Spring is famous for cleaning up and cleaning out – let’s kill some gout while we’re at it. A spring detox plan using a few simple foods and drinks known to be good for gout is our starting point – BUT, you’ve got questions:
“Why is it important to detox and what the hell does that really mean?!”
Let’s get to it straight-away so you can get cracking.
What Does “Detoxing” Mean?
“Detox” is short for “detoxification”. (duh) To detox is to remove harmful toxic poisons and substances from within the body. But how did they get there?
That is an important question when it comes to gout and how to structure a gout diet of healthy foods to combat the toxicity at every turn . . . but more on that in just a minute.
The human body collects and stores all kinds of toxins if the liver is unable to cleanse them from the bloodstream, and the kidneys are unable to excrete them. These harmful substances can remain in the fatty tissues, the organs, and even in the brain.
We take on more poisonous materials everyday just living in our modern world; the air we breathe, the foods we eat, the water we drink, and even what comes in contact with our skin, contributes to our toxic overload.
But! The human body is an AMAZING piece of machinery and it is designed to handle ALL KINDS of garbage . . . IF you keep it tuned up with the proper fuel.
Why Is a Spring Detox SO Important for Gout?
Gout is a condition of over-acidity in the body. When uric acid – an antioxidant that the body produces as part of the natural “living-and-dying” of the cells (apoptosis) – becomes excessive in the bloodstream, the pain of gout is soon to follow.
There are some “good” gout foods that counteract all the damage done by the foods that cause gout . . . or at least contribute to the incidence of gout. Some of the foods for detoxing help to clean up the digestive tract, others work well to improve liver function, and others are really helpful for improving the way your kidneys work.
The end result is cleaner more well oxygenated blood, smoother running body systems, and a happier, healthier, more gout-free you!
Gout Foods for Spring Detox
Below are a few down-and-dirty ways to get on with detoxing your way out of gout.
Lemons are a good detox food because they are a potent source of the famous and well-known antioxidant, Vitamin C. But in addition to the vitamin C power, lemon can be supportive of the digestive system with added enzymatic action. Another possible benefit is that consistent therapeutic use of lemon can serve to slow down kidney stones by lowering the calcium levels in urine.
Jump-start your mornings with a glass of warm, filtered water with the juice of half a fresh lemon and a pinch of cayenne!
The “green” in plants is a miracle. The sun shines on the plants and the plants use the sunshine as fuel to grow. So if we eat them, we get super-charged by the power of the sun!
AND, the chlorophyll (the “green” in plants) is a HUGE antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and assists in the “chelation” of heavy metals as well as all kinds of other incredible health and healing magic.
So buy your green vegetables, take them home and wash them and store them, and eat as much as you can of them RAW. Here are a few common green vegetables:
- Green lettuce
- Red Leaf lettuce
- Beet greens
- Collard greens
- Dandelion greens
This is the short list – get creative. And if you are pressed for time, there are a number of supplemental sources of super-green foods like spirulina and chlorella that are powdered and ready for transport.
Take full advantage of the power of the sun stored in green foods – they are tremendously alkalizing and a true killer of the gout beast!
One other really helpful and easy to “take-advantage-of” gout killer of an antioxidant is Green Tea. Learning to undo the coffee habit and replace it with some tasty green tea is a really good way to treat and prevent gout.
The warm liquid action of green tea, combined with the mega-doses of antioxidants is really helpful for digestion, but also very helpful at cleaning out the liver and improving kidney function.
Get Educated About Detoxing for Gout
If you take the time to really learn all you can about the importance of consistent effort to detox your body, you will find that you and your buddy gout are no longer friends. I know it sounds sad but that’s just the way things go sometimes. (lol!)
I got some of these simple ideas for this little spring detox for gout from the good folks over at Global Healing Center – check it out.
You don’t have to wait until spring to detox with some tasty gout friendly foods.
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