Exercise For No Other Reason

Forget about body shaming.

By Kevin RR Williams

HEALTH A sedentary lifestyle is a life ender. It contributes to poor circulation in the lower extremities and other health problems, including early mobidity.

Exercise to delay or prevent gout. You may ask, "What is gout, and what does it have to do with exercise?" Gout is usually characterized by recurrent attacks of inflammatory arthritis—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.

Strenuous exercise results in a temporary increased production as our bodies burn calories for energy. Regular light exercise only produces minimal elevation of uric acid levels compared to occasional heavy 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 persons who vigorously exercise or are exposed to hot environments need to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration and maintain adequate urinary output. It is recommended that people with profuse sweating following rigorous exercise should ingest sports drinks containing abundant sodium in order to decrease serum uric acid.

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Today's high-tech society is contributing to an ever 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. Upon reaching 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 also helps restore the alkaline acid balance in the body and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant 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. Plus, purple and blue-colored berries contain flavonoids called anthocyanins that help lower uric acid and reduce inflammation and stiffness.

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

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Drinking plenty of water helps helps dilute the uric acid and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate excess amounts from the body through urine.

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