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What yoga poses or exercises can I do for my gout, which keeps coming back in my ankles, knees, fingers, like every 2 weeks ?

Kaal Nath (Hoover, AL) on Jan 24, 2012
Yoga poses are not a solution for gout. I suggest that you identify the cause of your gout. Gout is essentially a symptom of having excessive uric acid in the body. The solution to this recurring (chronic) concern is to eliminate the cause of the excessive uric. In the simplest situation it may be a function of diet, such as eating too much meat. Gout used to be called "the rich man's disease" because the common people could not afford meat. If the gout is not due to other systemic causes, like kidney function (kidneys excrete uric acid as urea/urine), adopting a plant-based nutritional plan may resolve it. The lifestyle of yoga is based on plant-based nutrition. First, see a doctor. If flesh food is a factor, find and read Diet For A Small Planet. If you go vegetarian, do it wisely. Get informed and do it right. Many people fail at what I call "natural" nutrition because they are unaware of the simple facts of what the body requires and how plant sources can provide it all.
Franklin Antoian (Delray Beach, FL) on Jan 24, 2012
Please see a doctor before beginning any exercise program.
James Weaver (Milford, CT) on Jan 24, 2012
If you haven't done so already, check with your doctor. You should be monitoring your diet as well. Avoid drinking alcohol and foods that are high in purines(organ meats, dried beans, sardines, anchovies, asparagus, and mushrooms.) When your body breaks down these foods, it produces uric acid, and excess uric acid causes painful crystals to deposit in the joints, which causes the gout. Exercise is great for relieving gout. Aerobic, strength training and stretching programs are all fine to do. Go ahead and do your yoga poses!
William Turner (New York, NY) on Jan 24, 2012
Gout is a form of arthritis that impacts the joints. The best resolve to see a doctor who may prescribe the appropriate medication for this condition. A healthy diet and stretching may serve as supplemental alternatives. Seeing a doctor is highly recommended. Low impact exercises such as bicycling, elliptical machines and yoga are better than high impact routines. High impact routines can exacerbate the symptoms of the condition. Stay away from heavy impact exercises such as jumping, running or boxing. Try stretching, low impact squats, modified push ups, plantar dorsal, plantar flex-ion of the ankles, single leg standing hip flex-ion and knee extension. If necessary, utilize a stabilization point such as the wall or a chair. Draw the knee upward to the chest and extend the leg slowly outward by straightening the knee. Repeat this movement 10 to 15 times for each leg. Four sets would be ideal. Use a tennis ball. Grip and release the tennis ball several times or more. Doing this engages the muscle and tendons of the wrists and forearms without causing too much tension or inflammation of the wrist joints or fingers. Over time you will notice a considerable change in your strength, mobility and stability in the ankles, knees and fingers. -WiL Turner Fusion 40 Fitness Nov 2011
Bryna Carracino (Los Angeles, CA) on Mar 26, 2012
well first we need to talk about your sodium levels... Do you know how much sodium you eat in a day? exercise in general will help with gout. so a heavily cardiovascular based work out will help tremendously but we first need to figure out how much sodium you have in your diet. please get in touch! Best Bryna