What Should I and Shouldn’t I Eat With Gout?

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When speaking of diseases, that cause the worst sensation of pain—probably, GOUT will make it to the A-list. This is not an exaggeration—gout is really one of the most painful diseases that one can suffer from that even the touch of the wind can make a person writhe in pain. Insomnia, inability to move and limited motion of the affected areas, heat and inflammation—these are just a few of the discomforts associated with gout that can make you curse for pain.

Gout is primarily caused by the body’s inability to properly metabolize protein. Perhaps the term blood uric acid (BUA) may ring a bell. BUA or blood uric acid is the diagnostic test that most commonly pinpoints this certain condition. Uric acid levels in a person with gout is high because the body is not able to metabolize, absorb and get rid of it.

When a person’s BUA level is raised on the roof, it is presumed that there is a crystallization of uric acid in the bloodstream. Such crystals will be deposited into the body’s small joints like that of the big toe, fingers, etc. In such instance, these joints will exhibit redness, pain, swelling and heat that even the slightest force or pressure will cause extreme pain.

Since protein metabolism is faulty, one can prevent the attacks of gout by means of modifying how one takes in food. Foods low in purine and those which can easily be digested and metabolized are those commonly encouraged to be eaten for patients with gout.

Food For Gout: What Should I Eat?

Berries have been well known to treat gout effectively. This includes strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and grapes. This may be due to the antioxidant properties that these berries contain.

Foods rich in vitamin C have also been found to be effective in relieving gout signs and symptoms. In order to supply yourself with enough protein, you can eat chicken meat, as well as broiled fish.

Also, for gout patients, elimination of wastes is of great importance because uric acid comes out with our urine. As such, about ten to sixteen glasses of water (2-4 liters) daily should be a goal to promote excretion of wastes.

Food For Gout: What SHOULDN’T I Eat?

First thing to remember in preventing gout is to lower your purine intake. What foods are purine rich? These foods include organ meats and red meats. Organ meats include liver, lungs, heart and brain—so if you are fond of these “exotic” foods, be sure to steer away from eating them. Red meats include beef, among others, as well as pork.

It is not also true that all fruits and vegetables are advised in patients with gout. There is always an exception to the rule and this exception includes   cranberries, oranges and tomatoes.

Similarly, foods like mackerel, anchovies, gravy and broth are contraindicated in large amounts for patients with gout. These foods may be taken but only in moderation.

Alcohol is known to increase uric acid levels so definitely, it should be out of the diet. But taking few amounts can also be beneficial. Just don’t engage too much in it.



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