Gout Treatment in Clarkston
Gout is something that plagues more and more people every day, and it’s caused from uric acid buildup in the body. Anyone who has experienced the excruciating pain of a gout attack knows that it is no laughing matter. Some sufferers have described the intense pain of a gout attack as similar to being burned by a flame. Others say it feels like they were skewered by a hot poker.
A gout attack, or “flare,” usually strikes suddenly, and generally at night. Mysteriously, it often targets the large joint of your big toe. Your skin becomes red, inflamed, and overly sensitive. Even the light pressure of a bed sheet can become unbearable. A fever may also be present.
Causes of Gout
Gout is said to be caused by lifestyle and eating choices that effect the integrity of your gut lining leading to leaky gut. Today the staple American diet has shifted to one full of highly processed foods. Many of these highly processed foods contain high fructose corn syrup which is believed to be a leading contributor to gout.
In fact, a recent study showed that men who consumed two or more sugary drinks per day were 85% more likely to develop gout than those men who only consumed less than one sugary beverage a month. This high sugar intake increases the levels of uric acid in the body. High levels of sugar in the body lead to a number of serious health problems including gout. It’s also been shown that half of all gout sufferers are obese or overweight. And again, a high intake of sugar is shown to lead to obesity
Another cause of gout is consuming too many high purine foods. These are organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus, and even mushrooms. Eating less high purine foods is one way to try to ward off gout.
What Exactly Is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by painful, stiff and inflamed joints. The stiffness and swelling are a result of excess uric acid forming crystals in your joints, and the pain associated with this disease is caused by your body’s inflammatory response to the crystals.
Gout is essentially a breakdown of the metabolic process that controls the amount of uric acid in your blood. Gout can occur in any joint of your body, but most commonly occurs in your big toe.
With or without treatment gout symptoms will usually go away within three to 10 days, and the next attack may not occur for months, or even years, if at all. However, if more attacks occur, they tend to increase in frequency, become more severe, and last longer. Over time, recurrent gout attacks can damage your joints and the surrounding areas.
It is important to treat your gout as soon as possible, before it begins damaging your body permanently. Natural treatments are kinder and gentler to your body than drugs, as well as being more effective overall.
Let us help you treat your gout all naturally
At Forum Health Clarkston we treat gout successfully every day. We specialize in customized nutritional plans that are designed to address your underlying issues and target your specific needs. Along with specific nutritional plan we can recommend nutraceuticals that will help you heal and prevent future flares of Gout.
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