Surviving Gout

Michael From Florida Writes:

Gout has been a challenge for me over the last few years. My doctor frequently gives me medications that help temporarily. I feel like I can’t eat what I want, or I will immediately have a flare up. Am I stuck eating boring foods just to avoid the gout pain? What can I do?

Dear Michael,

Gout is known to be one of the most painful conditions that someone can have. The medications do work well to settle things down but many times we have to look at the root cause of gout and what could be causing it to consistently return. Gout is a form of arthritis that forms uric acid crystals in the joints. These crystals become very painful and usually occur in the wrist, ankle, big toe, elbow, or knee. There are some great natural ways to support gout. The first is making sure you are eating a great diet. There is the typical routine of avoiding certain foods to reduce the gout occurrence, however, a great solution is found in getting the body to break down proteins. When we don’t break proteins down well we tend to see excess uric acid crystals form. Getting the digestive system in proper working order many times can be a great solution. Her are some healthy tips:

1.Avoid Inflammatory Foods
Following an anti-inflammatory diet will help support healthy digestion. Eating on the principles of equal amounts of lean proteins, low glycemic carbohydrates, and healthy fats will make the difference. Learn How To Develop A Plan

2. Apple Cider Vinegar
An old grandma remedy. The vinegar helps to stimulate hydrochloric acid in the stomach that can help break down the proteins.

Help to support the healthy bacteria in the gut. When the proper gut flora is balanced, then our digestive system is in peak working order and can reduce the chance of building the excess uric acid. One of my favorite brands is

Eating pineapple can help support your digestion by adding a powerful essential called bromelain. This is main ingredient used in many supplements to help support the break down of proteins. Adding some pineapple to your meals may increase digestion.

5.Don’t Drink With Meals
Skip the fluid with meals. After the age of 35 we begin losing our hydrochloric acid in our stomach. It declines. When we drink a lot of fluid with meals it disrupts our digestive juices and causes us to not digest as well. 

These are some basic principles. You don’t have to be perfect with your eating, but be consistent about 80-90%