One of the common symptoms felt by those suffering from hyperuricemia or gout is that they feel tired or sluggish most of the time. Most gout patients find it hard to have good quality sleep and often wake up with a blurry mind that needs at least half an hour to clear up.
What Causes This?
If you look at their freshly drawn blood, you will notice almost all of these patients have thick blood, dark in color with high viscosity. If you observe the blood under darkfield microscopy, you will notice the red blood cells are stacking up in clusters.
With thick blood, the red blood cells cannot carry as much oxygen than possible; they cannot bring fresh oxygen to the muscles, to the lungs, or any other parts of the body, especially the brain. We need a fast and sufficient supply of oxygen to the brain so we can think clearly and concisely. Thick blood is a condition that creeps up on us over a long period. It can slowly disturb our quality of life if the situation is ignored.
What Are the Consequences?
A person having thick blood can get an array of seemingly unrelated symptoms that will send the doctors scratching their heads.
Here are some of those symptoms:
• Skin disorders: such as red patches, itchiness, acne, and dryness and flaking—sometimes misdiagnosed as eczema or dermatitis: This thick blood is not efficient in carrying acidic toxins to the liver or kidneys for disposal. This has forced the body to go for the next available eliminative organ: the skin. Our skin is the largest organ, in terms of surface area, and has millions of pores or openings. Our body is constantly eliminating excess water, toxins, and heat via those pores on the skin. When the kidneys and liver fail to take the load off the laboring red blood cells, they have no choice but to dump their load on the next available channel, which is the skin. This is why the skin gets dry, itchy, flaking, red, or swollen—to help cleanse the blood so it can continue doing its work.
• Migraines or headaches: When the brain does not receive enough oxygen from the blood and is submerged in an environment full of acidic toxic waste that cannot be transported out for disposal. Frequently a headache for no obvious reason is the signal that your brain is shouting for help. As long as the blood is not cleaned up, you will always have headaches that come and go. When your blood cannot carry sufficient oxygen and nutrients to the brain cells, they become tired, and the ability to spark signals drops. The result is lapses of memory, forgetfulness, and lack of concentration, which will eventually affect the quality of your daily life.
• Fever or high body temperature that comes and goes: A fever is one of the body’s immune responses that attempts to neutralize a bacterial or viral infection. However, if your blood is too thick, certain acidic toxic wastes become concentrated and mimic foreign substances. When the immune “police” spot these toxins, they raise the temperature a degree or so as an attempt to burn out these waste toxins. The typical medical doctor assumes that you have a virus or a bacterial infection and prescribes a universal weapon for you: antibiotics. This kind of fever shows up from time to time with no periodic cycle evident. After about two or three trips to the doctor, the doctor may draw some blood from you to see what monsters are hiding inside your body. Guess what he will find out next.
• High white blood cell count: If your lab reports come back with a high white blood cell count—even after antibiotics—consider the possibility that it is an autoimmune reaction where the body tries to kill off those toxins. When that happens, there is an elevated or higher white blood cell count, which the doctors verify as bacteria or a virus still active and in your body. There have been some cases where the white blood count was so high that the condition was diagnosed as preleukemic.
• Various forms of unknown allergic reactions: A high concentration of acidic toxic compounds in the body can force the immune system into a major reaction. After several years, it goes haywire, becoming weak and suppressed or overly sensitive. As the immune system begins to turn upside down, you suddenly become allergic to something in your environment. Allergies are signals that your immune system is wearing down and will eventually leave you open to all kinds of problems later, such as more frequent flu or other deadly forms of bacteria and viruses. Your main line of defense has been stripped of its protective powers and is leaving you wide open to all these other risks.
After knowing all the consequences of having a thick blood, the next question is …
What Causes the Blood to Become Thick?
Every cell in the body has an electrical potential, especially on the surface of its membrane. It is this electrical energy that differentiates life from death. The electrical potential, also known as zeta potential, ranges from 70 to 90 millivolts in a healthy human cell.
Zeta potential is a measure of the electrical force that exists between atoms, molecules, particles, and cells in a fluid. Zeta potential’s strength determines the amount of material (nutrients or wastes) that fluids, such as blood and lymph, can carry. Increasing the electrical force in the solution allows the fluid to dissolve and hold more material. In this way, more nutrients can be carried throughout your body and accumulated deposits of waste can be removed. A high zeta potential is the ability of a molecule to hold an electrical charge. Zeta potential is the force that maintains the discreteness of each cell in our body. As we age or become ill, our zeta potential drops, along with our energy. If you find it difficult to get out of bed, exercise, or maintain self-motivation, don’t blame it on your psychological state, it could be due to the low zeta potential at the cell level.
Healthy red blood cells are fully charged with negative ions on the membrane surface (Figure 4.1). Under normal conditions, it is hard for two or more red blood cells to get near each other because negative charges repel each another. In the case of blood, more negative ions means higher zeta potential.
If there is too much uric acid in the blood, a lot of positively charged hydrogen ions float around in the blood plasma. These positively charged ions neutralize the negative charges on the red blood cells. Eventually, this leads to a drop of zeta potential in the blood. When the zeta potential is too low, blood begins to coagulate (Figure 4.2). This condition is known as intravascular
coagulation. Blood becomes a sludge, which I call “thick blood,” that is increasingly difficult for the heart to pump, and it becomes ineffective performing the normal blood functions.
Gout Is Just the Beginning
Gout is just one of the ways your body calls for help; it is one of the earliest warning signs that your body is heading toward acidosis.
Just like a house full of dirty rubbish, pests (mice and cockroaches) will keep coming in no matter how hard you try to eliminate them. It is a never-ending process. My advice: stop wasting time and money trying to kill those nasty pests. Focus on cleaning house instead and throwing away all the rubbish. When it is clean and tidy, mice and cockroaches and other pests gradually go away because that is no longer the environment they seek. Cleaning house might appear harder than setting traps for mice and bugs, but which one do you prefer? Setting up traps every day or cleaning house once and for all?
The same concept applies to your body. There is no instant cure for anything. You didn’t get gout today or yesterday; your gouty enemy began forming many years back and started to attack only recently.
So, don’t expect there to be an instant cure for a disease 10 years in the making. Those meds you take are just a smoke screen that masks your pain and symptoms, which makes you think that the illness is cured. Sadly, the effectiveness of the meds is just temporary. Soon you will have another round of gout attacks.
Pharmaceutical drugs and medicines cannot cure modern illnesses, and they gradually pollute your body’s internal environment, eventually leading to other diseases. By now, you should know why you still suffer from gout symptoms no matter how much colchicine, allopurinol, and painkiller you take.
Most of us know the benefits of detoxification, but knowing without practicing is as good as nothing. It requires strong personal strength and self-discipline to achieve it. You are what you eat and drink. Your lifestyle determines the internal living condition for your body’s cells. If you always consume acidic food and drinks, the cells in your body will be surrounded by the same thing too.
Gout is a habitual disease, it sprouted from some of your habits, especially your daily diet.
I know it is hard to change a habit, so take it one step at a time. I believe that with a clear understanding on the origin of gout, you’ll have a better understanding of how to balance your diet. Remember to always keep the balance. Great food is one of the pleasures of life, so enjoy it. But always know the limits. A simple principle I practice to stay healthy at all time is this: If yesterday’s diet was high in acidic protein and meat, then today must be an alkaline-vegetarian type of day to balance it. Try it. Don’t forget the most important element of detoxification. Drink plenty of good water, preferably ionized alkaline water, frequently during the day.
How Much Water Should You Drink a Day?
Forget about the “eight glasses of water a day” saying. That can be very confusing and misleading. The glasses in your kitchen are probably a different size from those in your neighbor’s cabinet. So, how about two liters a day? What about three?
How much water to drink a day differs from person to person and depends on one’s daily activities. A rule of thumb is to drink at least 5% of your body weight (in metric units). Take me as an example: My weight is around 70 kilograms. I drink at least three and a half liters of ionized alkaline water in a day.
I know for some of you, drinking three and a half liters of water in a day might sound ridiculous, if not crazy. And I’m very sure at least 90% of you reading this are heavier than I am, which means you might need to drink up to five liters of water per day, according to the 5% rule. Your doctor is going to tell you, “This guy is a nut job.”
Tell me, who is the bigger nut: someone who gives you advice and meds proven not to cure disease or me? Big Pharma would have been out of business a long time ago if their meds cured anything. You wouldn’t be reading this book if those prescriptions worked.
The 5% Rule
Take in at least 5% of your body weight (in metric units) of ionized alkaline water daily.
Here is the logic of my 5% rule. Trace back the history of human evolution billions of years, and all living things on earth originated from a single cell formed in the sea of water. The human body is a very complex combination of one hundred trillion (100,000,000,000,000) living cells. These cells exist in a sea of interstitial body fluids just like an enclosed sea where they get their food supply. Blood capillaries act as the tiny rivers that supply the nutrients to this huge internal sea of cells.
Now imagine an aquarium with 100 fish inside. More fish means more waste will be produced. Guess how long it takes for the tank of clear water to turn dirty and murky. Less than three days. You have to either change the water or kiss the fish good-bye. So, you install a pump system to recycle and filter out the waste made by the fish. Then, once a week, you need to change the filter sponges and flush the line out so the pump system operates smoothly.
Now imagine one hundred trillion fish cramped in a relatively small tank. Our body has a built-in recycling system that pumps very hard to filter out those toxic wastes. But we cannot change out the filtering sponges in our body (kidneys) to scrub or rinse them. The only way to clean them is to flush our system with water and excrete urine. The same principle applies to another filtering organ: the skin.
Watch out for water poisoning! Never gulp down more than one liter of water – especially pure water, such as reversed osmosis water and distilled water – within minutes. Too much pure water will dilute the electrolytes in your body, which could result in seizures, brain damage, coma, or even death!
The best drinking water practice is a moderate amount with high frequency, such as 500 milliliters every hour or so. If you are not a water-drinking person, chances are high that your kidneys have grown lazy. So, allow some time for their muscles to gradually remember this flushing job. If you seldom run or exercise and then, out of the blue, run a 10K race, guess how you will feel the next day. I doubt if you would be able get out of bed. You see, those muscles had grown lazy too. Get it?
If 5% of your weight is a bit too much for you, you can cut it down to 3% for a start. What is important is that you have to work out your number so that you have something to aim for, achieve, and then stick to.
If you have a weak kidney or any other kidney illness, DO NOT practice the 5% rule.