Treating Gout Through A Gout-Free Diet

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GOUT is a common term—most especially when we speak of degenerative illness, those conditions affecting the elderly. When we hear gout, we usually the straight idea that it is painful condition that may limit one’s movement, the same way arthritis does. However, there is more to gout than a mere arthritis attack. The difference between the usual arthritis that elders suffer from (osteoarthritis) is that it may be predisposed by a person’s activity levels, as well as the temperature of a place. When we speak of gout—it is much different because one important thing that triggers gout attacks is food intake.

Why Does Food Intake Affect Gout?

Gout is unique compared to other forms of arthritis because it happens due to a fault in the metabolism of proteins. We are all aware that once we take in protein, our GI system takes time to metabolize it into the essential forms admissible by the cells, i.e. essential amino acids. And along with this process, uric acid is formed. In a person with gout, uric acids fails to become completely metabolized, thus it tends to accumulate in the bloodstream. When uric acid in the bloodstream is of high amounts, they will clump and form crystals. And most significantly, these crystals tend to be deposited or cling to the joint areas. This commences the signs and symptoms of gout.

Gout Diet: What To Eat

Vitamin C Rich Foods. Consuming vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruits and vegetables is known to lower down one’s uric acid level. However, one needs to be cautious as it has also been found out that excessive vitamin C can shoot up the uric acid level. Consume vitamin C in moderate amounts and if possible, through natural means, instead of supplements.

Vegetables and Fruits. Needless to stay vegetables and fruits is on top of the gout diet. Vegetables like cabbage, carrots, potatoes, etc and fruits contain the least amount of protein and uric acid compared with meats and other legumes.

Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are easily digestible and do not contain rich amount of protein making it a great gout diet. Carb rich foods include pasta, breads and cereals.

White Meat. Protein, however should not be neglected as our body also needs amino acids to perform vital functions. Healthy and non-gout-triggering sources of protein may include white meat like fish and chicken.

Gout Diet: What NOT To Eat

Organ Meats. Organ meats, like liver, kidney, etc are immensely rich in purine and can trigger gouty attacks. However, you have to be cautious not only with organ meats but with meats in general because meats are rich in protein and purine.

Anchovies, Sardines and Mackerel. Although these may not look so rich in purine, these can trigger gouty attacks since we ingest them as a whole… indirectly, we take in the organs inside these fishes leading to a shoot up of uric acid level.

Alcohol. Alcohol has been found out to increase the level of blood uric acid, therefore, you have to take in alcohol only in small and therapeutic amounts.

Legumes and Beans. This includes lima beans, kidney beans, nuts, peas and spinach. In terms of gout diet, these foods are not totally restricted but can also be taken in moderate amounts.

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