Gout is a condition characterized by abnormally elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, and it’s currently the #1 form of inflammatory arthritis. More than 3 million North Americans already suffer from gout, but the numbers are climbing fast! There was a 23% spike in diagnoses last year! Why? Because of our diet!
Gout is marked by a build-up of crystal-like deposits between joints – mainly in the big toes, ankles, elbows or shoulders. Researchers have found that foods high in a compound called purine are the most likely cause of gout build-ups. Purine’s common in organ meats – like chicken livers and turkey gizzards – as well as in shellfish, beef and alcohol. Also, new studies have found a link between gout and high-fructose corn syrup, a common ingredient in sugary sodas and processed foods.
The pain of gout can be so bad that the weight of a bed sheet feels excruciating – and a single flare-up can last a week or more. Fortunately, gout is treatable with medication, but the #1 factor in controlling gout is diet.