An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to a plethora of problems such as acid reflux, IBS, kidney stones, high blood pressure, an unbalanced cholesterol profile, Type 2 diabetes, low T, psoriasis, allergies, heart disease, inflammation, the list is long and continues to grow. More recently there has been a dramatic rise, historically known as “the disease of Kings” or “rich man’s disease”—Gout.
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by recurrent attacks to the joints of the feet, especially the big toe. The big toe joint becomes red, hot, swollen, and can be extremely painful.
Gout is due to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. At high levels of uric acid crystallizes and the crystals deposit in the joints and surrounding tissues, resulting in a Gout attack.
Why are we seeing a rapid rise in Gout? Gout occurs when people eat and drink in excess—the following foods, beverages, and stress, can lead to many diseases including Gout!
Traditional Western Medicine usually treats gout with anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids—this in our opinion is not the answer—gout is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, not a lack of anti-inflammatory medications or steroids! Think of Gout as your wake-up call—a warning sign that it is time to get busy improving your lifestyle or more serious diseases are soon to follow. It is nature’s way of stopping you in your tracks—your big toe hurts so much that most people will do almost anything to stop the pain from coming back! Gout can be improved very quickly by following a healthier lifestyle—here are a few next steps:
For a fast, short term fix you may try using food grade baking soda. Simply, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 12 ounces of water and drink 2-3 times per day. Baking soda is extremely alkaline and can help alleviate uric acid build up.
Look at Gout as a wake-up call that your health is moving in the wrong direction! Building healthy lifestyle habits that are sustainable and enjoyable can be easier than you think!
Wishing You a Life of Health, Happiness and Gout Free!
–Chris Johnson, Founder & CEO of On Target Living