Gout is a kind of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints. If not handled carefully, uric acid and crystallization of these compounds cause severe joint pains and swelling. In most cases, it affects the big toe. However, some parts of the limbs may also suffer especially at the wrist, elbow, ankles, and knees. It may also affect the spine and cause severe back pain in some people.
Gout attacks may come on unexpectedly and then goes away after a few days. The sufferer may suffer unbearable pain with each attack and it will keep on recurring. Therefore, it’s important for you to know that the pain may occur once there are high levels of uric acid circulating in the blood as well as in the tissues of the joints.
FOODS THAT CAUSE URIC ACID
Uric acid is formed once the body breaks down a waste product from foods that contain purine – a colorless crystalline compound that forms into uric acid when oxidized in an acidic body.
In a healthy person, kidneys do the function of filtering uric acid from the blood and excrete it in the urine. But in cases where the kidneys are not competent enough at filtering or there is an overload of uric acid in the system, gout attacks can really be felt.
Included on the list of foods with high purine content are those foods high in proteins such as meat products particularly organ meats; then peas, seafood, peanuts, flour, lentils and sugar products. You may also say goodbye to caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol if you suffer from gout.
Furthermore, factors like high blood pressure, excessive weight gain, and obesity (especially in youth) can also trigger the occurrence of gout pain. Patients may also have an increased prevalence of abnormally low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism).
Luckily, there are certain healthy drinks that we recommend that offers relief from the pains you are feeling right now. You may drink these juice recipes regularly until you see an improvement. Many patients who stick to these simple diet change have seen many positive developments in their body.
JUICE RECIPES TO STOP GOUT ATTACKS
All the ingredients in these juice recipes help prevent the formation of uric acid crystalline, support the kidneys, and prevent oxidation.
1. Juice To Reduce Uric Acid Crystallization
1 green apple
8-10 ribs celery
1-inch fresh ginger root
A squeeze of lemon juice
2. Pain-Reducing Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice has a Bromelain content and is an excellent natural pain-killer. Opt for a freshly squeezed pineapple juice. Refrain from consuming those frozen or canned pineapples as they have already lost this pain-reducing enzyme.
Ginger contains gingerol and anti-oxidant properties that aids in relieving numerous inflammatory disorders like, osteoarthritis, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. As it helps in decreasing morning stiffness and swelling, it also provides ample relief in pain caused by inflammation as well.
½ small pineapple
½ inch ginger
1 small cucumber
3. Bitter Gourd (Ampalaya) Stops Gout Inflammation
Considered as a liver cleanser, bitter gourd juice is also good at improving blood circulation, cleaning up a toxic blood and relieving gout pain.
1 green apple
thumb-sized ginger root
6 ribs celery
¼ small bitter gourd (optional as it is bitter)
¼ lemon with peel
1 small or ½ a large cucumber
All these recipes are done by adding all the ingredients into a blender and let it all mix together until it becomes a smoothie. You can enjoy these delicious and healthy treats even though you are not having gout attacks.