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According to the World Health Organization, 54 million people are reported to have Gout and this figure could even be higher in many undiagnosed cases. This is a common ailment that people have to live with day to day with and there is currently no known cure. There are a few things that may help with managing the symptoms which we will discuss below, but first lets look at what Gout is and how it can affect us.
What is Gout?
Gout is an inflammation of the joints and is a type of Arthritis. This is caused by an excess of Uric Acid which forms into needle shaped crystals called Urate Crystals within the joint. This is usually caused by a large amount of Uric Acid being produced or by your body not removing as much as it needs to. About 70% of daily uric acid disposal can occur via the kidneys. A high build up may also cause a number of other health issues such as Diabetes and Kidney Stones. Uric Acid is a metabolic by product of the body that is produced when the body breaks down certain foods and natural compounds. This accumulation triggers deposits in the joints, which leads to pain and inflammation.
Gout tends to be more common in males as well as people over 50 years. You likelihood of getting Gout will also be higher if you have a family history with the affliction. It can trigger severe pain in a joint at any time, which can last up to 7 days. It is more common in the big toe of the foot, but can affect any joint.
Some of the symptoms include:
• Inflammation around your joint
• Joint tenderness
• Intense pain
• Limited movement
If you believe you may have Gout you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
What may help
Although there is no cure, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent the attacks or at least make them reduce in pain and frequency. In the very first instance is check with your doctor to ensure it is a correct diagnosis and to see if you may need any medication such as steroids.
What can help with Gout
• Anti-inflammatory medication
• Staying hydrated
• Placing an ice pack on the joint in pain
• Raising the limb and resting
• A balanced and healthy diet
• Avoiding alcohol
• Light exercise to get the joint moving
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin D (while this can be found in foods, D3 can only be absorbed by the sun or supplement)
Please note this is general advice and you should always speak to a medical professional.
Foods that can affect Gout
There are foods that can help reduce the build up of Uric Acid and there are also foods that can reinforce the build up. This means our diet can play a key factor on how Gout can affect our day to day life. We should take our diet seriously if we want to help reduce the effects.
Foods that are used to help reduce Uric Acid levels:
• Whole grain meals
• Plant oils
• Low fat dairy products
Foods to avoid that can increase Uric Acid levels:
• Red meat and organs
• Sugary drinks and snacks
Please note this is not an extensive list but can help give you an idea of how your diet may be affecting your symptoms. A dietitian or nutritionist may help you in creating a plan that can ensure you not only eat the right foods but get all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy.
Can aromatherapy help with Gout?
Aromatherapists use essential oils in blends to help reduce pain and inflammation associated not just with Gout but many other forms of muscle and joint pains. Essential oils contain natural chemical compounds that have been extracted from plants to achieve this. They can act similar to a lot of over the counter ointments, but are often chosen as a more natural alternative and can be especially useful for those with sensitive skin. This does not mean you may not have an allergic reaction, but this only tends to happen if you are allergic to plant from which it is derived. This can be easier to work with than other chemicals added to these ointments. Before using anything on you skin no matter if it is an oil or a branded product it is highly advised that you take a patch test, if you have been known to have sensitive skin then this should be even more of a priority.
What essential oils can help with Gout:
Essential oils will need to be diluted with a Base Oil or carrier oil it is also known as to help it be absorbed into the skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should never be applied to the skin without diluting. If you wish to avoid the hassle of this we offer a massage oil called Joint Ease that is already diluted with the base oil Grapeseed and contains Rosemary, Ginger and Geranium.
We have briefly covered what Gout is, how it can affect us and also taken a look at what may help with reducing the pain and build up of Uric Acid. Nothing can substitute speaking to your doctor so please ensure you that is your first course of action.
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