Do you suffer from painful gout? Gout is often overlooked as a consequence of hypothyrodism, and the build up of Candida in the system. How does Candida cause a build up of uric acid? The smaller the amount of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine, the less uric acid that can be dissolved. You may have a low level of beneficial bacteria due to a recent dose of antibiotics, and a Candida albicans infestation takes over.
Candida imbalance has been linked to uric acid, which can lead to joint pain and gout. Gout is a result of a defective metabolism, especially in the smaller bones in the feet. Gout can cause intense pain in these areas. Gout is a complex disorder, and is more common in men than women. Eight million Americans are thought to have gout.
Symptoms can come on suddenly at night, and cause severe pain in the fingers, ankles, hands, wrists, heels, feet, instep, elbows, and knees. The areas will be red, feel hot, stiff, and inflamed. The skin may turn purple which can make the sufferer believe the pain is caused by infection. The flare ups from gout can be severe, and then subside over a week or two. Next, the skin may become itchy and peel in the areas afflicted by gout.
Eating a diet including organ meats, anchovies, mushrooms, and asparagus can lead to a high level of purines in the body. The body breaks down the purines, and the process makes uric acid. Too much uric acid, and the body cannot filter it all through the kidneys, which causes it to build up in unhealthy amounts. The result of too much uric acid is the development of urate crystals, which are like needles in the joints. The needle like crystals cause pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Drinking alcohol can also lead to outbreaks of gout. Gout tends to run in families, and is more common in overweight individuals. Medicines such as diuretics, aspirin, cyclosporine, and levodopa can also cause symptoms.
Testing for high levels of uric acid include blood tests and joint fluid tests to see if the urate crystals are present.
What is a diet for those who suffer from gout? Gout sufferers will often see symptoms subside while following the Candida diet. The approved Candida diet food list may seem limited, but there are plenty of recipes available to keep meal choices interesting. Use the following tips for success on the Candida diet and to keep the symptoms of gout to a minimum:
- Limit the amounts of meat, poultry, and fish. These animal proteins are high in purines, the substance which can trigger gout. Foods highest in purine, that should be avoided include mackerel, organ meats, red meat, and seafood. Limit proteins from meat to 4 – 6 grams each day. Cut back on fat.
- Choose plant based proteins. Eat whole grains and fewer refined carbohydrates. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Fat free dairy products have been shown to lower risks to gout. Drink plenty of water, which can help flush the uric acids from the body. Some studies show that drinking 4 – 6 cups of coffee each day may reduce the risks of gout.
How should you plan your meals? Have a breakfast of whole grain cereal, fat free milk, fresh fruits, and coffee. Lunch may include a sandwich on whole grain bread, a few ounces of lean meat, topped with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Include a salad, fresh fruit, and fat free milk. Snack on fresh fruits, nuts, and whole grains. Dinner can be boneless, skinless chicken breast, one baked potato with fat free topping, lots of fresh vegetables, and fruit for dessert. Drink water with each meal.
As with any medical condition or diet plan, consult with your health care professional before making any major change to your meals