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Why are Americans at a Higher Risk for Gout?

May 30, 2013 by Teresa.

Gout, a kissing cousin of arthritis, usually attacks the big toe but can spread to the insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows. If a person suffers from a buildup of uric acid, it may begin to form painful crystals in the joints. Inflammation follows. Occasionally, even kidney stones are formed from uric acid crystals.

Statistically, it appears that gout and arthritis are less likely in countries where there is a smaller amount of meat consumed. Countries like New Zealand, China, Japan and Africa begin to see a rise in cases of gout and arthritis when a Western diet becomes more popular.

Unfortunately, gout is on the rise in the United States. But is there something that we can start doing now to prevent gout? Are there natural substances that when consumed may help to stave off gout in the first place?

A few suggestions

There are a number of alternative remedies that many believe bring relief to symptoms of gout. Although most of the information surrounding these natural adjuncts is anecdotal in nature, all of the touted remedies are good for you whether you have gout or not.

For example, taking several tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, preferably low processed, combined with a little baking soda has been reported to relieve gout symptoms.

Bromelane which is found in pineapple and can be purchased in supplemental forms has beneficial micronutrients and enzymes. Want to go all natural? Juice a whole pineapple. Your body can use this power-packed drink.

Cherry extract and beet juice are both on the list of helpful products. Beet juice has other benefits including helping the kidneys and relieving constipation.

Of course, there are also the obvious lifestyle changes such as losing weight, daily exercise routine and an overall healthy diet which may go a long way towards preventing gout. Why not be proactive and give some of these wholesome possibilities a try?

Filed under: Gout Suffers, Gout Treatment and Prevention.

Tags: Risk for gout, gout and arthritis, gout is on the rise, prevent gout, relieve gout symptoms.

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