Exercise For No Other Reason

Forget about body shaming.

By Kevin RR Williams

HEALTH A sedentary lifestyle is a life ender. Lack of circulation in the lower extremities causes health problems, including premature death.

Exercise to delay or prevent gout. You may ask, "What is gout, and what does it have to do with exercise?" Gout is usually describes asrecurrent attacks of inflammatory arthritis. It is a red, tender, hot, and swollen joint that may also manifest visible disfigurement.

A combination of diet and genetic factors contributes to the condition. Gout is most common among those who consume much meat, drink a lot of beer, or are overweight. The underlying mechanism involves elevated levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Uric acid is a product of the metabolic breakdown of internal organ wastes. The ability to remove uric acid diminishes as we age.

Uric acid temporarily increases with strenuous exercise, as our bodies burn calories for energy. Occasional heavy exercise elevates uric acid levels more than regular light exercise. —Godofredo MD

How Exercise Affects Gout

Research reveals that high uric acid alone was associated with shortened mean lifespan — 1.4 and 3.8 years in men and women, respectively. “While [30 minutes of moderate physical activity 5 days per week] is a desirable goal to pursue, we found that those who exercised minimally, like 15 minutes a day instead of 30 minutes, in brisk walking instead of jogging, also had reduced nearly all mortality increases from high serum uric acid,” Wen and colleagues noted.

A study by Huang LL, et al. suggests that people who vigorously exercise or are in hot environments need to drink enough liquid. This prevents dehydration and allows them to expel enough urine. People who sweat profusely after rigorous exercise should ingest sports drinks with abundant sodium to decrease serum uric acid.

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Today’s high-tech society is contributing to a more pervasive sedentary lifestyle (lack of physical activity). This can contribute to or be a risk factor for:

Elevations of uric acid during exercise can be alleviated with proper hydration and acid nutralization. Walking or any impact sport is difficult after arthritic gout develops in the feet, ankles, knees or other joints. As a preemptive mesure, establish a routine of moderate exercise. When you reach middle-age, implement dietary changes to augment your body's decline in uric acid elimination.

Natural Ways to Control Uric Acid Levels

Apple Cider Vinegar can help remove wastes like uric acid from the body. It contains malic acid that helps break down and eliminate uric acid. Apple cider vinegar is an antioxidant that helps restore the alkaline acid balance while providing anti-inflammatory benefits.

Lemon Juice may seem to make the body more acidic. Actuality, it produces an alkaline effect and helps neutralize uric acid. Plus, its vitamin C content also helps lower uric acid levels.

Cherries and dark berries contain chemicals that help reduce uric acid levels. Purple and blue-colored berries contain flavonoids called anthocyanins. These help lower uric acid, reduce inflammation, and increase mobility.

Cold-Pressed Olive Oil contains monounsaturated fats that remain stable when heated. It is high in vitamin E and antioxidants that control uric acid levels. Olive oil also has anti-inflammatory benefits.

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Drinking plenty of water helps dilute uric acid and stimulates the kidneys to urinate excess amounts.

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