Most people have heard of gout, but few know what it is.
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid building up in the body.
Uric acid forms when the body breaks down purines found in some foods.
Most of the time, uric acid goes through the kidneys and is passed in our urine. When we have too much for the kidneys to handle, it can build up and travel to our joints.
This causes pain, stiffness and swelling.
There are many factors that can put you at risk for gout, including being overweight or taking diuretics.
Gout also runs in families.
Gout flare-ups are treated with medicine and rest, but there are many ways that you can reduce the chances of having an attack in the first place.
Many of the best gout preventions have to do with food. If you have gout, there are foods you should stay away from and foods you should eat.
9 Food Fixes for Gout
1. Eat plenty of complex carbs.
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients and help you keep your weight down. Here’s a good list of carbs you should be eating.
2. Drink lots of of water.
Studies show that when people with gout drink 8 to 16 glasses of water a day, they have fewer attacks.
3. Eat lean proteins or plant based proteins.
Look to foods like Greek yogurt (I like Fage 0%) or almond milk. These increase the excretion or uric acid.
Protein can also come from lean meat, fish and poultry, but no more than 4 to 6 ounces per day. Stay away from high-fat red meats, fatty poultry and organ meats like liver.
4. Understand Purines.
Some foods that contain purines are safe, especially beans or lentils which have lots of protein. High-purine vegetables like asparagus, spinach, and cauliflower are good for you too.
HOME REMEDY FOR GOUT
Mix 1 Teaspoon of raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s Brand is best) in 1 cup of water.
Drink 3 times daily.
5. Avoid seafood that has high levels of purines.
These include sardines, scallops, tuna, anchovies and herring.
6. Avoid Beer and liquors like rum, whiskey and vodka.
These increase uric acid production. Wine does not.
Alcohol also can also lead to dehydration, so it is probably best to cut back or cut it out completely.
7. Get more Vitamin C.
Vitamin C has been shown to lower uric acid levels, so add foods like grapefruit, red peppers and oranges to your daily diet.
8. Snack on cherries.
Some studies have shown that eating cherries or cherry juice concentrate twice a day can cut the risk of having a flare-up of gout by 50%.Tweet
Scientists think that the cherries reduce uric acid levels.
9. Pour Another Cup of Java.
Drinking 4 to 5 cups of caffeinated coffee has been shown to lower the risk of gout attacks by 40%. And drinking 6 or more cups lowered the risk by 59%.
I don’t recommend drinking that much coffee as it can disrupt your adrenals. I personally drink one cup of coffee per day. Also, make sure you only drink organic.
One of the biggest risk factors for gout is obesity. Weight loss improves insulin resistance and lowers uric acid levels in the blood.
Eating a healthy diet and adding moderate exercise can go a long way towards improving your health and lowering your risk of gout attacks.
Yours in Health,
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