After all the eating and drinking over Christmas and summer, an unpleasant gout surprise may be in store!
A gout ‘attack’ usually comes on very quickly, with extreme pain and swelling in the joint. The area can look hot, red and shiny. In other words, its a very unpleasant experience! If left untreated, frequent and severe attacks can cause permanent damage to your joints. Untreated gout also can lead to kidney damage and is linked with:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
What Causes Gout?
Gout happens when your body produces too much uric-acid or your kidneys are unable to remove the uric acid from food. This results in small crystals forming in your joints, leading to pain and swelling.
Gout ‘attacks’ can be triggered by an excess of certain foods, alcohol and medicines. Foods such as offal, large quantities of red meat, shellfish and large amounts of legumes can put you at risk. Drinking lots of fizzy drinks or alcohol, especially beer, can also bring on gout.
The pain of an acute ‘attack’ can be relieved with medicines such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Or your doctor may prescribe you a gout preventer to take on a regular basis. Clive reckons that with gout, prevention really is better than trying to cure it.
So, don’t dismiss that pain in your big toe - or any other joint for that matter! Talk with a
pharmacist at Clive’s Chemist, or your doctor. Email or phone us on 04 564 8618 to find out how you can prevent further 'attacks' and get yourself some pain relief today.
Fix me up!
One of the best herbs for treating and the prevention of gout is celery seed extract as it helps remove acid wastes from the body. For people with chronically elevated blood uric-acid levels, a small regular dose of celery seed extract should keep uric-acid down to safe levels. Even consuming celery as a food will go some way to help remove excess acids from your system.
The main action of celery seed is through an oil called ‘apiol’. This is largely what gives celery its distinctive smell.
However one symptom of celery seed is that it makes you pee a lot! So if you have a heart condition or blood pressure issues it is important you talk to a pharmacist or doctor before taking it.
Changes at Clive's
Angela has taken a big step moving into the dispensary to start training as a dispensary technician. Training will take around 3 years for Angela to complete as she juggles full-time work, part-time study and being a mum. We're behind you all the way, Angela!
Mareta is now working part-time too, as she finishes her business degree and masters in Maori studies. The team at Clive's Chemist are super proud of her.
Out In Our Community
Dr Peter Raudnic and Margaret Raudnic are selling their practice and we all wish them the best in their retirement. Both have given 34-years of dedicated and valuable service to our community.
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While we're on the subject of healthy eating. Here's a fun video explaining what happens to your brain when eating sugary food and drink. Those cravings for chocolate are real!