Uric acid is created when our bodies breakdown purine, a compound fount in meats and shellfish. Gout occurs when this uric acid builds up in joints and soft tissues, causing pain. Inflammation occurs in our bodies over time cell damage causes an increase in blood flow that leads to swelling, gout tends to firm in these areas of inflammation. Reducing foods containing purines is important but reducing inflammation is also key. Lower your glucose intake, manage stress, get better sleep and ingest natural anti-inflammatories can make you feel healthier and prevent gout.
- Uric acid results from the breakdown of purine in the body, a component commonly found in meat, shellfish and beer.
- If the uric acid accumulates to a point where the body can not effectively eliminate it, then the acid can adversely affect the soft tissues.
- The crystals found in the acid act as a toxin, which the body attempts to fend off, creating inflammation, a condition known as gout.
“Treatment for gout symptoms typically involves managing symptoms with a prescription drug.”