If you are susceptible to Gout, and you want to be rid of it, there are a few steps you can take.  For an understanding of what Gout is and how it develops, see Part 1.

King on throneDiuretics

Be cautious of diuretics (any agent that promotes urine excretion) because this can increase the removal of fluid without taking the uric acid with it.  Some prescription drugs are diuretic, as are some common substances such as tea, coffee, and alcohol.  

Food 

Be conscious of the foods you take into your precious body.  Considering the tremendous variety of succulent foods available, this need not be a burden.  In fact, it can be a new, and luscious, game.

The following foods are especially high in purine:

  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Sweetbreads
  • Sardines and anchovies
  • Meat extract.

A purine-free diet consists of omitting meat, poultry and fish — but using eggs, cheese, vegetables, grains and fruits.  Keep in mind that all meat protein contains purine.  If letting go of flesh protein is unappetizing to you, then cut back on the worst culprits.

Massage

You can also get help for Gout with Therapeutic Massage.

Massage can relieve this condition during an episode by assisting the flow of blood and lymph (the fluid that bathes the cells with nutrients and flushes away metabolic wastes).

Skillful manipulation around the affected joints helps you move more easily.  It increases the range of joint movement by:

  • making the connective tissue more pliable
  • relaxing the muscles controlling the movement of the joint
  • soothing the nerves and helping to bring the body back into balance.
  • Relieving the pain and swelling as the congestion is reduced and removed from the joints.

Massage is useful during an acute occurrence as well as in the chronic phase of Gout.

After an acute episode, to prevent a recurrence:

  • be mindful of the foods and beverages you consume and any medications you are taking
  • drink as much pure water as is comfortable daily
  • have massage specific to this condition as often as you can (at least once a month)
  • maintain a light exercise program to keep the joints functioning, the blood and lymph circulating and the muscles evenly toned.

Rampant in the era of King Henry VIII among the wealthy, Gout had its way with the affluent and opulent because they feasted on meats consistently.

Today, you can treat yourself royally by taking care of your priceless body. Experiment with the glorious variety of food and activities available and choose what works for you.

The right touch matters.

 

Sources:  Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, by Miller-Keane,  Textbook of Disorders and Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System, by Robert B. Salter.
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