where you are at health wise.
If you know a thing or two about dangerous, harmful side effects that prescription gout medications come with, just know there is a phenomenal natural treatment available to you that works better than any potentially harmful synthetic drugs.
You should find out more about what gout is to help you set the tempo for success in eliminating your gout symptoms and occurrences forever!