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Gout: Good Facts and Helps to Know and Use to Get Well and Stay Well
c. Donald J. Reinhardt, July 14, 2017
Gout is simply painful body joints and areas with needle-like crystals that form and precipitate as tiny solids out of the blood. Gout can be likened to needles falling like snow out of a cloudy sky, but instead of the sky the blood fluid plasma is the source of the crystals. Here let's see, know and understand more about gout. If you are reading this in pain from gout you know that gout may well cause you to shout and pout!

Eight Things to know about Gout

1. Gout usually is a temporary and not permanent disease state caused by a changed metabolism or chemistry of the body.
2 Gout is more common in men than women and occurs more often in overweight, obese individuals who are in poor and below average physical condition.
3. Gout is more common in people with underlying diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure are important cofactors.
4. The uric acid crystals of gout are the painful agents and these crystals are a byproduct of the body's metabolism of a chemical called purines.
5. The uric crystals are sharp, thin and elongated needle-like crystals that accumulate in joints such as the big toes, other toes and sometimes various other joints. Gout can be likened to a form of arthritis.
6. The crystals must be removed because they are irritating. they cause redness, swelling, heat and pain - true signs of inflammation. The white blood cells attack the crystals and the inflammation begins in earnest.
7. Rapid and good treatments are important and a doctor or medical specialist should always be consulted to properly diagnose provide colchicine which regulates the white blood cell response.
Five Things People Do about Gout

1. Get a correct medical diagnosis from a medical doctor (general, family, internal medicine or rhematology specialist) or a licensed health specialist and then follow the doctor's advice and use any recommended prescriptions such as colchicine to suppress the white blood cell inflammation.
2. Increase water intake to dilute the blood purines and enable the uric crystals to begin to become dissolved back into the blood fluid (plasma).
3. Alkalinize the body by consuming lemon or lime juice added to your increased water intake. Alkalinization is typically enhanced by fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit.
Tart cherry juice is reported as useful for the reversal of the gouty disease with reduction of inflammation. One to two 4-8 ounce glasses a day are helpful for reversal. 
4. Avoid alcohol, especially beer. Beer is very high in purines and beer drinkers are more prone to gout than non-beer drinkers. 
5. Some foods are high in purines and there are food to be avoided. Sweets are avoided also, specially cakes and pies. there are reports that high fructose syrup is not good, so that should be avoided. High fructose is found in commercially  packaged softs drinks, teas. cakes, pies, donuts, candies and other foods. Study your labels and avoid the high fructose.
Some high Purine Content Foods
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  • anchovies
  • asparagus
  • beef kidneys
  • brains
  • dried beans and peas
  • game meats
  • gravy
  • herring
  • liver
  • mackerel
  • mushrooms
  • sardines
  • scallops
  • sweetbreads
  • BEER


Gout Summary and Conclusions

Gout is painful disease and a form of inflammation and arthritis-like medical situation that requires prompt and adequate medical treatment. A proper diet, which avoids foods and drinks (especially beer) with high purine content, helps keep episodes of gout from flaring up. Remember to drink adequate amounts of fresh water.
Selected Reference:
CDC. 2017.Gout.
NIH. 2017. Questions and Answers about Gout.
Medical Notice and Alert:
The information provided here is for general knowledge and background. A physician or competent medical professional is always to be consulted for accurate diagnosis and treatment of gout or any disease of medical consequence.