I just had my first experience with gout on my big toe.
Q. Dear Terry, “I just had my first experience with gout on my big toe. I couldn’t walk for almost a week because the pain was so unbearable. My doctor doesn’t want to start me on a medication because I’ve only had one incident. I want to prevent this from ever happening again. What natural ways are there to prevent gout?” – Joel S., San Angelo, TX
A. Dear Joel, I think one of the biggest changes we can make to promote joint health is to adjust our diet. When it comes to diet, I believe it’s important to eliminate all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. Other helpful websites on this topic include: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
Gout can be incredibly painful and frustrating since prescription medications do not address the underlying causes of gout. Generally, gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes in the joint – often beginning in the big toe – and causes severe pain and inflammation.
To address elevated uric acid levels, cherries are the first thing that comes to mind. Cherries are an extremely nutritious fruit, containing important nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. In fact, clinical studies have shown that cherries can help to significantly reduce uric acid levels.
I think that tart cherry is especially useful for gout, but make sure you choose freeze-dried with no added sugar. Freeze-drying, rather than spray-drying or drum-drying, fully preserves the plant compounds needed by the body to reduce uric acid levels, instead of losing them during processing (by exposing the berries to heat). I would suggest taking tart cherry twice per day.
To help with the pain, I believe curcumin enhanced with turmeric essential oil, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase can be very useful. These ingredients work safely and effectively to relieve pain. I would take these ingredients one to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally