players and sports people suffer from a problem of high uric acid
levels. This is often shown as shooting pain in the wrist, elbow,
shoulder, ankle, toes, etc. The condition is commonly called Gout.
When protein rich foods, specially non- veg like fish, seafood,
mutton, chicken, beef, glandular meat like liver, kidney, etc. are
digested in the body, uric acid is formed as a break down product.
This must be flushed out of the body with plenty of water. If not
urate crystals will form and lodge themselves in the cartilages
of the joints like wrist, elbow, ankles, etc. This will result in
shooting pain or a pricking pain.
This is seen
to occur more frequently and obviously in summer or when the weather
suddenly cools and the normal water intake that is necessary is
not consumed. Also when players go into a camp or special training
session where the workouts are very intense and they don’t
drink enough water to compensate the heavy losses in sweat this
problem may arise. So the first step is to drink much more water
than you drink now.
is to make it a rule to control the intake of non-veg. Try to eat
it only once a day and preferably only at lunch so that there is
time to digest it. Soups and gravies of meat or fish produce high
levels of uric acid, so please avoid.
Athletes and sportsmen like tennis, badminton, cricket, etc. players
seem quite susceptible to this. This could be due to increased perspiration
during training and insufficient water consumption. Also players
seem to be in and out of special training camps where lots of non-veg
food is available. They eat large amounts of it thinking it will
build their body. Please note that at one time you should not eat
more than 2-3 pieces of chicken or fish. When you do the excess
gets converted to fat and a lot of uric acid is also produced. You
need the protein but try to consume milk, egg white and dhals along
with the non - veg so that you eat lesser quantities of meat, fish
Custard apple, chickoo, beans, peas, pulses-channa, rajma, moong
sprouts and spinach too must be avoided when there is pain. These
foods contain high amount of purine, which gets converted to uric
acid in the body. We have also observed sudden gout attacks of pain
after the consumption of too much alcohol, so please avoid this.
Any kind of
fasting and feasting can bring on an attack of pain. When fasting
- tissues in your own body are broken down and uric acid is formed
from this. When you over eat lots of breakdown of food occurs and
uric acid concentrations rise and attacks of pain occur.
Men are more prone to this condition than women. The level in the
blood should not be more than 6mg/dl for men and 5mg/dl for women.
Some women develop this after menopause.