Gout - recovering the balance
Gout is very debilitating short-term, and long-term, even more so. Gout attacks increase in intensity over time and can permanently damage your bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and kidneys.
The lack of mobility and great pain brought on by gout, demands immediate attention. What can you do to gain relief from it and restore your health balance?
At the outset, you need to fully understand the nature and the cause of the condition - whatever happens inside your body is still within in your power to influence.
Reflecting on gout
“Gout” refers to uric acid that the kidneys cannot eliminate, a condition known as hyperuricemia. The excess uric acid crystallizes, the crystals becoming deposited in the joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and organs, and cause intense pain.
So why can’t the kidneys eliminate all of the uric acid? There are several reasons: limitations brought about by genetics, or kidney malfunctions as a result of physical injury, lifestyle and dietary choices, external environmental factors, such as exposure to lead, or the unanticipated side-effects of pharmaceuticals.
In this blog, we give you further insights on gout from the perspective of lifestyle and dietary recommendations, the impact of lead on the kidneys, and we also offer a solution to these problems.
Science and medicine are now able to identify the key contributing factors to the onset of gout. By addressing the underlying condition, you can still prevent future attacks.
Many people suffer from re-occurring flares of acute gout. With more frequent episodes, attacks may become more severe and prolonged. Kidney dysfunction of some degree is often seen with uric acid deposits, creating a higher risk for kidney stones which, if left untreated, could result in kidney failure.
Ironically, certain medical conditions and medications can cause complications, such as diuretic therapy for hypertension or high blood pressure. Common low-dose aspirin therapy can cause a reduction in the body being able to release uric acid effectively. Health challenges such as obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol may also lead to increased uric acid and therefore gout. All these conditions may be getting worse. Why is this happening?
Science is now showing us that as the level of pollution increases in our world, health conditions such as gout, are affecting more and more people. Many people are getting sicker, not healthier.
We need to clean-up our internal and external environments, i.e., mainly our dietary choices and, just as important now, what we are exposing ourselves to.
Lead does not break down, it accumulates
This is a sobering truth - lead is a striking example of how outside forces affect gout.
Lead has been used by humans for thousands of years. Mining, manufacturing, paint and, more recently, cars (mainly exhaust fumes and car parts, such as batteries), and electronic waste are all examples of how increasingly exposed we have become to lead in our environment.
In the past, there was a lack of awareness of the health hazards of lead. Fortunately, that attitude is changing today. However, many of us grew up in an environment before that attitude had changed, and we are living with the results.
Even now, children are still especially at risk. In 2010, the World Health Organization published “Childhood Lead Poisoning”. This report states: “Lead accumulation in the proximal tubule leads to hyperuricemia and gout …”
This highly informative and detailed report provides very interesting insight into the adverse impact of lead on our health. For example, recognizing this as a health problem, the Australian government banned the use of lead in house paint in 1914. The US government followed suit in 1978 but the Canadian government has not, relying on changes in concentrations and lead monitoring levels instead.
For more background on this and other details about lead worldwide, you can access an eBook version of this report by clicking here.
What can you do for your health?
For lead-induced gout, restoration of the kidneys is vital. The level of accumulated lead in the body must be reduced and the excess uric acid eliminated, as well as lifestyle and diet moderated to reduce the amount of uric acid being produced.
As with all toxicity, the solution is to prevent the uric acid from accumulating any further, now, and in the future by addressing and preventing what is accumulating.
Prevention is vital when it comes to controlling uric acid from food sources. In addition to animal products and alcohol, new insights into what is hidden in the foods is coming to light, such as chemical preservatives, dyes, and GMO foods – altered chemically and genetically.
Rich food, especially those high in purines (an organic source of uric acid), and alcohol contribute most to hyperuricemia. However, less known and understood is that sugar-sweetened items, especially with high fructose corn syrup, also contribute to gout, so avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners.
To avoid uric acid crystals forming, one preventive measure is to ensure that your body stays at a slightly alkaline pH of 7.4. This is a tough challenge as the vast majority of foods cause an acidic pH, i.e. less than 7.
Our toxicity guide eBook gives you further insights into the body’s signals of distress. See "More about toxicity ..." below.
Lead and uric acid reduction
There are so many substances that are inside you that shouldn’t be there. Your body was not designed to deal with them, but the sad truth is that you cannot avoid them as they are everywhere. So your only solution is to get them out, the sooner, the better.
Creating youthfulness and wellness in your body are a matter of internal and external influences, many of which you can control and affect. You only get one body in this lifetime. Now is the moment of choice.