Symptoms, conditions and causes

Why Do You Get Gout in the Big Toe?

Understanding Gout: Beyond High Uric Acid

Gout occurs when uric acid crystals form in joints, causing painful inflammation. While high uric acid levels can be a factor, they don't tell the whole story:

  • Uric Acid Levels: Most gout attacks happen with normal uric acid levels. Researchers believe the immune system reacts to the crystals themselves, causing inflammation.

  • Kidney Function: People with gout often have difficulty eliminating uric acid through the kidneys. This can be linked to kidney health, diabetes, and insulin resistance.

Gout Triggers

Gout attacks often occur at night after consuming:

  • Alcohol (especially beer)

  • Meat & Seafood

  • Organ Meats

  • Fructose (a type of sugar)

Other Factors:

  • pH and Temperature: Acidic body pH and cooler temperatures (like in your toes) can increase the likelihood of crystal formation and flare-ups.

Potential Gout Remedies:

  • Celery

  • Coffee (moderate intake: 1 cup per day)

  • Tart Cherry

  • Lemon

  • More Vegetables, Moderate Protein

Important Note on Fasting: Fasting can temporarily increase uric acid levels. This is likely your body's way of boosting antioxidants during the healing process.

Last updated: Jun 11, 2024 18:22 PM