Do I have gout? Do I have gout? If you are one of tens of millions of people all over the world you may well be asking this question.
If you have suffered from gout before, then you know the burning agony that gout causes and also most probably suspect when it is coming back and then will most likely be asking the other question:
Do I have gout . . .again?
Like many of the modern health epidemics, gout is getting more and more common. It is not getting any better even though more research into gout is being done than ever before.
The amount of people that suffer from gout is getting bigger and bigger due to:
- poor education,
- a lack of any real clarity on how to train yourself out of gout and
- a lack of awareness of the true causes of gout.
If you have a swollen, hot to touch and intensely painful joint then the answer is most likely a big YES to the `Do I have gout’ question. Especially if you have no recent physical trauma to the joint.
Your gout may no longer be acute. You may have moved into chronic gout, a situation where you will suffer gout attack after gout attack over the years and this causes real and lasting damage to your joints.
If this is your first flare up then your hyperuricemia (an excess of uric acid) is now progressing into acute gout.
Whatever stage of gout you are in, whether you are a first time gout sufferer or a repeat offender, the truth is plain;
You need to get the right education about gout and how to deal with it. This way you can improve the quality of your life and become a winner instead of a victim.
Do I have gout . . . What is Gout?
This is not so easy a question as it would appear. The most widely publicized and repeated answer to this question is that it is a problem with uric acid levels in your blood.
This is only partly true.
…the focus by the pharmaceutical companies is to convince you to take gout medicine. This, your doctor will most likely tell you is the best way to manipulate high uric acid levels within your body.
…this is not an intelligent approach to gout.
Instead it deliberately shifts focus away from your ability to solve your gout by altering your lifestyle.
Do I Have Gout? . . . The Risk Factors
As a gout sufferer your focus and understanding is repeatedly focused by your doctor and by the drug companies on purine rich food and alcohol.
Now both of these things do play a role in gout. I’m not going to pretend that they don’t, but… they are not the only factor. These two aspects are not as important in gout control and elimination as the quality and content of the food that you are eating.
Alcohol does get a bad rap because to be fair alcohol taxes your kidneys. It puts a lot of strain on your internal system and powerfully alters the environment of your body. Taking control of alcohol consumption is a no brainer for gout sufferers.
This may be the primary factor that you yourself need to focus on.
What is obvious in the modernized, western world is that our diet of overly processed food and lazy lifestyle is to blame. It is more to blame than simple purines or alcohol. Gout used to be the disease of kings. The rich man’s disease.
These days more often than not gout is caused by junk food instead of rich food.
Do I have gout? . . . What’s in my food?
Ask yourself: Do I have gout? Do I know what’s in my food?
All processed foods these days are stuffed full of additives.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a major player in most processed foods, carbonated soft drinks, juice drinks, sauces, canned goods and so on. You will find High Fructose Corn Syrup in all other sorts of food that you wouldn’t expect it to be in. Not only that but often the HFCS is added to a food and this makes it much sweeter so then more salt it added to balance this out!
Talk about a recipe for ill health!
In the article `High Fructose Corn Syrup & Gout’ from arthritiscare.com, uric acid and how HFCS increases it is outlined in detail. The article even calls uric acid the new cholesterol threat of the modern age.
“There are more than 3,500 articles to date showing a strong relationship between uric acid and obesity, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, kidney disease, and other conditions..…Uric acid levels among Americans have risen significantly since the early half of the 20th Century. In the 1920s, average uric acid levels were about 3.5 ml/dl. By 1980, average uric acid levels had climbed into the range of 6.0 to 6.5 ml/dl and are probably much higher now.”
Another huge risk factor for gout is hydrogenated fats and oils. Your body is a very complex system that was designed, created or evolved (depending on your beliefs) a long time ago. It hasn’t had an upgrade in how it works in many thousands of years…
…things like hydrogenated oils and fats(HOFs) are modern synthetic fats. These things are not really suited for human consumption, certainly not on a regular basis.
This is not to say that your body doesn’t need fats and oils, because it truly does, but in the right amounts and of the right sort.
HOFs and trans fatty acids and the habitual eating of them are directly responsible for the decline in health we see in most modernized countries around the world.
The problem really comes from the fact that there is simply too little unified education. We are not taught about how these two and many other toxins impact on our health.
HFCS & HOFs are both scientifically possible.
We as a species have the ability to make them, but that does not always mean that we should.
Scientists, researchers and doctors have raved about how bad both of these are for the human body. There is money to be made from them, though so they are still produced and allowed in the food you eat.
It really is up to you to read the labels on the foods you buy.
Avoid those which have ingredients with long complicated names that you can’t explain or understand.
The state of your long-term health and your gout will both dramatically improve just by cutting out these two ingredients from your diet.
Do I Have Gout? . . . What To Do About Gout
If you are a gout sufferer and have been for several years, then `How should I treat gout?’ is a question that you will have asked yourself time and time again. Going online and visiting websites will give you many answers, some based solely on pharmaceutical care, others on more natural cures. Much of it conflicting and confusing.
But the main thing you need to do is alter the environment of your body. You have to get to grips with your pH and alkalinity. This is the biggest factor in not only your gout health, but your long-term health.
Every part of your body is affected by the nutrients AND toxins that enter into it and are carried by your blood. Your blood really does feed your muscles and your heart and every other part of you.
The contents of your blood is processed and cleaned by your kidneys. These powerful and unceasing organs inside of you are phenomenal. Your kidneys certainly need to be kept in the best possible shape possible.
Ways that you can help your kidneys to do a great job are:
This could be through a planned and regularly implemented set of breathing exercises which focuses on full, deep, slow breaths.
With your body and acidity it is more than simply eating alkaline foods. It is also about oxygen. You have to take in enough oxygen to keep your blood cells saturated so that they remain gout hostile.
Ensuring proper hydration at all times
Drinking water is a simple thing to do. But so few of us drink enough of it. Instead we end up drinking other things like sodas and juices. Water is vital to healthy kidney function, and essential in gout pain relief. It is also important to understand that the treated `safe’ water that we get in the western world is also far from safe for your kidneys. Whilst it may not kill you, the chemicals it contains put strain on your kidneys making their job more difficult.
Conventional wisdom has us believing that 2 litres of water a day is enough. For most gout sufferers this is way too low. The exact amount of water you need is dependent upon several factors and these are analysed in the 7 day program.
When it comes to diet you have to understand that food provides you far more than just the macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fats. We all know about vitamins and minerals but one aspect of the diet so overlooked is fibre.
Your diet should be made up of as many fresh foods as possible, and organic if you can.
The reason for this is that these are `complete foods’ that are not processed. Because of this your body can easily absorb the nutrients they contain and also use these to push everything through.
Fresh fruit and vegetables will get your intestines working properly and if your budget can stretch to it, organic is always better. Probiotics are also essential for a healthy gut atmosphere and the development of a super strong and resilient, gout hostile environment. You can get probiotics from the health food store, but naturally occurring ones are:
Yoghurt, kimchi and other fermented vegetables.
Do I Have Gout? . . . Stress
Ask your self: Do I have gout? Do I have stress?
Stress is at the root of so many diseases and health conditions. The way the modern world works and the constant unceasing race to make more money ahs us all wound up and stressed out. It is important that you understand that this too creates gout friendly options as it lowers your whole immune system. Developing ways to manage stress are very beneficial. Meditation is a great method. For more ideas on destroying stress, click here
Sleep is important for your body and it is when you are asleep that a lot of the repair work is done. It is important that you regularly get good sleep.
Exercise on a regular basis will not only make you fitter and stronger but it will also help oxygenate the blood and improve digestion.
So the answer to that question
Do I Have Gout?