I ran across toe swelling once. It was very painful experience.It lasted for two to three days. I couldn’t walk during that time. I googled it. It was too much uric acid in the blood without going out from your kidney. The uric acid is metabolized from what we eat protein, sugar and high purines enriched foods. Those foods of high purines are red meat, organ meat and oily fish (such as salmon, sardines, herring), as well as lentils, peas and beans. Is there something wrong with my body at that time while I had no such toe swelling early in my life? Those foods are nothing but your body needs your attention at least when it was not behavior right?
Did You Know?
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey carried out during the year 2007 – 2008, 8.3 million Americans were reported to have suffered from gout at least once, out of which 6.1 million were men and 2.2 million were women.
Cause of Gout
Our bodies all have a breakdown product called urate (or uric acid). Most urate is produced by the body. It breaks down substances known as purines and usually passes out in our urine.
If urate does not pass out of the body, or if your body produces too much, it can build up and form crystals. Gout is caused when these crystals build up and form around the body’s joints, causing inflammation and pain.
Purines are found naturally in the body and also in some foods, such as shellfish, red meat and offal, and certain alcohols, such as beer and stout. Drinking a lot of alcohol can also cause dehydration, which makes gout more likely to occur. Dietary purines account for only 5-10% of total purines in the body.
Not everyone with high urate levels will develop gout. We do not know why some people develop it. However, obesity is a risk factor. A healthy diet and weight loss will reduce your chances of developing gout.
Low GI Diet
Low-GL diet is the most rapid way to stabilise blood sugar levels and will, naturally, reduce the amount of both fructose and uric acid in your system. Eating a low-GL diet also improves your resistance to insulin – which is the hormone you produce to process sugar – and this helps to support healthy kidney function. The reason this is important is because it is the kidneys that need to excrete uric acid. I have had many people with gout who have reported instant relief when switching to a low-GL diet, even when eating previous high-purine trigger foods. If you follow low-GL diet you will almost certainly find that your gout goes away, along with unwanted fat.
Some alcoholic drinks are rich in purines, notably beer which contains guanosine. Alcohol is thought to increase the risk of gout because the metabolism of ethanol to acetyl CoA leads to adenine nucleotide degradation, resulting in increased formation of adenosine monophosphate, a precursor of uric acid. Alcohol also raises the lactic acid level in blood, which inhibits uric acid excretion. In the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS), overall the higher the daily alcohol intake, the higher the risk of gout . However, differences in risk were observed with different alcoholic drinks. Beer had the greatest effect, probably because of its high purine content, then spirits, whereas wine had no increased risk .
Some Nature Food Remedy
Vitamin C has a modest uricosuric effect and in the HPFS, there was an inverse relationship between vitamin C intake and serum uric acid (SUA) . In a randomized placebo-controlled trial, vitamin C supplementation (500 mg/day) for 2 months resulted in a significant reduction in SUA of 0.5 mg/dl (∼20% of the starting values) . There are anecdotal reports that consumption of cherries has a beneficial effect on gout and this is supported by a recent study showing a decrease in urate levels after consumption of cherries but not other fruits . The mechanism for this, and whether it relates to differential vitamin C content, is not clear. Consumption of coffee, but not green tea (both contain high levels of caffeine), has been reported to be associated with lower SUA levels in Japanese men , and recent data from the HPFS have confirmed an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of incident gout . Again, this effect appeared independent of caffeine intake, suggesting that other, as yet unidentified components of coffee are causal in this respect. Long-term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of incident gout. Green tea extract may modestly lower SUA level and decreases uric acid clearance. Green tea extract also significantly elevated serum antioxidant capacity with a positive dosage effect.
Regular Exercise, Drinking more Water
In a 7-year prospective study of almost 29 000 healthy male runners, the risk of self-reported incident gout was lower in men who were more physically active, with a low BMI, with diets including more fruit and less meat and alcohol , supporting the benefit of lifestyle changes in reducing the risk of gout.
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Health elements are eating low-GI diet, regular exercise, taking high quality supplements, drinking more water and sleeping well. Simple lifestyle change can say goodbye to gout without medication. Once I have changed my lifestyle and followed the health elements. Gout does not come back to me ever since. Would you like to own a healthy life? It is not difficult but you must take an action to work on them. If you would like to own your health, let’s join team together because “Health Life is Awesome”. Contact Me for DetailAbstract/FREE Full Text Huang HY, Appel LJ, Choi MJ, et al. The effects of vitamin C supplementation on serum concentrations of uric acid: results of a randomized controlled trial.Arthritis Rheum 2005;52:1843-7.CrossRefMedlineWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar Jacob RA, Spinozzi GM, Simon VA, et al. Consumption of cherries lowers plasma urate in healthy women. J Nutr 2003;133:1826-9.Abstract/FREE Full Text Kiyohara C, Kono S, Honjo S, et al. Inverse association between coffee drinking and serum uric acid concentrations in middle-aged Japanese males. Br J Nutr 1999;82:125-30.MedlineWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar ChoiHK, Willett W, Curhan G. Coffee consumption and risk of incident gout in men: a prospective study. Arthritis Rheum 2007;56:2049-55CrossRefMedlineWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar Williams PT. Effects of diet, physical activity and performance, and body weight on incident gout in ostensibly healthy, vigorously active men. Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87:1480-7. Choi HK, Atkinson K, Karlson EW, Willett W, Curhan G. Alcohol intake and risk of incident gout in men: a prospective study. Lancet 2004;363:1277-81.CrossRefMedlineWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar