WHY DO LOW PURINE GOUT DIETS ALONE FAIL TO RESOLVE GOUT?
Is a healthy diet important to gout control? ABSOLUTELY! However, focusing solely on purines can lead to trouble. Only 30% of uric acid production stems directly from the purines in foods. The other 70% is manufactured from the dying cells in our body. Cells die at a much higher rate in the presence of unhealthy and unbalanced diets, stress, medications, environmental toxins, weight problems, and our overall lifestyle.
We cannot fully control all of the toxins and acids in our environment that contribute to our cellular degeneration. Perfect diets can be quite challenging, if not impossible. We MUST approach gout healing and continued gout control with a fully comprehensive plan including diet, lifestyle, vitamins, and supplement(s) to provide the best support system possible.
Purines are found in every plant and animal cells. Purines include adenine, guanine, hypoxanthine, and xanthine. Purines constitute one of the major parts of our genetic codes, DNA and RNA, and energy molecules such as ATP, GTP and coenzyme A. Purine molecules are essential to all of life.
ARE THERE FOODS THAT SPECIFICALLY CAUSE A GOUT ATTACK?
Many chronic gout sufferers are almost always bordering a high level where any one meal can push them over the edge and into an attack. The combination of both a high purine AND high acid meal can prove to be too much. This is why many people believe that a specific food is the cause of their gout attack; however, it is usually just what happens to tip that "already full cup" over and into an attack.
You must bring your uric acid down to a manageable level in order to gain some flexibility in your diet. Once again, this is where vitamins and supplements are necessary to provide your body with all of the tools that are crucial to uric acid management. You must enhance the body's ability to fight this disease, and diet alone can make this a daunting task.
IF LOW PURINE GOUT DIETS AREN'T THE WAY TO GO, WHAT IS?
Healthy, low purine foods should always remain a part of the balance you are aiming for. The better option would be to focus more on pH balance, as a whole. pH balanced meals and lifestyles can further your quest for healthy cell protection, thereby reducing your overall uric acid load. pH balance also aids to reduce the inflammatory response in the body that sends your organs into a frenzy and allows uric acid to be freely stored to be "dealt with" later.
Acid/ Alkaline base has to be in balance. If not, our organs and bones often end up providing the alkaline buffers. This leads to chronic degenerative diseases. Remember, in order to remain healthy or improve your health, the ph of your body must be slightly alkaline.
We can and must further support our needs and alkaline buffers through vitamins and supplements.
HOW DOES EXCESS WEIGHT/OBESITY AFFECT GOUT ATTACKS?
We know that overeating promotes the inflammatory response and suppresses the immune system. Obesity can affect the heart, blood flow, friendly bacteria levels and nutrient assimilation appointing excess strain on these organs and their essential functions. As a result, extra uric acid production is common. Moreover, the typical diet involved in obesity cases is rarely conducive to healthy uric acid balance.
Heavy, red-meat-based diets or lots of sugar-laden foods would definitely have a negative impact on immune function and promote inflammation, whereas calories in the form of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds would improve immunity.
It is known that even an extra 20 pounds can create an abundance of inflammation in the human body and lower overall immunity. Weight management is an important aspect of maintaining a balanced immune system and controlling inflammatory conditions such as Gout.
IS THE ATKIN'S DIET A PROBLEM FOR GOUT SUFFERERS? ARE OTHER FAST WEIGHT LOSS METHODS PROBLEMATIC, TOO?
The Atkins Diet is a high protein and highly acidic approach to weight loss. This diet holds little to no alkaline balance, a balance essential to maintaining healthy body environment. Acidic body conditions allow for disease growth. Consequently, diets like these can drastically increase your chances, and even directly contribute to, Gout and other degenerative disease development. Crash diets deplete the body of vital nutrients, creating an acidic body environment, and release stored purines from the body fat in the process. As you know, excess purine release results in even further uric acid production.
A healthy weight is essential to gout and disease control. Fast and unnatural weight loss methods are dangerous to your health AND increase uric acid levels in the body. Purines are stored in fat cells. When they are released too quickly, overload is inevitable. Your body needs the time to slowly deal with the purine release in order to excrete it from the body and avoid even more uric acid production and storage.
SHOULD I BE EATING LOW FAT AND FAT FREE FOODS ONLY?
Low fat and fat free foods are rarely recommended by us. In most cases, they aren't any "better", and can raise even more health concerns.
Most of these foods are chemically altered and processed to achieve the fat removal and often replaced with even more undesirable ingredients, like sugar, to enhance their taste. Fat restrictions can go way too far and can be equally as dangerous as a diet too heavy in all the wrong fats.
By and large, blood pH is the most accurate way of measuring our health and body functioning. However, this cannot be done at home and is rarely done professionally, either. Urine and saliva testing can be rather telling about our overall health and the capability of uric acid excretion. This type of testing can be done at home.
Test your urine over a 48 hour period, 4 to 6 times a day -- one upon waking one, 1 hour after breakfast, 1 hour after lunch, 1 hour after dinner and before bed. If you wake at night to urinate, we advise to test that one also. Record your results.
IS SUGAR A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO URIC ACID PROBLEMS?
YES!! Fructose increases uric acid through a complex process that causes cells to burn up their ATP rapidly, leading to "cell shock" and increased cell death (remember 70% of uric acid production comes from the death of your cells!) After eating excessive amounts of fructose, cells become starved of energy and enter a state of shock, just as if they have lost their blood supply. Massive cellular die-off leads to increased uric acid levels.
HCFS, or High Fructose Corn Syrup, is lurking in almost every processed food imaginable. According to Dr. Hyon Choi and colleagues from Boston University, drinking high fructose syrup laden beverages increases uric acid levels in the blood, which eventually deposits into the joints where it causes gout.
How Can We Avoid HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)?
The first food to go has to be the soft drinks; this includes fruit punch, fruit cocktails, and Kool-Aid since they are all laden with HFCS.
Second, eat more meals at home. Restaurant foods are mostly prepackaged foods reheated and served to you. Use of HFCS in these foods is wide spread because of their increased shelf life.
While shopping, read the labels, if HFCS, fructose, or modified corn starch appears within the first five ingredients place it back on the shelf an move on. Sounds easy right? Wrong. As you make your way through the store you will begin to realize just how much of what you have been eating on a daily basis contains HFCS.
Reducing HFCS will not always be easy, but the health benefits are well worth it. You will feel stronger and more vital, it will lift your mood and give you increased concentration. Limiting your intake of HFCS will not only shrink your midsection, but also do wonders for your over all health.
Alcohol, generally speaking, isn't high in purines. However, alcohol is high acid and adds to uric acid problems in other critical ways.
Alcohol impedes removal of uric acid in the body. Alcohol is metabolized into lactic acid in the body. The lactic acid then competes with uric acid in the kidneys for elimination through urine; thus, greater levels of uric acid remain in the body.
Alcohol contributes to uric acid levels in the body. Alcohol raises the amount of ATP that is converted into AMP-a good foundation for uric acid.
Alcohol increases cellular degeneration within the body and the brain. As these cells die off they release purines, which is within every cell in our system.
Additionally, alcohol consumption directly affects and consumes the attention of the liver and kidneys, impeding even more uric acid excretion. Alcohol also dehydrates the blood, further producing excessive uric acid.
A recent study found that one alcoholic beverage per day was enough to significantly increase the risk of gout in that person. The risk grew as number of drinks consumed increased.
AM I DRINKING ENOUGH WATER AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO GOUT CONTROL?
Water consumption and the source for your drinking water are both very important. Unfortunately, a good portion of our society is dehydrated and isn't even aware of it, which poses major health risks.
If the kidneys sense the body is becoming too dry, they begin to retain the fluid, rather than excreting it as urine. This also forces the body to hold onto excess uric acid and other toxins ordinarily excreted by the kidneys, and the damage begins. This is a vicious cycle of dehydration. Proper water intake is an essential key to blood hydration and kidney filtration in order to properly expel uric acid from the body. One should consume a pure source of water, ideal amount for their body weight and activity level, steadily throughout the day. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
Daily Water Needs- Divide your weight in half. This is how many ounces of water you need daily, consumed at a slow but steady pace from rise throughout the day. If you weigh 180lbs, divide by 2 = 90oz of water daily. Drinking water should come from a pure source, preferably filtered for purity and filters replaced according to manufactured suggestions. Optimal drinking water pH is 7.0. Juices, teas, sodas and coffee DO NOT count towards your water needs!
CAN STRENUOUS EXERCISE INCREASE MY CHANCES FOR A GOUT ATTACK?
Strenuous exercise markedly diminishes the excretion of uric acid without affecting the output of creatinine. Mild exercise has no appreciable influence on uric acid.
A possible explanation for the retention of uric acid during exercise is the overproduction of lactic acid, since even ingestion of this compound brings about a decrease in the output of uric acid.
Exercise remains very important to your overall gout control. While attempting to gain control of your gout (via a program and product like ours), we would encourage you to avoid strenuous/high impact exercise and choose a milder version temporarily. Once you have gained control of your gout, an increase is exercise levels should be well tolerated. Hydration is key, as well. Aside from the normal hydration requirements, it is imperative that you also replace the water loss from sweating during and after your exercise.
WHY ARE WE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO GOUT ATTACKS AT NIGHT?
Joint pain usually begins over 2-4 hours and during the night. One reason for onset at night is due to a reduced body temperature which provides an ideal environment for uric acid crystallization.
HOW DOES CHLORINE IN OUR DRINKING AND BATHING WATER AFFECT GOUT?
We inhale chlorine in the gaseous form, chloroform, through the steam of a shower, bath, and in a hot tub. Chlorine also seeps into our pores in these ways, as well as through swimming pools. Chlorine is found in our city tap water, and when ingested or bathed in, has a direct effect on our health. Chlorine not only destroys vital strains of friendly bacteria in our body but is a health risk in general for many other reasons.
HOW CAN CHLORINE IN OUR DRINKING AND BATHING WATER ADD TO OUR GOUT SYMPTOMS?
Believe it or not, we have a lot of vegan/vegetarian clients that still suffer with gout. Whether it be from an abundance of unfermented soy products or simple, but critical, food imbalances; their bodies are still having problems dealing with uric acid production.
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