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Gout is a common type of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the system. Gout can be very painful and debilitating in terms of mobility. The following whole food products are natural therapies for Gout. Whole food treatments are not only healthier than medication, but also to help the body use its own methods to heal itself, which is what it does naturally.
Elevated levels of uric acid in the blood can be an indicator of poor kidney function, so start there. Also, in the case of gout the body does not produce enough of the enzyme uricase, which oxidises uric acid into a soluble compound. Because uric acid is a by-product of certain foods, gout is closely related to diet. In fact, deficiencies of certain nutrients can actually provoke an attack.
Body Balance may be very helpful; minerals help to reduce serum uric acid and so do carotinoids. The protein from the seaweed is a complete protein that also helps to reduce serum uric acid; it is also low in purines. If essential amino acids are lacking, uric acid production actually increases. So, it is not the protein as such, but purine content that is the contributing factor. To learn much more about Body Balance, visit our Body Balance Detailed Information page.
TrueGreens are supportive, as the alfalfa (which is recommended supplementally with gout), bilberry and grapeseed extracts - which contain powerful antioxidant compounds - have been shown to be helpful specifically in a gout situation.
Calcium and magnesium are always great stress reducers, and glucosamine has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that help to support the joint tissue. TrueGreens contain Omega essential fatty acids which are needed to repair tissues, aid in healing and restore proper fatty acid balance. An excess of saturated fats is often the cause of gout.
A Colon Cleanse is recommended to relieve the body of its toxic overload.
Drink plenty of filtered water as this promotes the excretion of uric acid.
Eat lots of blueberries, strawberries and cherries as these neutralize uric acid.
Celery is wonderful, so drink celery juice and munch on the stalks as much as you can.
No alcohol, as this both increases the production of uric acid and also reduces its elimination.
Avoid any fried foods or oil (other than olive oil) that has been subjected to heat. When this happens the oil becomes rancid, which destroys Vitamin E in the body resulting in the release of increased amounts of uric acid. An excess of saturated fats is often behind this disorder—usually beginning somewhere in the past.
Extra Vitamin C also lowers serum uric acid levels.
Maintain a diet low in purines at all times. High purine foods to avoid if having a gout attack:
- all red meats and organ meats,
- meat gravies and broths,
- herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies,
- all poultry and all shellfish,
- any kind of yeast
~Thanks to Christa Way
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