Gout, also know as gouty arthritis, is a painful condition of the joints that results when there is too much uric acid in the body. The excess of uric acid leads to the formation of small crystals of urate (uric acid crystals). Some of these crystal deposits form in the synovial fluid (lubricating fluid around joints) that then cause inflammation and result in this painful condition.
The common gout attack is severe pain in the big toe accompanied by redness and intense pain. Other joints may be affected and the pain can be so intense that even touching the area is intolerable. Gout is most common among men and postmenopausal women. Alcohol consumption, high consumption of meats, being overweight, and certain diuretic medications appear to increase the risk of gout.
For immediate pain relief:
• A few drops each of Frankincense and Basil to the painful area. After application cover with a hot towel compress. Repeat 2-3 times daily.
• Other oils combinations are also recommended with the same procedure. Lemongrass and Wintergreen or single oils Basil, Soothing Blend, or Peppermint.
Many stress the importance of dietary considerations. The following comes from MayoClinic.com:
• Limit animal protein. Avoid or severely limit high-purine foods, including organ meats, such as liver, and herring, anchovies and mackerel. Red meat (beef, pork and lamb), fatty fish and seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster and scallops) are associated with increased risk of gout. Because all animal protein contains purines, limit your intake to 4 to 6 ounces (113 to 170 grams) daily.
• Eat more plant-based proteins. You can increase your protein by including more plant-based sources, such as beans and legumes. This switch will also help you cut down on saturated fats, which may indirectly contribute to obesity and gout.
• Limit or avoid alcohol. Alcohol interferes with the elimination of uric acid from your body. Drinking beer, in particular, has been linked to gout attacks. If you’re having an attack, avoid alcohol. However, when you’re not having an attack, drinking one or two 5-ounce (148 milliliter) servings a day of wine is not likely to increase your risk.
• Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Fluids can help remove uric acid from your body. Aim for eight to 16 8-ounce (237 milliliter) glasses a day.
• Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Some studies have shown that drinking skim or low-fat milk and eating foods made with them, such as yogurt, help reduce the risk of gout. Aim for adequate dairy intake of 16 to 24 fluid ounces (473 to 710 milliliters) daily.
• Choose complex carbohydrates. Eat more whole grains and fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, cakes and candy.
• Limit or avoid sugar. Too many sweets can leave you with no room for plant-based proteins and low-fat or fat-free dairy products — the foods you need to avoid gout. Sugary foods also tend to be high in calories, so they make it easier to eat more than you’re likely to burn off. Although there’s debate about whether sugar has a direct effect on uric acid levels, sweets are definitely linked to overweight and obesity.
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