Gout is a painful condition that develops due to high uric acid levels in the blood. The pain caused by gout comes in repeated episodes and the primary goal of any affected individual becomes pain relief and preventing pain from reoccurring.
Gout TreatmentPeople who are diagnosed with gout usually get tips on how to manage stress, what foods and drinks should they avoid and how to exercise. On the other hand, patients rarely get the list of things they can do. However, it is negative information given by doctors that cause additional stress and the gout is actually triggered by stress. Therefore, the patients should seek something positive that will improve their attitude toward relieving the symptoms and curing gout. Here is the list of beneficial things you can do for gout treatment.
Cherry juice is usually one of the first things that doctors recommend as gout relief therapy. Cherry juice helps to reduce levels of uric acid in the blood as well as to reduce inflammation. The patients can also benefit from eating fresh cherries as well as other berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and red grapes.
Purine-rich diet affects gout in a positive way for a patient. Purine is a chemical compound that can be found in virtually all foods. However, high concentrations of purine are present in different types of proteins we consume. High amount of purine increases levels of the uric acid thus triggers gout attacks. In order to decrease the risk of gout attack the patients are advised to avoid rich sources of purine. Sources of protein low in purine include boneless and skinless chicken breast, beef loin and pork loin. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables are also beneficial to patients with gout.
Exercise is important for gout patients for two reasons: to regulate body weight as obesity can cause the disease and as a way to reduce stress which is the trigger. However, during gout flare up patients must avoid impact exercise until the symptoms improve.
Insufficient rest and sleep are related to many health conditions as well as to gout. Adequate rest and sleep help to improve overall health and reduce levels of stress thus decrease the risk of gout attacks.
Stress is the second leading cause of gout next to the amount of purine. Gout generally flares up during the times of extreme stress. Reducing stress is beneficial to gout and there are many ways one can achieve this, such as deep breathing technique, meditation and others.