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Gout

Some items to reduce joint inflammation caused by gout.

Treatment for acute gout is Ibuprofen pills or a cortisone injection. Chronic gout is taking Allopurinol, Colchicine or Uloric. Gout can be genetic, overproducing uric acid or under excreting uric acid. Purines breakdown to become uric acid. Foods rich in purines are: red meat: beef, pork, lamb, duck and turkey, organ meat, beans of any kind, shellfish, all nuts, chocolate, any alcoholic beverages, bamboo, any kind of nuts, mushrooms, spinach and asparagus. That's a long list of favorite foods! 

Prevention: the best way to prevent a gout attack is to drink tons of water, alkaline water better it neutralizes the uric acid. Here's a list:

alkaline water, cherry juice,  Tumeric 

Anything that reduces inflammation helps. Drink tons of water, uric acid can be excreted in the urine, cut down on caffeine, a diuretic. After the gouty attack stabilizes, try eating no more than 3 purine rich foods a day. When gout becomes chronic, uric acid crystallizes and forms tophi and becsomes a cyst. If it is really painful surgery can be done to remove the cyst. Get a blood test to check uric acid levels. Happy eating, eat with caution to prevent gout!

Author
Henry R. Tseng, D.P.M.

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