My beautiful wife is Korean, and part of Korean cooking is all about pickling / preserving vegetables. Now I love Korean food, but I was watching my wife make type of Korean pickled cucumber and it got me thinking about gout.
And some salt and sugar.
And yes I know you’re probably thinking what has this got to do with gout? But I’m getting there!
Basically all that happens is you put the cucumbers in a container, add the salt and sugar and leave them alone for a few days.
The change is quite amazing really:
All of that water that you can see was drawn out of the cucumbers by the salt! This is where I got to thinking about gout. These days we live in a very fast world, and the majority of gout sufferers tend to eat a lot of foods that come out of a packet, rather than from a tree or out of the ground.
Instead of potatoes, we eat potato chips or French fries all covered in salt!
Cakes have salt added to them to increase their shelf life, and so does every canned and jarred product.
Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t eat these things, but if just by sitting in the salt, the cucumbers are having that much water drawn out of them, what happens to our bodies if we feed them a diet of high salt food?
You see how shrivelled up and ill the cucumbers become? Well that is what happens to your kidneys if you have a lot of processed foods.
Your kidneys are the major player when it comes to a gout attack and one of the best weapons you can use is potassium.
Potassium deficiency is often seen in people with gout, and potassium supplements, which are known to alkalize your urine, may help your body to excrete uric acid. If you eat a highly processed diet (the same type often associated with gout), you may not be getting enough potassium into your body to keep your kidneys strong.
Potassium is widely available in fruits and vegetables, I’ve included some of the best below:
Swiss chard (960 mg of potassium per 1 cup)
Avocado (874 mg per cup)
Spinach (838 mg per cup)
Crimini mushrooms (635 mg in 5 ounces)
Broccoli (505 mg per cup)
Brussels sprouts (494 mg per cup)
Celery (344 mg per cup)
Romaine lettuce (324 mg per 2 cups)
These days though, we’re busy people and often supplements are a more realistic way of making sure we get enough nutrients into our bodies. You can order high quality potassium here: