Got gout? If you do, you definitely know what it is. What I mean by that is that anyone who has ever had to deal with gout will tell you that it feels a lot like walking on glass. Everytime you move even your little toe, you feel it. Gout makes you NOT want to get out of bed. In fact, gout will render you basically useless during an attack. And the worst part is that if you go to the doctor, they may give you a pain killer and some steroids but there really is no preventative to treating gout. The doctors will treat the symptoms but not the actually problem.

So, what is gout?

Simply put, gout is nothing more than a form of arthritis that attacks the joints. In most cases, for whatever reason, the feet are the most likely place to be affected although more chronic and serious cases have been known to move to other parts of the body. Excessive uric acid is the culprit here. In a healthy body, the uric acid is washed away and processed through urine. However, in a person who suffers from gout, the body makes so much uric acid that it can't process it. The uric acid hits the bloodstream and eventually settles in the soft tissue surround the joints. The acid crystallizes into hard, sharp deposits and this is where the pain begins.

Typically, gout is caused by the food we eat and the triggers that cause gout vary from person to person. In one person, someone could drink a couple beers and have a gout attack. In another, it could be red meat. In someone else, it could be fish. The key to stopping future gout attacks is to figure out what is triggering them.

There are some things that you can do to help increase the chances of NOT having a gout attack though. While they aren't necessarily a cure for gout, they will go a long way for someone that has frequent attacks. I call these gout home remedies. Here are the tips (in no particular order):

The root problem with gout is that your body isn't detoxifying correctly. In other words, our digestive system (liver, kidneys and stomach) isn't processing the chemicals that is in the food or being created by the food we eat. So, what we need to do is eat foods that will help improve digestion.

Another issue that we need to tackle is the inflammation that gout causes. Once again, there are foods that will help with this.
  1. Drink Lots of Water- Water will help flush out the toxins in our body. It will aid the kidneys with processing uric acid and flushing it from our system.
  2. All berries are good for gout- Cherries seem to be the most effective but these aren't the only good for you berry. Blueberries, blackberries, acai, and strawberries are all good for the antioxident pytonutrients.
  3. Eat Vegetables that are high in Quercitin. Quercitin has natural anti-inflammatory properties and can be found in sulphur producing foods like onions and garlic as well as tomatoes and brocolli.
  4. The Green Superfoods- Things like chlorella, spirulina and wheatgrass all have properties that will alkinalize the blood and make it less acidic. You can make a shake from these and they will all help prevent gout.
  5. Avoid the "gluten" foods- This may be hard since most of us eat bread. However, there are studies that confirm that reducing or eliminating gluten based foods from our diet will help eradicate arthritis.
This is just a few tips for you. I bet you are getting the idea that a clean diet rich in fruits and vegetables is probably the best way to prevent gout. And it is.......and when you are in the middle of a gout attack, I can pretty much guarantee that I could talk even the most anti-vegetable person into eating a big plate of brocolli if they thought it would help.

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