Making a few easy (and tasty!) changes to your diet helps to reduce gout joint pain.
Gout and joint pain can really put a wrench in your day-to-day life. When you have to think twice about getting out of bed, even mundane tasks seem insurmountable.
A sharp pain wrenched Sarah out of her deep sleep in the middle of the night. Her left foot was throbbing; the pain seemed to originate in her big toe that was swollen, tender, and very sore. The pain was almost too much to bear, and even the thought of moving her sore foot off her bed was scary.
This is what a night in the life of a person suffering from arthritic gout or joint pain is like – inconvenient, painful, and debilitating. Gout is one of the many reasons why you may be suffering from joint pain. Conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and injuries also cause extreme joint pain. However, gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. You develop the condition when there is excessive uric acid build-up in your body. Although it can affect other joints such as your knees, wrists, fingers, elbows, wrists, heels, etc., the pain generally starts from the big toe. Excessive build-up of uric acid in the body leads to a number of problems.
Why does uric acid build-up happen?
So we’ve zeroed in on uric acid build-up as being the culprit behind gout joint pain, but why does this build-up happen in the first place? Your body gets uric acid from two sources – it is manufactured within the body, and from the food that you eat. Purine is a substance that is found in every cell in your body. It is also found in many foodstuffs. The breakdown of purines results in the formation of uric acid. When your body is working at optimum levels, the uric acid created and ingested dissolves in the bloodstream, and is removed out of the body in the form of urine.
The Global RPH reports that more than 2 million people suffer from arthritic gout, of which 75+ percent patients are men. According to a recent study, a direct link has been established between uric acid build-up and an acidic diet. The study found that eating more acidic substances worsened uric acid build-up, thereby leading to problems such as gout joint pain and kidney stones. Conversely, changing your diet to include alkaline substances and foodstuffs with less purine content helps to effectively lower the quantity of uric acid crystals in the body.
According to the study, some food products that boosted the alkaline content in the body include:
Some of the foods to ingest in low to moderate quantities include high protein foods such as meat, eggs, butter, corn, alcohol, sugar, salad oils, and mayo. These items are prone to creating acidic by-products, and so it is best to limit them in your diet.
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