Gout occurs when too much uric acid builds in your system. Over time, that excess uric acid can cause crystals to form around your joints, and these crystals can cause pain and inflammation, making gout a painful type of arthritis.
While gout is typically a chronic condition, you can recover from gout symptoms and decrease your chance of getting a flare-up by changing your lifestyle a bit. Your doctor can also suggest prescription medications to help you keep your uric acid and gout under control.
Avoid foods that can cause flare-ups. Stay away from alcohol and brewer’s yeast, salty fish like sardines and anchovies, fatty organ meats, legumes, spinach, asparagus and cauliflower. Each can contribute to raised uric acid levels.
Drink plenty of water. Water helps to flush the system to restore balance to uric acid levels. Drink at least 1liter to 1,5 liter of water each day. Get an aluminium water bottle and refill it frequently throughout the day. Swap alcohol and soft drinks for water to reduce your chance for a gout flare-up and help you recover from one.
Lose weight slowly. While weight loss can help reduce your chance of a gout attack, losing weight too quickly can result in the formation of kidney stones and crystals in the body, leaving you with sore joints and excess pain. Instead, lose weight by making healthy choices and increasing your daily physical activity. Try to stop eating anything with sugar in it or any form of starch, like bread, potato, chips, pasta and rice. Increase healthy fats like olive oil, butter and avocado.
Rest and immobilize your joints when you experience a gout attack and the accompanying arthritic pain. Taking the time to rest your sore joints ensures that they don’t become even more inflamed. If possible, elevate the sore joint to drain excess fluid in order to relieve swelling and pressure for faster recovery.
Gout can be treated using a variety of medications, including oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids injected directly into the joint, but a natural supplement which causes no side effects is better. The Manna PH Balance product were formulated to excrete excess uric acid from the body, but also to assist in balancing the PH levels of the body to counteract gout.