When the body accumulates uric acid then diseases like gout occur. Gout is characterized by severe pain in the joints; the most typical one is at the base of the big toe.
The uric acid accumulates in the body due to these two factors:
The body itself overproduces uric acid.
The inability of the body to remove the uric acid from its system.
The overproduction of uric acid in the body makes it impossible for the body to remove it all, and thus it accumulates in the blood and tissues. The most affected body organs from this overproduction are the kidneys and joints. The uric acid concentrates and forms sodium urate crystals that can cause two pathologies: kidney stones or gout.
In most cases the disease is a result of improper diet, and because of that we need to pay a special attention to our diet and eliminate foods that cause the buildup of uric acid in the body.
Uric acid can be produced when the blood insulin levels are getting higher, but primarily it is a byproduct of the digestion of foods that contain purine.
Purine-containing Foods – the Main Cause for High Uric Acid Levels in the Body:
Dried tea leaves
Meat–this animal protein is high in purines, and because of that its consumption triggers the body to produce too much uric acid. Red meat, and as well as white meat, seafood, and fish have in their contents purines that the body converts into uric acid while the digestion process.
Foods with high glycemic index like sugar and refined grains increase the uric acid production in the body according to researchers. Once consumed the sugar quickly goes into the bloodstream, and thus causes a quick and substantial increase in insulin levels in the blood, which in turn leads to an increase in uric acid production.
Alcohol – it has in its content ethanol that increases the uric acid levels in the body.
The high consumption of the above listed foods leads to excessive uric acid production. Due this overproduction in time the body loses its ability to flush it out from the system and thus starts to accumulate into the body and eventually leads to gout. The body will send the following symptoms.
Painful joints characterized with acute and sudden pain, and the most affected are the ones located at the extremities of the limbs, either the hands or the feet.
Experiencing cold sensation in the afflicted joints.
Swelling accompanied with redness of the affected areas.
Prevention and treatment of gout
In order to prevent the occurrence of this disease we should make a change in our lifestyle including the diet as well. By all means you should avoid the consumption of foods that cause the uric acid production in the body. Instead of them you should introduce foods into your diet that promote the regeneration of the body and the proper function of emunctories which are accountable for waste disposal.
How to treat it?
First of all these are the things that you need to avoid by all means:
Avoid or exclude alcohol intake.
Remove from your diet foods with high glycemic index foods such as white bread, refined sugar, and others.
Minimize the intake of meat, or consider becoming a vegetarian.
Foods that are beneficial for your body and that will protect you from gout are the following ones:
Fruits and vegetables high vitamin C.
Veggies and oils that are loaded with unsaturated fatty acids, including avocado and olive oil.
Consume berries like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries.
Drink plenty of water so that to efficiently remove waste and toxins from the body.