What is gout?
Also called “gouty arthritis,” gout is a painful type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body. In the joints, these uric acid crystals cause inflammatory arthritis, which in turn leads to heat, intermittent swelling, pain, redness, and stiffness in the joints. This affection is most frequently seen in men, especially those between the ages of 40 and 50.
What is uric acid?
Uric acid is a compound that results from the breakdown of purines. A normal part of all human tissue, purines are found in many foods. Usually, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and passed through the kidneys into the urine, where it is eliminated. But when uric acid levels in your blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in your joints, therefore resulting in an inflammation.
What are the symptoms of gout?
- joint redness;
- intense joint pain, which is most severe in the first 12 to 24 hours;
- nodules under the skin called tophi;
- tenderness, redness, and swelling of the joints;
- joint pain that lasts a few days to 2-3 weeks and spreads to more joints over time.
It is caused by an elevation of serum uric acid levels that cause crystals to accumulate in the joints, which bring on a gout flare.
Prevention and healing
Patients need to know that their serum uric acid level should be below 6 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Furthermore, because uric acid is created during the digestion and breakdown of purines, individuals that suffer from this affection can reduce the concentration of uric acid in the blood by avoiding high-purine foods.
High-purine foods include – all type of meats (especially kidneys and livers), eggs and dairy products. Consume as much as you want fruits and vegetables (including grains and legumes). Don’t forget to sprout your legumes.
Alcoholic beverages. Individuals who drink alcohol, especially beer, may double their likelihood of developing gout.
Some medicines may raise the level of uric acid. For instance, ”water” tablets (diuretics) such as aspirin, bendroflumethiazide, and some chemotherapy medicines.
Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is broken down into uric acid.
Another factor in acid formation is prolonged stress. Excess uric acid is sometimes created by your body when you’re under a great deal of stress or anger and harboring suppressed hostility. Meditation is one of the best methods you have to counteract stress, and your brain’s bias to hold onto negativity. Practice daily!
Moreover, restful sleep is important to staying strong and healthy. When you’re well-rested, you can approach stressful situations more calmly, yet sleep is so usually underemphasized or neglected.
Vitamin D is beneficial not just for gout patients. Many studies have shown its importance in maintaining overall health, as it stimulates over 2,000 genes in your body and plays an essential role in various bodily processes. If you want to raise your vitamin D levels, the best way to do it is via sun exposure.
Drink more water, around 2 to 3 quarts every day. Extra water dilutes and helps eliminate excess uric acid.
Spiritual meaning and causes of gout (gouty arthritis)
Impatience, anger and the need to dominate are associated with gout symptoms. In addition, feelings of scarcity or “poverty consciousness” or a feeling of being trapped can lead to physical inflammations.
I am at peace with myself and others. I am safe and secure.
My body knows how to heal itself, and is doing so even now.
As I relax, healing energies flow freely through my body.
Every part of my body carries out its tasks easily and naturally.
Every cell in my body is moving towards radiant health.