Written By LAURA CASELEY
If you have aches and pains in your joints, you might think it’s just from everyday wear and tear, stress and strain, but what if it’s something else? And what if it’s not related to wear and tear at all?
Joint pain is a common ailment, especially as we get older. For many of us, the pain comes from the wearing down of cartilage between the bones. Overexertion and injury can also make things sore.
Sometimes, however, your bones can hurt and ache not from motion or strain at all — but rather from what you’re putting into your body.
We don’t always remember that what we eat and drink affects all parts of our bodies, including our bones. Everything is connected in there, and so certain types of foods, when eaten in excess, can cause pain in our joints.
One example of pain in joints is gout. This disease is caused by the byproducts of less-than-healthy foods eaten in large quantities, when uric acid crystals build up in joints. The disease is painful and as it’s commonly found in the feet, can make getting around difficult.
Luckily, this disease is caused by lifestyle choices for the most part, which means that it’s reversible with a few changes to dietary habits that you can make yourself.
Read on to learn about gout, how to spot it, and how to keep your joints healthy and flexible.