Ouch!! GOUT…

Saturday 19 July 2008 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Congrats to all who suffered gout before. I’m not being cruel but it’s the byproduct of “good” life, “good” living with “good” food. These people are usually overweight, inactive, highly stressed, eat anything they like, even double portions, alcohol drinkers, don’t like to drink water, medicine poppers, low kidney functionality, high blood pressure, diabetics, think they are doing all the right thing of watching food – so called Low Uric Diet. Are you being described here?

Lately, I got my blood test and my Uric Acid is high, higher than the upper limit. I am determined to lower it and I will definitely achieve it. Hope the information and the way I am going to deal with it can benefits some readers.

To start with, stop blaming it on hereditary. “Oh.. my dad has it so I can not avoid it..”; “Well, it runs in the family..” I am not saying it does not contribute; but it is your life, we can better it with our own control and lifestyle. If you still want to blame your family tree, please read no further. The rest of the ariticle means nothing to you. Save your time and go for your seafood instead. Bye..

Ok, for those of you who passes this point, I respect you for taking full responsibility for your own self. I will make it simple and brief, and as least painful as I can.

From food, be it beans, some vegetables or meat, we consumed purines. While purines are broken down, Uric Acid is the waste product. With the help of digestive enzyme – “Uricase”, our body get rid of Uric Acid mainly through kidney as urination.

Chemical Structure of Uric Acid

When there are excessive Uric Acid, complexities happened. Most common one is Gout, where joints are inflamed due to the crystalisation of Uric Acid crystals. It will usually starts from small joints like toes or fingers; severe cases can be the collar bones; simulating a heart attack.

The most common solution at this point is pain killer drugs, Allopurinol, Colchicine, Vioxx the list goes on.. Are they really the cure for high Uric Acid in our body? No, drugs are only temporary measure, to relief pain, maybe to reduce the formation of uric crystals for a short period of time. But, their side-effects should not be ignored, for they have a big part to play in your health deterioration.

The known reasons for high Uric Acid are as follows:-

  • high consumption of Uric Acid food, red meat, seafood, certain vegetables and giblets;
  • kidney failure;
  • associated to high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes & atherosclerosis;
  • overweight;
  • stress;
  • hypothyroidism;
  • food allergies;
  • low potassium, due to dieting (not knowingly the more one control, the worse one’s condition gets;
  • medication; diuretics – weight loss, antibiotics, rheumatoid arthritis, beta blocker – high blood pressure and the list goes on.

As the lists tell us that medication for Gout does not serve as a permanent remedy but temporary with side effects. I am not going for the drugs (pain killer) but knowing that if attack ever happen high dose of Vitamin B, C and Calcium/Magnesium 3-5 times a day will help.

From now on everyday I will:-

  • drink at least 6-8 ounce of mineral water (NOT distilled or R.O. water);
  • take high potassium food (but be careful of banana for sugar);
  • more fruit & vegetables (can keep Uric Acid from forming crystal);
  • drink freshly squeezed lemon juice in lukewarm water;
  • go for high fibre diet (low G.I. – Glycemic Index)
  • supplement after every meal with
  • B Complex (if needed B5 for short term remedy)
  • Vit C (with BioFlavonoids)
  • Fish Oil
  • Calcium/Magnesium
  • Lecithin E
  • not forgetting my exercise, at least a 30min hike or run, at least 4-5 times weekly.

Let’s do it together. Even if you don’t have Gout problem now, follow these steps can prevent it. This article is very condensed, many issues are not being mentioned. Do contribute and tell us how you have been doing it. Most welcome are grandmother’s tale of dealing with illness of any type.

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