Causes of gout flare ups as explained in ayurveda

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causes of gout flare ups, gout ayurveda, diet to prevent gout flare upsOur digestive system breaks the food into molecules to ease the absorption. Thus the protein, carbohydrate, fats, minerals etc are in the form of molecules before absorption. During the process of protein metabolism, uric acid is produced from purines. The digestion goes as follows

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The end product uric acid is filtered by kidneys. Sometimes increased production of uric acid or inability of kidneys to filter uric acid results in increased level of uric acid in blood. Increased level of uric acid causes gout to flare up. (Read Best Ayurvedic Treatment and Medicine for High Uric Acid Levels )

Text books of ayurveda refer gout as “vata rakta”.The vitiation of vata and also rakta (blood) together cause gout or “vata rakta”. The following factors vitiate blood and vata to cause gout flare ups.

Foods – Foods that are rich in protein after metabolism lead to formation of uric acid. These protein molecules are called purines which finally breaks down to form uric acid. Foods like organ meat (liver), sea foods like sardines, anchovies, mussels, and salmon can cause gout to flare up. Plant proteins are not exceptions. Increased consumption of pulses (dals), peas, soya, paneer, tofu etc can also cause gout to flare up. Texts of ayurveda specifically recommend to avoid sesame, horse gram, sugar cane, curd, butter milk, radish etc regularly in increased quantity. These foods increase uric acid level in blood or rakta and vitiate it.
Increased salt intake : Increased salt intake impairs kidney function. When kidney function is abnormal it fails to filter the excess uric acid. This leads to rise in uric acid levels in blood causing gout flare ups.

Oily Foods: Oily foods makes you to gain weight. Increased weight impairs filtration of uric acid and this upsurges uric acid levels in blood.

Alcohol : Alcohol causes dehydration and increases the concentration of uric acid in blood. The alcohol itself increases blood uric acid level.

Medications: Few medications used for high blood pressure, heart failure, blood thinners can trigger gout attacks.

Dehydration: increased consumption of coffee, alcohol, sugary drinks, salt etc cause dehydration leading to increased uric acid level in blood. Exposure to severely hot climates and surroundings can also cause dehydration

Obesity: Obesity slows down the metabolism. A sluggish metabolism throws kidney function haywire leading to high level of uric acid in blood.

Opposite Foods:The food which we prepare should fulfill many criterion. The food has to be tasty, nourishing and should not harm body. Texts of ayurveda say a strict no to few combinations of ingredients. They describe these combinations as opposite foods. Opposite food combinations lead to accumulation of toxins in the body. These toxins act like slow poisons which can become root cause for other diseases. These food combinations are described as “viruddhahara“ or opposite foods in ayurveda. (Read Opposite Foods Ayurveda ).

Indigestion: Indigestion causes formation of “ama” a sticky toxin which blocks the paths of metabolism. Impaired metabolism increases the production of body waste in which uric acid is also included.

Day time Sleep and sedentary work: Daytime sleep or divaswapna and sedentary work (avyayama) imblances doshas. It increases kapha and meda (body fat). Weight gain causes flaring up of gout.
Increased Movement of joints: Riding elephant, horse or other vehicles which increase movements of joints may cause inflammation of joint. Inflamed joints in gout flare up pain and attack..

The above mentioned causes vitiate both vayu and rakta. Vitiated rakta blocks the path of vayu and further aggravates it. Aggravated vata further vitiates blood and the cycle continues. Thus vitiated blood and vayu circulates all over body and harm joints. These pathological factors also imbalance other vital forces pitta and kapha. The symptoms of vitiation get manifested in legs and toes.

According to ayurveda acharyas when a person consumes above mentioned diet and exposes himself to increased physical work or sedentary work, has greater chances of getting gout. The gout flare ups can be prevented by avoiding above mentioned diet and lifestyles.

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