Gout and Uric Acid

What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by high Uric Acid levels in blood and subsequent deposition of Uric acid crystals in joints.

What are the symptoms of Gout?

·         Warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in a joint, usually a big toe joint.

·         Gout can also affect the joints of the feet, ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows.

·         Very red or purplish skin around the affected joint. The joint may appear to be infected.
Gout may first appear as nodules (tophi) on the hands, elbows, or ears. You may not have any of the classic symptoms of a gout attack

·         The pain often starts during the night. It may get worse quickly, last for hours, and be so intense that even light pressure from a sheet is intolerable.

 

What are normal Uric Acid levels?

·         Females: 2.4 to 5.7 mg%

·         Males:     3.4 to 7.0 mg%

What should I do when Uric Acid is high?

It is imperative that you see a Physician whenever you are diagnosed with having a high blood Uric Acid level.

In addition to medications prescribed, a few dietary modifications may help control your condition:

1)      Drink plenty of water. Water helps to flush out Uric acid fom the circulation through the kidneys.

2)      Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates such as white bread and cakes.

3)      Alcohol interferes with the elimination of uric acid from your body. Drinking beer in particular has been linked to gout attacks

4)      Avoid meat, poultry and fish - animal proteins are high in purine and this will result in high uric acid levels in the body

5)      Consume lots of cherries, Apples, Lime, French bean juice, celery seeds, berries, carrot cucumber and beet root juices, vitamin c rich foods.

6)      High fibre foods- Dietary fibre may help absorb uric acid in your bloodstream, allowing it to be eliminated from your body through your kidneys. Increase the consumption of dietary soluble fibres such as Isabgol, Oats, Spinach, Broccoli to name few.

7)      Antioxidant-rich foods- Fruits and vegetables such as red bell peppers, tomatoes, blueberries, broccoli and grapes are rich sources of antioxidant vitamins.

8)      Switch over to green tea instead of our normal tea.

Celery seed extract- Celery possesses sedative, antioxidant and mild diuretic action and is considered a urinary antiseptic