The festive season has come and gone and our New
Year’s celebrations are all but a distant memory. One of
the common consequences of an overzealous festive
season with delicious food and rich wine is gout.
Gout is a common form of arthritis caused by an
increase in uric acid concentration in the body. Often
referred to as the rich man’s disease, gout affects mostly
men. Several dietary factors are known to cause gout
such as high purine foods, refined carbohydrates and
alcohol. Individuals with gout tend to be overweight or
obese and are prone to hypertension and diabetes.
Dietary and herbal measures are used to keep uric
acid levels within the normal range. Eliminate the
consumption of alcohol as it increases uric acid
production by accelerating the breakdown of purines.
Foods high in purines such as shellfish, organ meats,
yeast and mackerel should be completely omitted from
the diet. The diet should be filled legumes, whole grains
and vegetables instead of simple sugars and saturated
fats. Simple sugars increase uric acid production and
saturated fats decrease uric acid excretion.
Weight reduction in obese individuals significantly
reduces serum uric acid levels. Consume at least 2L of
water daily to promote the excretion of uric acid and
dilute the urine. Bromelain and Devils Claw are effective
anti-inflammatory agents and treatments such as
acupuncture has been known to relieve pain.
Dr Melissa Arendse ND, M. Sc (Cum Laude)
021 914 4576 or 078 192 6944