Ask the Expert is where we answer questions on all aspects of your health and wellness. An expert answers our reader's question on how he can relieve his mother's gout.
My mother has gout. I would like to know more about the causes of this illness, the right nutrition plan, and what I can do to help alleviate her pain.
Gout is an illness that is quite common in our society. It is caused by the high level of uric acid in our body from high intake of purines found in red meat, animal organs like liver and also other food like tomatoes, nuts and seeds.
If the level of uric acid in the body is too high, it can cause accumulation of uric acid in the form of crystals in and around the joints, especially in the big toe. This will result in some pain in the affected joint and create difficulty in normal activities such as walking or driving a car.
The accumulation of uric acid, which can also be due to high stress levels, may also cause the formation of uric acid stones or calcium containing stones in the kidneys and affect their function.
To prevent gout from occurring, you should:
- avoid eating too much meat or foods high in purine
- drink lots of water
- take medication that can help to relieve gout, as prescribed by the doctor
- exercise regularly to increase blood flow through your body
- increase your intake of fibre
- manage your stress level
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