Imagine not being able to walk. Now, imagine more specifically that you’re not able to walk because your foot joints feel like they’re on fire. And filled with broken glass.
If that seems a bit too intense, then you may not have ever had gout. For some of us, unfortunately, this experience is sadly all too familiar. Many people suffer from gout — it’s one of the most frequently recorded illnesses — which impairs mobility because of how it limits the movement of the joints in our feet.
Sadly, for many people, the pain can be too intense to grit their teeth against and to bear, but that doesn’t have to be the case for everyone.
Gout? What About?
Caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints, gout is essentially a form of arthritis, with symptoms you’d expect.
Some people’s bodies don’t handle uric acid properly,– Uric acid is a byproduct of the body digesting purines from the food we consume, and it isn’t always easy to avoid having it in the body anyway. Excess uric acid can crystallize causing painful arthritis, kidney stones, kidney failure — and gout.
How Do I Know I Have Gout?
The symptoms of gout are relatively common as well. The affected joints will experience the following:
- tenderness and swelling
- may feel hot and have reddish discoloration
- Most people experience pain in the joint at the base of their big toe, but the joint pain can be felt in a variety of places such as the knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, and even fingers.
The pain can be quite intense, to the point of even slight movement causing severe pain. While gout pain tends to pass even without medication, it can take anywhere from hours to days. Attacks have also been known to last weeks, and people who have gout may experience repeated attacks over the years.
Who’s at Risk?
If you’re reading this, you may already have had gout, some risk factors include obesity, alcohol intake, abnormal kidney function, and high blood pressure. Diets heavy in foods that contain uric acid may also contribute to the higher likelihood of getting gout.
How Do I Prevent Gout?
One crucial step that can help stave off gout is hydration. Keeping your water intake up is likely to help prevent acute attacks and kidney stone formation. Don’t try to hydrate with alcohol though, as it is a diuretic that will lead to dehydration; alcohol will also slow down the excretion of uric acid, which will only lead to it gathering and eventually forming crystals in the joints.
Reviewing your diet will also contribute to lowering your risk of gout, as avoiding food with lots of purine chemicals will help reduce the uric acid your body develops. Purine-rich foods include shellfish, as well as organ meats like liver and brains. Generally, research has found seafood and meat to raise the likelihood of gout attacks, while increased consumption of dairy products has the opposite effect. Overall, losing weight contributes to lowering the probability of gout as well.
How Do I Treat Gout?
There are medical treatments available for gout such as anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids, and colchicine that should be taken only under medical supervision after consulting one’s physician. Uric acid levels in the blood can also be lowered medically reducing the likelihood of it settling and forming deposits in the joints, kidneys, and tissues.
However, should you be interested in natural treatment, it’s hard to go wrong with celery.
Some might say celery is perfect for fighting gout, which is an easy thing to say given that history is firmly on its side.
Celery has been used as a gout treatment for thousands of years because of its potent anti-inflammatory effects, and its powerful diuretic nature makes the body expel uric acid through urine more often. Its chemical makeup also helps manage uric acid, and its alkaline properties help reduce the buildup of uric acid.
Celery contains 3nB, or 3-n-butylphthalide, a compound that acts as a xanthine oxidase inhibitor that helps improve blood circulation. This helps our bodies process and eliminate uric acid through the kidneys, which prevents uric acid from being in the body long enough to build up and cause gout. There are many phytonutrients in celery as well, and these include the COX-2 inhibitor apigenin and the flavonoid luteolin.
Enough of the scientific stuff. Here are 3 CELERY RECIPES which can make you it easy for you to take celery.
APPLE/GINGER CELERY JUICE
A juice made of celery and some citrus will be sure to refresh the body and help prevent gout as well. Blend the following ingredients to form a sweet green juice that packs flavor and health benefits.
- 1 cucumber
- 1 green apple
- 1 squeeze lemon juice
- 1-inch ginger root, fresh
- 8-10 ribs of celery
LEMON-GINGER CELERY BREAKFAST DRINK
- 1 cucumber
- 7 ounces ginger
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 cup water
- 2 celery stalks
Peel and cut the cucumber and celery into chunks small enough to fit the blender. Measure out the juice and ginger (7 ounces of ginger, to be sure). Add the solids into the blender and liquefy, then mix in the water and lemon juice. You can add ice to this drink. This will help promote digestion if you take it just after breakfast.
- 1 cup kale
- 1-inch root of ginger
- 1 cup sweet potato
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 medium-size apple
- 6 sticks celery
Make the juice in stages. First, juice the kale, sweet potato, and ginger together. Then, juice the celery and lemon, and finally, add the cucumber and apple.