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Does the Practice of Yoga Help Gout?

January 14, 2013 by Teresa.

Exercise is something that we all need in our lives. When you are suffering from the restrictive pain of gout, it can be challenging to find an appropriate form of exercise that will not only help to keep your weight in check, but also reduce the symptoms that have become such a source of discomfort. Not all exercise is equal when it comes to the question of gout. Yet, yoga, long touted as an almost perfect form of exercise for the mind and body, may have something special to offer to the gout sufferer.

High levels of uric acid in the body can become very problematic when overlooked for too long. In some people it can lead to gout. Controlling uric acid becomes essential to eliminating gout attacks. Some gout patients have found that yoga helps to control the acid levels. Of course, diet and medication is important, too, but yoga devotees insist that there are certain positions or yoga poses that literally help to oxidize uric acid and reduce the harmful levels.

Once the proper diet is in place and the patient is also drinking plenty of fluids, adding certain poses to your treatment plan may have significant benefits, including alleviating pain. These specific asanas or poses are highly recommended as they stretch the muscles of the back and also improve the circulation. In addition, yoga can help to manage, reduce and maintain a healthier weight, although not as aggressively as other exercises. The mind/body connection that is part of daily yoga practice is great for reducing stress.

However, if you are new to yoga, it is heartedly advised that you begin the process of learning the exercise under the guidance of a yoga instructor. The breathing techniques as well the appropriate and most effective way to do a particular pose need to be demonstrated.

It is no surprise that gout often gets in the way of a regular exercise routine. Yet, being committed to finding a safe form of exercise remains of the utmost importance to an overall healthy life. Make sure to include your doctor in the development of a treatment and pain management program.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, Gout Natural Remedies.

Tags: practice of yoga, gout, pain of gout, gout sufferers, gout attacks.

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