Natural Gout Treatment
Natural Gout Treatment
A natural gout treatment would limit the amount of purines being introduced into the body. Purines are broken down into uric acid and excess uric acid in the bloodstream can lead to the development of urate crystals that buildup in joints and tissue and cause gout.
We can control the amount of purines we introduce into the body by eliminating or reducing the amount of purine rich foods we eat. Alcoholism, diabetes, and renal failure can also lead to the development of gout.
Natural Gout Treatment: Low Purine Foods
A natural gout treatment would consist in part of the reduction of foods that contain purines. Purines exist in meat and also in some plant based foods, but the purines in meat and plant based foods have different affects on the body.
Two large studies done by Hyon K. Choi concluded that eating high amounts of meat and seafood was associated with an increased risk of gout. Surprisingly consuming higher amounts of dairy products was associated with a decreased risk of gout. Moderate intake of purine-rich vegetables or vegetable protein was not associated with an increased risk of gout.
The average daily diet for an adult in the U.S. contains approximately 600-1,000 milligrams of purines. A low purine diet to combat gout is restricted to approximately 100-150 milligrams a day.
There are different scales for rating the purine levels in foods. This particular rating system seems to be a good system for rating purine levels in foods. High purine foods contain 150-1,000mg of purines per 100g of food, moderate purine foods contain 51-149mg of purines per 100g of food, and low purine foods contain 0-50mg of purines per 100g of food.
High Purine Foods
- Fish: anchovies, herring, mackerel, sardines, scallops
- Meat: beef kidneys, brains, game meats, gravy, liver, sweetbreads
Moderate Purine Foods
- Fish: except fish found in the high purine group
- Meat: beef, lamb, poultry, pork, sausages, veal, and except meat found in the high purine group
- Plant based: asparagus, avocado, cashews, dried beans and peas, mushrooms, peanuts, spinach
Low Purine Foods
- Plant based: apples, almonds, bamboo shoots, blueberries, cabbage, carrots,cucumbers, dairy, dates, elderberries, lettuce strings beans, onions
You can find a chart here with more detailed purine ratings for individual foods, though its category scales are different.
Natural Gout Treatment: Eliminate Beer And Liquor
Drinking excessive amounts of beer and liquor can raise your risk of gout. Moderate wine consumption does not appear to increase the risk of developing gout. Alcohol is a source of purines which raise uric acid levels in the body, and alcohol also interferes with the kidneys’ ability to excrete uric acid.
Natural Gout Treatment: Kidney Cleanse
Other than the body producing too much uric acid, the other issue is the kidneys not being able to work efficiently to excrete enough uric acid. This is a sign the kidneys are not operating properly.
I did a kidney cleanse with herbs when I first adopted a plant based diet. The herbs were diuretics and people with gout have to be careful with using diuretics. Diuretics force water out of the body and people who suffer from gout need to drink plenty of water to help excrete the uric acid from the body.
When I did my herbal kidney cleanse it was very important that I drank one gallon of water a day, and I did. A person can cause many different complications if he doesn’t drink enough water to be able to compensate for the water that is excreted. The good thing about the herbs is that they contain compounds that help to strengthen the kidneys so they can perform better, and they also force water through the kidneys to help flush them of toxins.
Natural Gout Treatment: Reduce Inflammation
You can see from the purine food list above that meats occupy the high and moderate purine level categories, and they contribute to the buildup of urate crystals in joints. These foods also contribute to the development of the intense recurring acute inflammation that accompanies the buildup.
A natural gout treatment should combat this inflammation by removing or reducing foods that cause inflammation from the diet.
A plant based diet is generally an anti-inflammatory diet because of its diverse antioxidants and phytochemicals, and the balance of nutrients in plant based life. These antioxidants and phytochemicals fight recurring acute inflammation and chronic inflammation.
- Anti-inflammatory Fruits:
- Anti-inflammatory Vegetables:
- Bell peppers
- Sea Vegetables:
- Turnip greens
- Anti-inflammatory Oils:
- Coconut oil
- Olive Oil
- Anti-inflammatory Nuts & Seeds:
- Chia seed
- Flax seed
- Anti-inflammatory Spices:
- Bay leaf
- Onion Powder
- Powdered Granulated Seaweed (Kelp/Dulce/Nori – has “sea taste”)
- Pure Sea Salt
- Sweet Basil
The best natural gout treatment is one that supports healthy living and includes: eating a plant based diet or reducing meat consumption and increasing plant based life consumption, removing or reducing alcohol consumption, and a kidney cleanse is also helpful.
Purine-rich foods, dairy and protein intake, and the risk of gout in men
Purine rich foods relationship to serum levels of uric acid
Uric acid – blood
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