(NaturalHealth365) Sugary drinks of all kinds are suspected to increase the risk of many chronic health problems – including gout. This is one article the un-natural, beverage industry does NOT want you to read.
Gout is triggered by crystals of uric acid in and around the joints; the majority of people with gout have high uric acid levels. Gout is a form of arthritis and is considered an error in the metabolism of the a waste product called uric acid. This excess uric acid gets into the joints and forms crystals in and around the area.
Gout is a very painful condition and its cause is an inflammatory reaction triggered by a buildup of uric acid in the joints. Uric acid is a normal waste product of protein metabolism. The conventional treatment of gout is medication to reduce inflammation during an attack or try to lower the level of uric acid. Pharmaceuticals can reduce acute pain but western medicine does not address the underlying cause of the problem. (Gee, what a surprise!)
A sweet tooth can make matters worse
In the United States, levels of gout have doubled in the last decades, and this coincides with the increased consumption of soft drinks and fructose. Fructose is a simple sugar and the only carbohydrate capable of increasing uric acid levels.
The following foods can cause our body to naturally produce uric acid: artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, carbonated soft drinks, white sugar, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, jams, jellies, yeast products, commercial vinegar, and white flour products. This acid accumulation is responsible for excess uric acid production.
Researchers in the U.S. and Canada examined the relationship of sugar sweetened soft drinks and fructose with the rising rate of gout. The study followed over 46,000 men aged 40 years and over with no history of gout. The men completed a questionnaire on their intake of more than 130 foods and beverages, including sugar sweetened soft drinks and diet soft drinks, over a period of 12 years.
At the start of the study, and every two years thereafter, information on weight, regular use of medications and medical conditions were reported. According to the American College of Rheumatology, (in 12 years of follow up) the researchers documented 755 new cases of gout.
The risk of gout was significantly increased among men who drank 5-6 serving of sweetened soft drinks per week. In addition, the risk rose to 85% among men who consumed two to three servings of sugar-sweetened soft drinks per day compared to those who consumed less than one serving per month. And, generally speaking, men are at a higher risk of having a gout attack than women.
The researchers added that their findings have practical implications for the prevention of gout in women, and that physicians should be aware of the potential effect of these beverages on the risk of gout. “Our data provide prospective evidence that fructose poses an increased risk of gout among women, thus supporting the importance of reducing fructose intake.”
Eliminate gout by eating the right foods
The latest studies show a strong association between gout and fructose consumption, especially from soft drinks. Fructose is a major player in the production of uric acid, and is a key player in insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease and heart disease.
Many chronic (degenerative) disease are created with a diet high in simple carbohydrates. Since fructose has invaded our food supply it will cause and worsen all health problems – including gout. To reduce your risk of a gout attack – consider eliminating refined carbohydrates with an emphasis on sugar-sweetened soft drinks.
The science (and common sense) is clear – eating a diet rich in alkalizing fruits and vegetables will virtually eliminates the threat of gout. Plant-based nutrition lowers your risk of inflammation and creates a healthy environment for cellular activity. Minimize your intake of animal products, eat your veggies, drink plenty of (pure) water and exercise for a pain-free life!
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.