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Understand why you have gout so you can prevent it

by , 31 March 2014

There are two reasons why you suffer from excruciating joint pain because of gout. The first is because you eat too many foods high in purines. These purines turn into uric acid and your body has no other option but to dump excessive uric acid into your joints. Second, your body can't excrete uric acid well enough, and that's why the uric acid levels in your body shoot up. Use this information to understand why you have gout, so you can change the things that trigger your symptoms…

Treating gout starts with the first step: Understanding food and how it causes gout

Foods high in protein are the biggest culprits containing purines. The purines break down to form uric acid and because your body can’t excrete the uric acid as quickly as it forms, it finds places to put it: In your joints.
 
Your big toe is the most vulnerable spot for developing gout. This because the circulation is particularly bad in that joint, and the uric acid stays put, forming crystals that irritate the soft tissue around the joint.
 
This becomes worse when coupled with other conditions! Your circulation gets worse with obesity, while uric acid levels build up because of kidney disease and some medications. If you starve yourself, your purine levels also shoot up. So understanding what you put in your mouth is the first step in determining why you suffer from gout.

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Change your habits to lower uric acid levels in your system
 
Now you know what the cause of your gout is, make the following changes to your lifestyle:
 
·         Lose weight
·         Avoid foods that contain purines – red meat and organ meat.
·         Drink less alcohol (particularly beer as it’s highest in purines)
·         Drink a lot of water to flush your system, improve your circulation and help your kidneys.
 
You don’t have to live the rest of your life suffering from painful gout. Use this information to control your symptoms and finally prevent flare-ups of painful gout.

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