The symptoms of gout — the stiff, swollen and painful joints — are due to excess uric acid forming crystals in your joints, and the pain is caused by your body’s inflammatory response to these crystals.
Besides gout, elevated uric acid is related to a variety of other health conditions, including:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
Many people suffering from gout end up taking some type of pain reducing medication, typically an anti-inflammatory. But these drugs also have very dangerous, long-term side effects, and gout is frequently a lifelong condition, so you may end up staying on these drugs for very long periods of time, which can wreak havoc with your health. You don’t need to take a dangerous drug to deal with this painful condition. You CAN address the underlying cause of excess uric acid formation via all natural means.
Change Your Diet — Reduce Inflammation Naturally
Any time we’re talking about reducing inflammation, please remember that your diet is your number one priority. Why?
Because the REAL underlying problem causing the inflammation, and subsequent damage, is likely due to having chronically elevated blood sugar. And, your number one way of normalizing your blood sugar and insulin levels is through your diet. But what constitutes an optimal diet?
Well, first of all, you should know by now that there is no one diet that is right for everyone. This is why we always recommend you go through our nutrition consultation to find out which type of diet is right for you, based on your personal biochemistry and metabolism.
However, regardless of your nutritional type, drastically reducing or eliminating sugar is essential if you’re dealing with gout, or any other condition caused by inflammation in your body. Recent research shows you can lower your risk of gout by an impressive 85 percent, simply by reducing your intake of sugar.
What this means for most people: eliminate the soft drinks and fruit juices.
It never ceases to amaze me that the number one source of calories for Americans is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the form of soda. This is so tragic because soda can be one of the easiest dietary modifications to make. Instead, drink plenty of pure water, as the fluids will help to remove uric acid from your body. Another important diet modification is to reduce or eliminate alcohol, as it is clearly a risk factor in gout.
Other Natural Tips for Treating Gout
Exercise, is an all-around health booster that helps improve your health no matter what your problem is. In this case, exercise helps normalize your insulin and hence your uric acid levels, naturally.
As far as using supplements, tart cherries have been found to offer excellent benefits in the treatment of gout. Tart cherries contain two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which are known to have similar activity to aspirin and ibuprofen. Both of these compounds help to relieve and prevent arthritis and gout in your body.
If you want to harness the antioxidant power of cherries on a routine basis–and you definitely should, as they are one of nature’s true “healing foods”–then you should seriously consider taking a red tart cherry juice concentrate.
Cherry juice concentrate can contain about 55 to 60 tart cherries in every ounce. That’s a single recommended serving, so in other words, you’d have to eat 55 to 60 cherries to get the same health benefit (and I don’t recommend eating 55 to 60 cherries, as that is too much sugar … But with a concentrate, you can get the health benefit of the cherries without all the sugar).
A good Omega-3 supplement and a multi-vitamin are staples for helping to control the inflammatory response, as well as providing wonderful benefits for your overall health! Try Greens powder or our multi-vitamins for top quality products.
Last but not least, just in time for the Christmas holiday season, consider spicing up your dishes with plenty of nutmeg, as this common spice is also useful for gout.
Schedule your nutrition consultation today, so we can help you to achieve better health.