After seeing a post made by John Horsfield, another fellow gout sufferer I decided to look deeper into natural solutions for gout by reading this gout remedy report.
Let me start by covering the basics first and then discussing the impact of low purine foods (natural solution) can have on gout.
Gout is basically a form of disease that develops when there is too much uric acid in the body. This excess uric acid forms tiny crystals of urate, which end up being deposited in body tissue and joints. Crystals that are deposited in body tissue aren’t necessarily painful, but ones that are deposited in joints cause inflammation, making them very painful. Gout doesn’t generally go away; it’s considered a chronic and progressive disease.
There are a number of things that can contribute to developing gout, with the main cause being genetics. Yes, if you have family members with this condition then you are more likely to develop gout. Other conditions may also increase the risk of having gout: obesity, excessive weight gain, moderate to heavy alcohol intake, high blood pressure, and kidneys that don’t function normally. Lastly, certain drugs can also lead to increases in uric acid.
Ok, now here is the interesting thing: you might be skinny, overall healthy, and have an overall decent gene, but you may have gout! Why? It turns out that for some people, certain foods can also trigger gout, specifically purine rich foods. This is because the body converts purine chemicals into uric acid, so when purine rich foods make up the majority of someone’s diet, he or she is more likely to develop gout. Purine rich foods include shellfish, organ meats, and seafood. A person with genetic factors for developing gout might not actually develop gout until he or she starts eating a diet heavy in purine rich foods.
What this means is that when a person is at risk for developing gout, or when he or she has already been diagnosed with it, it’s important to eat low purine foods instead of the alternative which include, among other things, dairy products.
Here is a list of low purine foods for your reference:
- Nuts and peanut butter
- Low-fat and fat-free cheeses and ice cream.
- Milk: skim or 1%
- Cream-style soups made with low-fat milk.
- Soups made without meat extract or broth.
- Fruits and juices.
- Breads and cereals: low fiber, white flour, or refined grain types.
- Pasta and macaroni.
- Coffee and tea.
- Cake and cookies in small amounts.
- Fats and oils in small amounts.
- Sugar, syrup, and other sweets in small amounts.