My answer to Can Gout be cured permanently?
Answer by Connie b. Dellobuono:
My 81 yr old mother has high uric acid, with her meat diet, stress and lack of sleep, it attacked her again last week.
I am now starting a strict diet for her, as listed below.
Gout, a painful form of arthritis, occurs when high levels of uric acid in the blood cause crystals to form and accumulate around a joint.
Uric acid is produced when the body breaks down a chemical called purine. Purine occurs naturally in your body, but it's also found in certain foods. Uric acid is eliminated from the body in urine.
- High-purine vegetables. Studies have shown that vegetables high in purines do not increase the risk of gout or recurring gout attacks. A healthy diet based on lots of fruits and vegetables can include high-purine vegetables, such as asparagus, ginger spinach, peas, cauliflower or mushrooms. You can also eat beans or lentils, which are moderately high in purines but are also a good source of protein. Greens rich in sulfur such as asparagus, broccoli, parsley, celery , carrots, cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce ,zucchini, squash ,pumpkin , watermelon, green beans, cinnamon, black currants berries for tea, nettle soup, coffe (black and green), and probiotics such as pickled greens and yogurt.
- Eat high potassium rich foods. Potassium citrate helps alkalize your urine and improves the excretion of uric acid. Potassium is widely available in fruits and vegetables. The most beneficial sources include broccoli, celery, avocado, spinach and romaine lettuce. If you want to supplement, consider using potassium bicarbonate, which is probably the best potassium source to use as a supplement.
- Avoid sugar. Uric acid is a byproduct of. In fact, fructose is the ONLY type of sugar that will raise your uric acid levels and will typically generate uric acid within minutes of ingestion. The ideal range for uric acid is between 3 to 5.5 mg/dL. The connection between fructose consumption and increased uric acid is so reliable that a uric acid level taken from your blood can actually be used as a marker for fructose toxicity.
- Avoid Organ and glandular meats, high in purines. Avoid meats such as liver, kidney and sweetbreads, which have high purine levels and contribute to high blood levels of uric acid. Organ meats, brewer’s yeast, sardines and tuna packed in oil, chicken livers and beef fillet all have over 100 mg of purine per 100 g of product.Foods high in purine will breakdown to uric acid.
- Avoid Selected seafood. Avoid the following types of seafood, which are higher in purines than others: anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, haddock, mackerel and tuna.
- Avoid Alcohol. The metabolism of alcohol in your body is thought to increase uric acid production, and alcohol contributes to dehydration. Beer is associated with an increased risk of gout and recurring attacks, as are distilled liquors to some extent. The effect of wine is not as well-understood. If you drink alcohol, talk to your doctor about what is appropriate for you.
- Vitamin C. Vitamin C may help lower uric acid levels. Talk to your doctor about whether a 500-milligram vitamin C supplement fits into your diet and medication plan. Vit C rich citrus fruits such as lemon, digestive enzymes from pineapple, papaya and mangoes. Good fats in avocado, coconut and fruits such as apples, kiwi,plums, pomelo, pears, cherries, peaches, blackberries.
- Coffee. Some research suggests that moderate coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of gout, particularly with regular caffeinated coffee. Drinking coffee may not be appropriate for other medical conditions. Talk to your doctor about how much coffee is right for you.
- Cherries. There is some evidence that eating cherries is associated with a reduced risk of gout attacks.
- Avoid: Prescription drugs, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (), which are the norm when it comes to , have been proven to do you more harm than good.
- Reduce stress, sleep more and Practice Grounding. Grounding or earthing is the process of, permitting free electrons from the earth to enter your body. These powerful antioxidants combat free radicals in your system.Grounding may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and may thin your blood, both good things when you want to reduce your risk for gout. If you want to try grounding, start by walking in a dewy, grassy area barefoot.If you live near a large body of water, that’s a great location for walking barefoot, as seawater is a good conductor.