Gout

Gout is a complex form of arthritis and can be excruciating and debilitating. It is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood, which is the product of the breakdown of waste substances that usually dissolve in the blood and get processed by the kidneys. For people that suffer gout attacks, their kidneys do not get rid of the uric acid fast enough and it crystallizes and collects in the joint. Symptoms include sudden pain, tenderness, heat, and redness in joints. In many cases it occurs in the big toe. Gout can be chronic. By making a blend of these ingredients and tapping into their natural healing properties, you can help relieve/prevent your symptoms, similar to how a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory would.

Pineapple, Turmeric, Ginger, Aloe Drink to Help with Gout

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered turmeric
  • 1 ginger root
  • aloe vera
  • Honey (optional as a sweetener)

Pineapple:
contains an enzyme called bromelain, which has been shown to be useful in reducing inflammation. The theory behind why it works lies in that it affects prostaglandin synthesis (basically, it interferes with the hormones that send the signal that something should swell up.) Bromelain is also an enzyme that digests proteins (hence why pineapple is so popular for tenderizing meat) and gout has been linked to diets high in protein, which can cause an excess of uric acid to build up in the blood.

Turmeric:
contains curcumin, which has seen great success with pain relief lately. Curcumin blocks the production of the protein that tells blood vessels to enlarge.

Ginger root:
contains gingerols, an active component that is related to capsaicin. Gingerols are structured much like capsaicin on a molecular level, which means it may help inhibit the signals sent to your brain that trigger pain. They also lessen the enzymes causing inflammation.

Aloe Vera:
Research published in the "Journal of Environmental Science and Health" notes that aloe vera contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that aid the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and invading pathogens. Additionally, aloe helps to balance the immune system to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory immune disorders.

Directions

Cut the skin off the pineapple and scrape the skin from the ginger. Chop both pineapple and giner into chunks. Blend pineapple, tumeric, ginger root and aloe vera jouice in a food processor or blender. Optionally add honey to taste (use as a sweetner). Aloe Vera juice can be purchased at many supermarkets or can be made at home from the clear gel extract of the aloe plant.

Notes: Do not use any sort of canned or preserved pineapple as the enzymes will have been killed off by heat used in the process of making the product.

Finding out what foods might trigger you will be hugely beneficial, as well as following a "gout" diet. Just because something is natural doesn’t guarantee its safe if you are on medication or if you don’t know how these ingredients might affect you, always check with a medical professional before using.