Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe. Gout — a complex form of arthritis — can affect anyone. Men are more likely to get gout, but women become increasingly susceptible to gout after menopause. An acute attack of gout can wake you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the sheet on it may seem intolerable. Fortunately, gout is treatable, and there are ways to reduce the risk that gout will recur.
Acidity and Causes
Gout occurs when urate crystals accumulate in your joint, causing the inflammation and intense pain of a gout attack. Urate crystals can form when you have high levels of uric acid in your blood. Your body produces uric acid when it breaks down purines — substances that are found naturally in your body, as well as in certain foods, such as organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus and mushrooms.
Normally, uric acid dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine. But sometimes your body either produces too much uric acid or your kidneys excrete too little uric acid. When this happens, uric acid can build up, forming sharp, needle-like urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue that cause pain, inflammation and swelling.
Animal organs are very high in uric acid. Do not consume kidney, liver, heart or blood or animals such as cows, pigs, chicken, turkey or deer. Other parts of animals do not cause an increase in uric acid levels. Sardines, herring, mackerel, scallops and anchovies have purines in them which increase uric acid levels in the body. Highly sweetened foods containing sucrose, fructose, and high fructose corn syrup can cause high levels of uric acid. Avoid eating food such as sweet wine, pies, soda and other highly sweetened foods. Certain beans, legumes and grains contain purines which can increase uric acid levels and trigger gout and gout symptoms. Avoid lentils, dried peas, beans, oatmeal, wheat germ and wheat bran if you suffer from gout. Do not eat asparagus, mushrooms, cauliflower, spinach and green peas if you have gout or are gout symptoms. These vegetables can increase your natural uric acid levels which can trigger painful bouts of gout. Salt consumption including sea salt is directly linked to uric acid levels. There is so much salt already in food that it is not ever necessary to add more.
Acidity and Massage
Getting a massage can help pull uric acid out of your muscles and into the blood stream. However, a massage will not help if you do not drink plenty of water afterward. If you neglect to increase your water intake, the toxins that were released into your bloodstream will only resettle back into your muscles. They may even make you feel physically sick because of the concentration of toxins in your bloodstream.