Foods To Avoid With Gout
It is generally thought that foods high in Purines and high in protein can significantly increase your risk of gout. Gout is caused by excess Uric acid within the body which is made by breaking down Purines. Therefore it’s naturally better for you to avoid Purine rich foods. Foods to avoid with gout include anchovies, sardines, liver, kidneys and meat extracts found in broths and gravy as well as beer and other yeast consumables.
Do not consider eliminating all Purine foods from your diet that is not recommended. Instead only try to reduce your Purine food intake to get the most benefits. There are also other foods you can consider when trying to tackle gout on the dietary side of things. Dark berries for instance can lower uric acid levels and reduce general inflammation. You can also substitute Tofu for meat in some of your meals. You can also try using olive oil or eating salmon sometimes as these are known to be anti-inflammatory food stuffs.
It is recommended that people who are suffering from gout eat a balanced diet that includes moderate amounts of all food groups; there are no particular foods to avoid with gout, only foods to reduce your intake of. It has been noted that generally, people who suffer from gout have a higher sugar intake than those who do not and it has been suggested that high sugar foods can increase your uric acid levels along with alcohol.
Meat and dairy products in particular seem to have an effect on the inflammation of gout due to a high content of fatty acids which aggravate inflammations. There has been some scientific study of this on arthritis sufferers where a fat free diet was introduced over a period of seven weeks. Within one week results were visible and at the end of the study some patients claimed that symptoms were nonexistent whilst on the diet whereas they quickly returned when they went back to their usual diet.
Always go and see your doctor before making a drastic change of diet to seek expert medical advice about how this diet can affect you and if it’s right for you. Your doctor will be able to recommend a healthy diet that suits your needs and your body’s requirements. Or for more specialist information you can arrange to see a nutritionist who will have in-depth knowledge about dietary food stuffs and how they affect your body.
If you prefer, you can keep a record of your diet and symptom changes in a food diary to find out which foods to avoid with gout. This is a long process that requires you to only change minute things at a time. If you change five foods at once for instance, and start to feel better you will not know which one it was. Similarly if you don’t experience any change it could be that one food type benefits you and one hinders you and it’s difficult to know which foods are beneficial.