We’ve been creating stress for ourselves since time immemorial. Unfortunately, stress affects our body’s normal functions negatively and brings about a few consequences. Gout is one of them.

Stress can be seem to be caused by work, divorce, social life problems, accidents, disabilities and a lot of other factors, the most important of all being physiological reasons like poor diet and nutrition and lack of exercise and sleep. And as long as there is mental and emotional uncertainty as well as poor physical health, stress and other causes of gout will always be a problem.


Specifically for gout sufferers strugglers there seems to be a correlation between gout attacks and stress. This correlation becomes even more pronounced for people who are suffering from chronic stress. That being said, if you have gout, you have to learn how to manage your stress levels.

Health Impact of Stress and the Gout Connection

As you may be well aware, gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by an excess uric acid in the body and more often than not, the cause is our body’s ability to eliminate uric acid. When this happens, the uric acid makes its way to the extremities and deposits in one of the joints – like the big toe! In an attempt to deal with and process the uric acid, our body mobilizes white blood cells to the area and this is what causes the affected area to become red, hot, swollen, and inflamed.

A huge percentage gout strugglers can easily connect their gout flare ups with stressful events in their lives. While there are no official specific studies to date that back up the relationship between gout and stress, a number of studies have proven that there is a connection between stress and arthritis. As The Gout Killer, I’ve had plenty of anecdotal reports about it over the years and I’ve even thought sometimes the #1 cause of gout is divorce!

As mentioned earlier, stress has a negative impact on our body’s functions. Once you are stressed, expect that your body does not function at 100%.

Stress is also known to deplete the Vitamin B5 from your body, which is responsible for excreting the excess uric acid from the body. It also triggers the release of cortisol.

How Do You Avoid or Limit Stress?

While stress is an integral part of our lives, there are a number of ways to minimize its effect. Low-intensity exercises, meditation, yoga, massage, relaxation techniques or even praying can help. Sometimes, simply talking to a friend (like the Gout Killer!) or a family member helps reduce stress.

Vitamin B and vitamin C supplementation is also effective in keeping your cortisol levels in check and regulating stress.

     Bottom Line:  Don’t let stress be the cause of gout in your life: Stay physically healthy, consume a good diet of nutrient dense foods and a mental diet of good reading, positive on-screen material, and good music!


Bert Middleton

“I know your pain. Let me help you kill your gout for good!  And teach you to advocate for yourself and take ownership of your gout recovery, by showing you how to live the gout-free lifestyle.” Two decades ago, Bert Middleton found himself diagnosed with gout. Like 8.3 million other people in the United States (approximately 4% of the population), he struggled helplessly with the physical, emotional, social, and financial impact that gout left unchecked can have on your life. Prescription drugs were of limited help… And the terrible pain of regular gout attacks left him unable to enjoy even the simplest daily pleasures. His marriage was suffering. His finances were spiraling due to the impact gout had on his ability to work. And maintaining a social life was often nearly impossible. Tophi surgeries left him in terrible pain.  And he found himself depressed … and angry … that gout was stealing years of his life.

Until one day, after hundreds of hours of research and self-experimentation, Bert finally had a breakthrough and created a blueprint for a way of living that would prove to be “the answer” to living gout-free for nearly a decade now. Today, Bert and his “Gout Wife” Sharon devote their evenings and weekends to educating other gout sufferers on how to live the gout-free lifestyle. Showing others his 911 Emergency Response Gout Recovery Plan for getting PAINFUL gout attacks under control in as little as 4 hours. And then, how to make daily choices that keep gout under control for GOOD! So you can finally start LIVING again!