The symptoms and pain associated with gout is difficult to describe unless you have experienced it yourself. The intense pain is unrelenting, with your joints swelling and your flesh becoming tender and inflamed.
There doesn’t seem to be much you can do about it and that simple fact seems to make it worse. A few decades ago there didn’t seem to be any available effective treatments.
What can you do?
There is no doubt a good gout diet will prevent any flare-up of this disease. One of the best gout treatments that is available today is simply by eating the right foods.
The thing about suffering from gout is that you can do something about it to stop the pain.
What causes gout?
The biggest culprit in gout is the build up of uric acid in the bloodstream. The uric acid forms into crystals and locates itself in your joints.
You get an excess of uric acid when your body breaks down the purine in the food you eat. Therefore a good diet is a low purine diet.
If your kidneys were doing their job they would be able to flush out the uric acid and make it completely harmless.
It’s when the kidneys cannot get rid of all the uric acid that it begins to crystallize and accumulate in the joint. The tendency for this to happen is usually in areas with low blood flow.
Gout causing foods
The best way to treat gout, as you’d expect, is by working out how to lower the amount of uric acid in your blood.
This can be done through medication but a better and less risky way is to ensure that you eat a proper diet and that the diet restricts the amount of food that causes gout.
If you’re asking what foods cause gout, then we can list them as being red meat, seafood and meats that come from the organs of animals.
It’s known that these foods contain high purine and that results in an increase in the uric acid in your blood and that is what causes your gout.
The gout diet
Here is a good way to plan a diet that will help you avoid gout:
The first thing you should consider is to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. There is a strong association between too much drinking and gout, so make sure that it does not fit into your diet plan.
Another factor to consider about alcohol is that it causes dehydration and that certainly doesn’t help gout treatment.
There’s nothing like drinking water and even eating foods that have water content. The more hydrated you are as part of your diet certainly helps your body deal better with the uric acid build up.
While most advice is centered around eight glasses of water a day if you drink about four and mix it with salads and fruit that should be good enough.
Are you tired of trying to deal with your gout attacks?
Symptoms of gout can at times be hard to get rid of. Having a good diet and also healthy lifestyle will help you conquer gout.
Traditional gout medicines are effective but not without side effects. The safe and healthier way is to use natural remedies such as herbal remedies and also eating certain fruits.
If you are looking for healthy and delicious gout recipes, read our review of The Ultimate Gout Diet and Cookbook.
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Hello and thanks for sharing this awesome article, what I find so amazing about foods the effect that it has on our bodies, you can eat foods that is bad for you and end up in serious problems or you can eat foods that are good for you and live a healthy life. Food do really have and effect whether good or bad. I did not know that foods effect us in this way. Thanks for sharing and giving a good break down.
Hi Norman. Unfortunately for gout sufferers, certain “healthy foods” might trigger a gout attack, especially those that contain high purines.
Thanks for sharing this article about gout. I know very little about it and what causes it, however I do have a relative that suffers from it. He eats a lot of fish and avoids red meat so I’m surprised seafood is one of the foods he should be avoiding in his diet. I think I also heard from someone that eating steak that’s rare and not well done may cause gout. Is this true?
I know people who have had gout and it isn’t anything I would ever want to experience.
I know it’s all about the food you eat so I want to avoid all of them. I’m not a drinker so alcohol isn’t a problem for me.
It is best to eat healthy and fruits and vegetables are the way to go. I will follow the advice here and I want to forward this to the people I know who have gout.