Gout is still very prevalent in this day and age.
It can be very, very painful as well, as it is a severe form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid creating crystals around joints. This uric acid buildup is caused by
high levels of purine.
Here are ways you can counteract high levels of purine and avoid gout:
1. Watch what you eat and drink
Specifically you want to avoid meats, refined carbs, fructose and yeast as all of these can cause high purine. The notorious suspects are organ meats like liver and kidneys, as well as sardines, anchovies and mussels. Sodas and fruit juices should be limited as well as beer intake.
2. Mix healthier foods into your diet
Rather than completely changing your diet, you can implement healthy foods into your diet. For example implementing cherries in your meals can be beneficial as cherries are a natural food that counteracts gout effects. They are high in antioxidants and anthocyanins, which reduces inflammation that can occur. Apples are good as well as they contain malic acid which can neutralize uric acid. Bananas too as they have potassium which can liquefy and flush out the crystals.
3. Try these alternative remedies
You can also try apple cider vinegar that has been watered-down as this can relieve pain due to its acidity. To prevent inflammation you can try ginger root in liquid or powdered form.
Activated charcoal in the form of a paste (charcoal and water) applied to your gout area as a lotion or bath can be beneficial. Baking soda (half a teaspoon) can be mixed with water, and this can also reduce the uric acid.
Dont forget to stay hydrated as well as this allows kidneys to process uric acid, passing it through the urine. Putting your body in cold water (the parts that are hurting) can also help but dont go overboard with cold water treatment as it could make it worse by promoting crystallization of uric acid.
Of course visiting a doctor and receiving recommendations for dealing and treating gout is a must as well.
Share this with friends and family so they can be knowledgeable in the treatment of gout!