Gout is an extremely painful form of inflammatory arthritis that has a long history and has claimed some very famous casualties. Leonardo da Vinci and the King of England himself, Henry VIII, suffered from the illness. Because it was historically more common in people who could afford to eat diets rich in foods like red meat and alcohol, it was known as “The Disease of Kings” or “The Rich Man’s Disease” but it doesn’t just affect humans. Believe it or not, the oldest T-Rex (1) specimen in the world, a fossilized skeleton named Sue, is thought to have suffered from this excruciating illness too!
Until recently, gout was thought to be on the decline but researchers (2) say that hospital admissions for patients with the disease have increased by as much as 80 percent in just a decade. Some of the risk factors for gout include diets rich in things like high-fructose corn syrup, lack of exercise and obesity and so experts are blaming a modern lifestyle of unhealthy diets and sedentary living for this spike in patients.
If you are suffering from gout there is good news, while there is no cure for the disease, changes in diet and lifestyle can go a long way towards relieving painful symptoms. We have listed some suggestions to naturally ease discomfort from gout, including Joint Vitality. This powerful supplement is formulated with natural anti-inflammatories like turmeric/curcumin along with deer velvet to help rebuild damaged cartilage and deliver the natural support your body needs to restore and repair.
1 - Diet
Gout is caused by excessive levels of a chemical called uric acid in the body. If your body has more uric acid than the kidneys and liver are able to process, it begins to form crystals in joints and other tissues and if left untreated it can lead to permanent joint damage. While there is research that suggests that heredity may play a role in your likelihood to contract the disease, diet has a lot to do with it too.
Uric acid is a waste product that is created when the body digests a chemical compound known as purines. Purines can be found in almost all of the food we eat but there are some foods that contain concentrated levels of them, such as seafood and organ meats. While these can be relatively easy to avoid, other high purine ingredients like yeast and sugar are more problematic because bread and processed foods are a large part of many modern diets. Cutting bread out completely along with other baked goods can be very helpful if you’re suffering from gout and because sugar and high fructose corn syrup are in most processed foods, it’s best to do your cooking from scratch. If you’re not able to cook all of your meals, it’s important to limit the amount of processed foods you buy and to read the labels closely. If you must eat grain, stick to organic whole grains only and check the labels for added sugar.
Now that we’ve covered all the food to avoid, let’s talk about one delicious fruit you should be eating more of. Cherries. Not only do cherries promote weight loss and reduce general inflammation, studies have shown that just two days of a cherry-rich diet can reduce gout attacks by as much as 35%. So fill your fruit bowls and stock your fridge with some delicious unsweetened cherry juice. Your joints will thank you.
2 - Supplements
Just as there are certain foods it’s wise to avoid if you’re suffering from gout, there are some foods that are great for relieving inflamed and painful joints. The Arthritis Foundation suggests that anti-inflammatory Turmeric/Curcumin (3) may help reduce joint pain and swelling and grape seeds contain powerful antioxidants that have been shown in some studies (4) to lower blood uric acid. While it may be hard to eat enough grapes and turmeric in your daily diet to really benefit your joints, natural supplements like Joint Vitality can help.
“Most medicines don’t have the overall ability to treat the liver and causation of gout” says Osteopath, Homeopath and Nutritional Therapist Lou Hassik. “While traditional gout treatments were useful, they were basically a treatment of the systems...Joint Vitality addresses the root cause.”
The ingredients blended in our specialized tablets improve the gastrointestinal system, aiding in the effectiveness of immune cells and providing prevention treatment by improving the health of bones and joints themselves and supporting better blood supply to vulnerable areas. For both prevention and natural treatment, add Joint Vitality tablets to your daily routine.
3 - Alcohol & Sodas
Alcohol, especially beer, also contains high levels of purines and sodas and many sweet juices are full of high-fructose corn syrup. So, while you’re paying attention to your diet, limit your alcohol consumption as well. Cut out beer altogether, and try drinking tea or still or sparkling water instead of soda. As an added bonus, staying hydrated help remove toxins like purines from the body and so drinking plenty of water could help with gout symptoms too.
4 - Exercise
The general recommendation for how much we should be exercising to stay fit and healthy is just 30 minutes a day and we all know that exercise is good for everything from maintaining a healthy weight, to heart and bone health, so it’s no surprise that it can help with gout symptoms too. One study (5) found that men who ran 5 miles per day were half as likely to develop gout than those who were less active. However, if you are suffering from gout, it may be difficult to exercise and as inactivity can contribute to worsening attacks it can feel like a losing battle. Don’t lose heart, if you’re in pain, listen to your body and rest. But if you’re feeling good, it’s a great time to exercise. Try range of motion, stretching and strength exercises to support healthy joints, and low impact cardio exercises like bike riding, swimming and the eliptical are gentle on joints and a great way to get your blood pumping.
If you’re suffering from gout, remember that some simple lifestyle changes can go a long way to relieving painful symptoms and lessening the frequency and severity of gout attacks. Watch what you eat, cut out sodas and alcohol, be sure to get plenty of gentle exercise and try Joint Vitality, a powerful supplement expertly blended to support joint health.
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