Kidney Symptoms: Gout is Not Just a Rich Man’s Disease

In bygone days gout was considered a rich man’s disease. When you take a look at the dietary causes, it will be much easier to understand why doctors or healers believed that only rich people got gout. In reality, around ten percent of the world’s population suffers from gout. Men get gout more often than women, and many kidney patients succumb to gout. The reason gout develops is the kidneys inability to filter out the uric acid present in the body. It is thought that the tendency to contract gout may be genetic. The increased uric acid in the blood causes urate crystals to form in the kidneys and the joints.

Transient arthritis is one of the first symptoms of gout. This type of arthritis can move from joint to joint or be present in some joints, but not others. This is why it is considered ‘transient’. The joint discomfort and pain is caused by the urate crystals that accumulate in the kidneys. The increase of the uric acid in the body causes inflammation in the joints, most often the lower extremities, specifically the big toe.

Treatment of gout with conventional pharmaceuticals
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) decrease inflammation and pain in the joints caused by gout. Unfortunately many people suffer side effects from these medications such as abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea and stomach bleeding. The medication can also contribute to other health issues such as kidney and liver damage.

Natural Treatments for Gout
One of the best ways to prevent gout is to drink at least 64 ounces (1800mL) of water daily. You can also consume fresh vegetable juices and antioxidant herbal green tea daily, especially at the first signs of gout. This will keep the urine diluted and will help the kidneys excrete uric acid and prevent crystals forming inside the kidneys. Foods that contain large amounts of potassium assist the kidneys in ridding the body of uric acid. However if you have chronic kidney damage you should talk to your doctor as you may need to limit your potassium consumption and water intake. High fiber diets can be helpful as fiber helps to excrete waste products from the body.

Here is the reason why gout was once considered just a rich man’s disease. The foods that trigger an attack of gout are rich, laden with fats, sugars, starches and were once so expensive that individuals of lower incomes were not able to afford these foods. These are the foods one should avoid in order to keep gout at bay: Fatty Meats, poultry such as goose and duck, seafood, high sugar/starch vegetables like peas, alcohol, caffeine, yeast products, fried foods, dairy products, sweets such as cakes, cookies and pies.

I know that eliminating these types of food from the diet may seem drastic, but in the end your body will be much healthier, and it will certainly help to avoid gout which sometimes causes quite a bit of discomfort, and often extreme acute pain.

Changing the diet is the best prevention and cure for gout. Pineapple, and especially cherry, have proven to be most beneficial for treating gout, so give yourself and your taste buds a treat and eat and drink plenty of fresh pineapple and cherries. What a delicious remedy!

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