Gout is a form of acute arthritis that causes severe pain and swelling in the joints. Although it commonly affects the big toe, it may also affect other parts of the limbs especially at joints, such as at the ankle, knee, wrist or elbow. With some people, it may also affect the spine and cause a severe back pain.
Gout attacks may come on suddenly and goes away after a few days. But with each attack, the sufferer may suffer debilitating pain, and it keeps recurring. If you are suffering from gout attacks, it may be useful for you to know that it occurs when there are high levels of uric acid circulating in the blood and some get lodged in the tissues of the joints.
Uric acid is formed when the body breaks down waste products from foods that contain purine. Purine is a colorless crystalline compound that forms into uric acid when it is oxidized in an acidic body.
In a normal healthy person, the kidneys are able to filter uric acid from the blood and excrete it in the urine. However, when there’s an overload of uric acid in the body, or the kidneys are not efficient enough at filtering, gout attacks are felt.
Some of the foods high in purine content are generally foods high in protein, such as meat products, seafoods, beans and grains. If you suffer from gout, eliminate these foods from your diet for a time and drink this juice recipe regularly till you see an improvement, and continue some more.
All the ingredients in this juice recipe supports the kidneys, help prevent oxidation and formation of uric acid crystallines. The green apple makes this juice taste delicious and is optional. The lemon and ginger root are necessary to enhance the juice nutrients.
- 1 cucumber
- 8-10 ribs of celery
- 1 green apple
- A squeeze of lemon juice
- 1-inch fresh ginger root