The food you consume can have a significant impact on both the development and treatment of many diseases, including gout. When it comes to this common joint condition, even official medicine confirms that improper diet is one of the possible causes, so the treatment should also involve a change in dietary habits, among other things.
The First Symptoms of Gout
Gout normally occurs after the age of 40 and is even 20 times more common in men. In women it usually develops after menopause.
Moreover, gout is one of the several common types of arthritis; in fact, it’s the inflammation of joints caused by the accumulation of urinary crystals in the connective joint tissue, tendons, cartilage, or all. This increase in uric acid in the blood occurs when the body increases its production or when the kidneys do not eliminate properly.
The Four Stages of Gout
The first stage is asymptomatic, meaning that gout symptoms are missing entirely; even those who are affected with this condition are unaware that the disease is developing.
The second stage is acute and is manifested with the appearance of redness, swelling and sudden joint pain. The joint becomes inflamed and sensitive to touch. In this stage the symptoms usually last 5-10 days.
The third stage is known as critical and is characterized by symptom-free intervals between two gout attacks. For most people, the second attack occurs over a period of six months to two years after the first attack, while in some cases, patients do not experience the symptoms for as long as five to ten years.
The fourth and most difficult stage is chronic, and its symptoms are constant joint pain, stiffness, limited mobility and the occurrence of ulcers on the skin around the joint.
Be aware that proper treatment can only be prescribed by a specialist. If you already have these symptoms, see a doctor before deciding on a treatment.
Proper Nutrition for Gout
One of the basic dietary rules for people suffering from gout is to avoid foods high in purines, such as chicken, turkey, beef, veal, sausage, bacon, mutton, venison, anchovies, salmon, trout, crab, lobster, ham, pork, tuna, especially lentils. If you are suffering from this joint deformity, avoid these foods, especially during acute attacks.
Instead of butter, fat and margarine, use cold-pressed vegetable oils. Feel free to consume fresh fruits and vegetables, except cauliflower, spinach, peas and mushrooms, because they contain a certain amount of purines.
When it comes to grains, increase your intake of whole grains, including barley, rice, millet, and wheat.
Dried fruit and fruit juices are also recommended. The best choices are celery and carrot juice, as well as sauerkraut, all of which are excellent natural remedies for gout and rheumatism.
Gout diet also recommends drinking plenty of fluids, about 2-3l a day in order to stimulate the elimination of uric acid. Caution is advised to heart and kidney patients, who may need to limit their water intake.
In addition, food for gout should be rich in selenium, such as broccoli, Brazil nuts, wheat germ, as well as the essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Treat Gout Naturally
The following methods are extremely beneficial for treatment of gout in a natural way:
1# Activated charcoal and linseed coating
Grind about half a cup activated charcoal to powder. Add a spoonful of linseed and a little water to get a paste-like mixture. Apply the paste on the affected joint and wrap in some plastic foil. Leave to act overnight. The symptoms will have significantly reduced by morning.
2# Homemade butter and alcohol
Melt some unsalted homemade butter in a saucepan until foamy. Then carefully add some alcohol and allow it to “burn”. Store in a jar and keep in the fridge. During a gout attack, apply the mixture on the affected joint while heating it at the same time.
3# Homemade celery juice
Peel and juice 500g celery. Add some lemon juice and drink immediately. This amazing folk remedy relieves gout symptoms fast.
4# Lemon and garlic
Wash 4 lemons thoroughly, remove the seeds and grind along with 3 cloves of garlic. Then add 7 cups of boiling water. Stir well, leave all day, then strain and drink 40ml before meals, once a day.
The Most Effective Teas against Gout
To keep gout under control and to prevent new attacks, make the following teas:
Chop 3-4 unpeeled apples and cook in water for 10 minutes. Cover and leave for four hours. Drink the liquid as tea as often as possible during the day. Apples can be chopped and added to other herbal teas as well.
To keep gout under control, make sure to use the following drink:
Wash two or three cloves of garlic (unpeeled), put them in a saucepan and add 1l water. Boil until the garlic is well cooked. Strain and drink a glass three times a day before meals. The treatment should last for 10-15 days, followed by a break.