Q. Dear Terry, “My husband just got diagnosed with gout on his big toe. He can’t even put on shoes because the pain is so bad. What natural treatments do you suggest?” – Jelissa K., San Francisco, CA
A. Dear Jelissa, I think one of the biggest changes we can make to prevent gout flares is dietary changes. 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. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.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 would suggest taking tart cherry (Prunus cerasus) twice per day, as tart cherry is especially useful for gout.
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
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