How to cure gout attacks without prescription drugs
Gout is a very painful inflammatory condition of the joints, caused by the accumulation of crystallized uric acid around the affected joint. The most common joint affected is the big toe; however, gout can affect the ankle, instep, heel, knee, spine, elbow, wrist, and finger. In severe cases, gout can deform the affected joint.
People prone to gout tend to have high levels of uric acid in their blood. High uric acid levels may be caused by the kidneys not properly removing uric acid from the blood.
Uric acid level
You say, “Okay, my kidneys aren’t working properly. So what can I do to cure my gout?” The answer is that you can do a lot.
First, certain foods and drinks raise the level of uric acid in the body and certain foods and drinks do not. So if you avoid the foods and drinks that raise your uric acid level and consume the foods and drinks that don’t, you’ll never have a gout attack, thereby curing your gout condition!
What are the foods and drinks that increase the level of uric acid in the body and trigger a gout attack? Meats and shellfish favor taste attacks. Do you like beef, pork, lamb, liver, bacon, fish, lobster, mussels, scallops, or shrimp? Sorry, you have to pass these. To a lesser degree, chicken, turkey, and duck promote gout attacks. You like beer? Well, not anymore, because beer favors gout attacks.
Avoiding meat and seafood puts you in a quandary. You avoid these foods to avoid gout attacks, but your body can’t function properly without protein—meats and seafood are common sources of protein! What is your job?
Fortunately, there are protein-rich foods that do not trigger gout attacks. They are listed below categorically.
Eggs and Dairy Products: Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, and eggs are high in protein.
Grains and cereals: Those rich in protein are buckwheat, amaranth grain (usually sold in health food stores) and quinoa.
Nuts and Seeds: Peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds are high in protein.
Beans, including soybeans: Tofu, soy milk, kidney beans, soybeans, and peas are all high in protein.
So all you have to do is substitute these protein-rich foods for the meats and seafood you usually eat. “But what about the beer? Is there a substitute for that? I need a beer to wind down after work,” you say. Once again, you’re in luck.
Since red wine does not raise the uric acid level in the body, it does not cause gout attacks. In fact, red wine can even lower uric acid levels! And certainly red wine is just as effective as beer in helping you relax.
High dose of vitamin C
Red wine can not only lower uric acid levels, vitamin C can also do the same. High-dose vitamin C reduces uric acid levels in most gout patients. However, for some gout sufferers, high doses of vitamin C make their condition worse.
A dose of 500 mg per day significantly reduces uric acid levels in most patients with gout. But before starting a vitamin C regimen, you must get your doctor’s approval; because high doses of vitamin C possibly remove uric acid from your body too quickly, causing kidney stones.
Is protein substitution practical?
Some of you may be saying right now, “Okay, this all makes sense, but it’s not practical. This protein substitution lacks variety; there’s no way I can keep up with it.” Lack of variety? We’ll see. I will try to brainstorm a variety of foods that are high in protein and safe to taste.
The following items contain cheese and may be served without meat or seafood: pizza, cheese ravioli, baked ziti, mozzarella sticks, eggplant parmigiana, cheese omelette, lasagna, egg and cheese muffin sandwich, macaroni and cheese , baked potato with cheddar sauce, Italian stuffed shells, cheese manicotti in marinara sauce, salad with blue cheese dressing, cheesecake, broccoli and cheese soup, asparagus with Parmesan cheese, smoked mozzarella fonduta, fettuccine alfredo, penne with goat cheese and ricotta gnocchi.
The following foods contain buckwheat and may be served without meat or seafood: buckwheat pancakes, buckwheat breads, buckwheat muffins, buckwheat crackers, buckwheat bagels, buckwheat cookies, buckwheat tortillas , some breakfast cereals, buckwheat grits, kasha, buckwheat porridge, buckwheat salad with mushrooms and parsley oil, kasha varnishkes, buckwheat noodles, Japanese soba noodles, California buckwheat chapati, kasha knishes and some blini.
The following foods contain peanuts and may be served without meat or seafood: peanut candy, salty nuts, peanut butter, peanut butter sandwiches, vegetable salads mixed with peanut sauce, peanut dipping sauce, crackers peanut butter, mandelonas (peanut soaked in almond flavor), some health food bars, some breakfast cereals, peanut butter crackers, peanut butter-stuffed celery sticks, peanut honey steamed tea bread , cherry-peanut granola, peanut squares, peanut butter chips, trail mixes, some spaghetti sauces, boiled peanuts, peanut butter spread on toast, gorp (good raisins and peanuts), Cajun-flavored peanuts , peanut soup, peanut rolls, peanut muffins, peanut cake, peanut pudding, baked peanut with rice and peanut filling.
The following items contain tofu and can be served without meat or seafood: mixed vegetable tofu, tofu muffins, tofu cheese omelette, stir-fried tofu steak, caramel tofu custard, tofu anmitsu (traditional fruit salad), Grilled Tofu Steak, Tomato and Tofu Paste with Olives, Braised Cubed Tofu Steak with Eggplant and Zucchini, Tofu Steak with Teriyaki Butter Sauce, Tofu Steak Sandwich, Tofu Steak with Sauce, Tofu Steak Nuggets , Tofu Steak Fajita, Tofu Steak with Asian Mushroom Sauce, Tofu Egg Burger, Tofu Veggie Burger, Tofu Burger, Tofu Quesadilla, Oriental Tofu Salad, Tofu Pea Soup, Creamy Tofu Dressing Oriental Tofu, Broccoli Lasagna with Tofu, Grilled Tofu and Cheese, Spaghetti Sauce with Tofu, Spanish Rice with Tofu, Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry, Savory Italian Pasta and Tofu, Spicy Tofu Chili, Spicy Tofu Burritos, Las Tex-Mex tofu patty, pita-stuffed tofu salad, tofu flan-filled pie, pineapple tofu pie, and sesame-flavored tofu flan.
In an attempt at brevity, I just brainstormed gout-safe high-protein foods that contain cheese, buckwheat, peanuts, and tofu. If you were to include gout-safe protein-rich foods that contain milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, amaranth grains, quinoa, almonds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, soy milk, beans, soybeans, and split peas, I would end up writing a novel. Although I only focused on foods that contain cheese, buckwheat, peanuts, and tofu, you can see that there is a lot of variety.
Warnings, interactions and side effects
Gout attacks can be cured by following the dietary changes suggested here. However, keep in mind that it is easier to prevent gout attacks than to intervene in the middle of gout attacks. Therefore, it is better to use suggested dietary changes proactively rather than reactively.
Some foods suggested here may dangerously interact with some prescription drugs or medical conditions. For example, eating cheese while taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) can kill you. Also, drinking red wine while you have cirrhosis of the liver can worsen your condition. So, to be on the safe side, you should get the approval of your doctor and pharmacist before following the suggested dietary changes.
People prone to gout may have a side effect from aspirin. Although normal people can take aspirin without side effects, people prone to gout may have the side effect of a gout attack. So if you are prone to gout and have a headache, you are better off taking Motrin (ibuprofen) instead of Bayer (aspirin).
Although prescription drugs like allopurinol prevent gout attacks, some people prefer a more natural prevention. This article describes a taste prevention plan, consisting of protein substitution, alcoholic beverage substitution, and high-dose vitamin C supplementation. This article proposes that dietary changes alone can prevent gout attacks.