When uric acid increases in your blood there is a likelihood that there will be sufficient to allow for some of it to form into crystals of urate which will settle in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissue.
These microscopic crystals are ‘needle-like’ in shape and can thus cause inflammation, swelling, redness, stiffness, and excruciating pain in the offending joint. These are the typical symptoms of gout.
But what causes uric acid increases in the first place?
…Well, normally, your kidneys process the uric acid naturally produced in your body and excrete the excess out of your system. Unfortunately, if your kidneys aren’t working at full capacity, or, if your body’s producing much too much uric acid for your kidneys to deal with, your uric acid increases and you end up with excess or high uric acid.
How is uric acid produced in the body then?
…Uric acid is actually a byproduct of your body’s own metabolizing process. Chemical compounds known as ‘purines’ are part of this process, and when they breakdown during it, uric acid is produced.
But, here’s the thing: As well as purines naturally existing in your body, they also exist in your food. That’s why you need to closely monitor your daily diet if you’re a gout sufferer. You need to avoid foods that are high in purines.
Other things you can do is to prevent uric acid increases are to use natural gout remedies to help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and, to lower uric acid levels in your blood.
More and more gout victims are preferring the natural approach because of the nasty side effects that normal drug-based medications have. Another reason is that these drugs only work whilst you take them. So there’s nothing to stop recurring gout once you come off them.
And you really do need to prevent recurring uric acid increases turning to gout at all costs. This is because frequently recurring gout could cause you to end up with serious health problems such as permanent joint damage, kidney problems and hypertension.