Gout & Arthritis

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Gout and arthritis are caused by uric acid stored between the joints. This is a direct result of an excess of acidic foods and drinks over many years. The acids were unable to dissolve due to the alkalinity of the diet being too low.

Reduce gout by alkalising your body each and every day.

Click on the questions below:

  • What is gout?
  • How does gout start?
  • How long can gout last?
  • What can I do to help myself?

  • What is gout?

    Gout is a type of arthritis where swelling and severe pain develops in your joints especially at the base of your big toes. This is a direct result of acidosis from too much acid in your diet. Other symptoms such as acid reflux and indigestion are also common signs of acidosis. The joint may look as if it has a boil on it, or the skin may become shiny and peeling due to the body trying to push the excess acid to the surface. Other symptoms are a temperature and feeling very tired.

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    How does gout start?

    Gout starts from a chemical waste called uric acid that builds up in the joints. Too much of this acid can then turn into crystals and start to ache, swell up and become red, hot and extremely painful. About five per cent of people with high uric acid levels actually get gout. Gout can also affect other joints such as the ankles, knees, hands, wrists and elbows, especially when we get older.

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    How long can gout last?

    Attacks of gout can last up to 10 days depending on the severity of your acidosis, and then die down doing no permanent damage to the joint. There can be years between attacks, depending how alkaline your diet is during this time. However, if you get chronic gout lasting for six weeks or more you can develop more permanent arthritis in the joints. This can cause white pimples called tophi to appear on your skin, especially on your hands, ears, fingers and elbows.

    This is where uric crystals form under the skin. They can be painful and if your acid levels are especially high, it can build up in your kidneys and form kidney stones. This will result in having to undergo treatment to reduce your acid levels.

    ‘If bone is mobilised to buffer only 1 mEq of acid each day, 15 per cent of the total body calcium in an average person is lost in a decade’ Wachman, A; Bernstein, D.S. ‘Diet and osteoporosis’ Lancet 1968, 1, 958-959.

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    What can I do to help myself?

        • Diet is important in controlling gout.
        • Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. Beer and wine in particular will cause gout to flare up.
        • Alkazone pH Drops is a drink supplement. A few drops in water will raise your pH giving your body that much needed alkaline to neutralise the acid in the joints. Drink six to eight glasses per day to help prevent kidney stones. This can also stop uric forming into crystals.
        • Stop drinking coffee. It has been shown to increase the amount of uric acid that is excreted. Or drink alternative alkaline coffee which will help your gout.
        • DMSO is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer, this product also oxidises helping reduce acid.
        • Supplements such as pH Plus alkalise your body and fight gout.

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