Identifying the cause of gout is the first step to addressing the underlying cause. For some people this is going to be genetics but just because your dad had gout it does not mean that you have to as well, it could be that you are both eating the same dietary triggers that cause gout.
The first step is to start with some comprehensive blood testing to rule out other potential causes, as well as other imbalances that can be contributing to gout. I would also recommend testing gut function, as gut bacteria and parasites can also be a contributing factor to inflammation and gout.
Alkalize your diet by eliminating grains, processed foods, sugar and increasing your levels of fresh vegetables, salads and fruits.
Maintain a diet low in purines at all times. Purines are organic compounds that contribute to uric acid formation. Purine rich foods to reduce include anchovies, mackerel, shellfish, asparagus, red meat, mushrooms, mussels, sardines, peanuts, yeast (breads) and organ meats.
Consume plenty of water, fluid intake promotes the excretion of uric acid.
Alcohol both increases the production of uric acid and reduces uric acid elimination. Beer and wine also contain yeast.
Increase consumption of blueberries, cherries, and strawberries as they neutralise uric acid and have antioxidant properties. Black cherry juice is fantastic and I recommend this supplement from www.iherb.com ! If you’re in Gladstone check out The Health Nut for their Black Cherry juice and gout relief formula’s.
Eggs, nuts and seeds like almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, tofu, chicken are all good sources of protein and are alternatives to red meats, grass fed meats in moderation should be ok
Cottage cheese, goats cheese, ricotta cheese and natural yogurt are the best sources of dairy for you to be eating (as long as you tolerate dairy).
Use olive oil or coconut oil in cooking and salads and avoid fried foods.
Avoid coffee and white tea as these are acidic. Good alternatives include green tea which is rich in antioxidants, also dandelion leaf and nettle tea which promote kidney function and improved excretion of uric acid.
There are some fantastic supplements that work well for reducing and preventing gout attacks and combined with the the above diet and lifestyle tips for optimal results. Besides Black Cherry juice other options that can be helpful are celery seed, magnesium, potassium, curcumin and boswellia.
While these tips will help you eliminate gout it is also important to address your health as a whole and not just treat symptoms …. other important factors to address are sleep, digestion, hormones and your mental outlook.
Supplements to Eliminate Gout
Black Cherry juice can be expensive, and cherry season is quite short so eating a lot of cherries is not always an option, so the best idea is to take Black Cherry capsules which you can get from Amazon or www.iherb.com
Uric Acid Control is a great formula if your gout is caused by high levels of uric acid, it is available from Amazon or www.iherb.com
To get a customized plan to help identify the cause and treat the symptoms of gout the best option is to schedule a consultation with Planet Naturopath and we can help you get your gout and overall health back on track.