Gout is said to be “The Disease of Kings”
This is because it usually develops due to eating and drinking like kings and queens!
So how can we tell if it is gout?
Characteristics of gout are abrupt, intense attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, very often found in the joint at the base of the big toe. Gout is a very complex form of arthritis and it can affect anyone.
Men are more likely to develop gout, but an increased risk of gout is present in women after menopause. An extreme attack of gout can cause a person to wake up at night with an intense burning sensation in the big toe. The joint affected by gout is extremely hot, very swollen and so sensitive that even the weight of the sheet on it may cause high levels of discomfort.
Fortunately, there are ways to treat gout and also methods of minimizing the risk of it occurring in the future. If gout is left untreated, it can damage the joints, tendons, and other tissues.
How is gout developed?
Uric acid is produced by the body when it breaks down purines, which are substances that can be found in the body. Purines can also be found in certain types of food namely: organ meats, herring, anchovies mushrooms as well as asparagus.
Other foods that lead to high levels of uric acids are those that get turned into high concentrations of glucose in the body. These include sugary drinks, bread, white rice, and pasta. This also includes beverages that contain alcohol, as alcohol also results in high amounts of glucose.
Under normal circumstances, uric acid will dissolve in your blood and will get filtered by the kidneys whereafter it is excreted from the body through urination. Sometimes too much uric acid is produced or not enough uric acid is excreted by the kidneys. This is then what ultimately causes gout. Sharp crystals form in the joint or the tissue surrounding the joint which causes the swelling, inflammation and extreme pain.
What are the symptoms of gout?
Most of the time, the symptoms of gout are very sudden and painful. It often occurs in the middle of the night and can be so painful that it wakes you from your sleep.
Extreme joint pain
The most common place where gout is found is in the joint at the base of the big toe. It can, however, occur in many other places such as the rest of the feet, ankles, knees, hands and fingers, and of course the joints located in the wrists. It has been found that the pain is at its worst round about 12 to 24 hours after it has first started.
After the worst pain has gone away, discomfort is still felt in the joints. This discomfort might be present for a few days or sometimes even a few weeks. Gout that appears after the initial attack is likely to last longer and be more widely spread than the first time.
Redness and inflammation
The involved joints become swollen sensitive and red.
What happens if gout is left untreated?
If gout is left untreated it can lead to even more pain and permanent damage to the joint. If you have developed a fever and if you have a joint that feels like it is on fire accompanied by sharp pain attacks, it could very well be a sign of infection and a doctor should be contacted immediately Gout is caused by the accumulation of urate crystals in a joint, which results in inflammation and extreme pain.
What complications can gout lead to?
Gout can lead to more severe conditions, for example:
Some people may never experience any symptoms of gout after the first time, whereas others may suffer from the effects of it several times per year. People with recurrent gout can prevent gout attacks from returning by using medication.
Gout that is left untreated can cause urate crystal deposits to form underneath the skin in nodules referred to as tophi (pronounced TOE-fi). Tophi can develop in a variety of parts such as your fingers, hands, feet, elbows or Achilles tendons. Tophi usually are not painful, but during gout attacks, they become sensitive and swollen.
People with gout may experience urate crystals forming in the urinary tract, resulting in kidney stones. The risk of developing kidney stones can be reduced by using the correct medication.
How can I get tested if I suspect I have gout?
Different tests exist which can be used to diagnosed gout, such as:
Joint fluid test
A needle can be used to extract fluid from the affected joint. This joint fluid is then examined under a microscope where, if present, urate crystals can be identified.
Blood tests are done to measure the uric acid levels in the bloodstream. This cannot solely be trusted to determine gout, as some people have high levels of uric acid, but never develop gout. The opposite is true, where some people show symptoms of gout but their uric acid levels are not abnormally high.
How can gout be treated?
Since gout is most often caused by lifestyle factors, the best way to treat them is with counter-active lifestyle changes:
Eat the right food
Try to reduce red meat, sugar, starches and sugary drinks. Follow the guidelines in the FREE Manna Acid & Alkaline Ebook.
Make sure to drink at least 2 litres of purified water per day.
Reduce alcohol consumption
Alcohol is one of the big causes of increased uric acid levels in the body. Try to only drink alcohol on weekends, and even then only 2 drinks per day.
Take the Manna pH Balance
The natural ingredients in this supplement can help to excrete excess uric acid from the body for fast, effective relief of symptoms related to high uric acid levels.
Manna pH Balance was specially formulated from just 5 ingredients, all that have pH balancing qualities.
The Flavonoids and Polyphenols from this natural Eucalyptus extract has Anti-Viral and Anti-Inflammatory properties, assisting in the relief and fighting of inflammation caused by high uric acid levels.
Asimum triloba (Papaya extract)
Papaya extract helps to increase acid excretion via the kidneys.
Aloe Ferox gum resin (Aloe Bitters)
Aloe bitters is a strong anti-inflammatory substance which help with the balancing of pH in the body and acts as an antibiotic, with strong detoxifying properties.
Curcuma longa folia (Turmeric)
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Parsley acts as a natural diuretic which can help your body flush out excess uric acid from your bloodstream through your kidneys and urinary tract, thus supporting kidney function.
Manna pH Balance assists in:
- Relief of arthritis symptoms
- The relief of gout
- Relief of osteoarthritis
- Balancing the pH of the body
This is what our customers found:
“My husband suffers from gout, he has to take puricos daily but he has had side effects from that medicine. Since he has been using Manna pH Balance he hasn’t had any attacks and there are no side effects.” – Sarah