Gout is a serious disease that will bring about intolerable pain to whoever it attacks. Just imagine waking up one morning in extreme pain and seeing your big toe double up or even triple up in size. So sensitive that even the weight of the sheet gives you unbearable pain. How are you going to go to your doctor if you’re feeling like that?
Although most cases are hereditary in nature, our diet also plays a significant role in inducing gout attacks. Depending on your doctor’s diagnosis, a gout diet may be advised in order to prevent another gout attack. Doctor’s usually prescribe a gout diet that is high on water intake, vegetable protein and dairy products.
Diet Tips For Gout Prevention
- Lessen consumption of high purine foods like liver, sweetbreads, kidney, legumes, anchovies, herring, sardines in oil etc…
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages – Alcohol slows down the excretion of uric acid and causes dehydration, which aids in the formation of uric acid crystals.
- Increase you water intake – Water helps in cleansing your body and will make you urinate more. Uric acid is disposed off in our urine.
- Fresh Fruits – Fruits most especially cherrie helps reduce the risk of gout. Cherry’s have highest amount of anthocyanins that reduces inflammation and swelling in joints. Many patients who added cherry juice in their diet have experienced less pain and inflammation. Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, oranges and bananas also help lower blood urid acid and reduce inflammation.
- Foods that are rich in vitamin C are also highly recommended for gout sufferers such as Papaya, Potateos, Melons, Mangoes, Guava, Greens, Citrus Fruits, Cabbage, Broccoli, Yams and Cauliflower.
Not only is Vitamin C a great anti-oxidant that protects our body from diseases, it is also considered to be a gout cure since Vitamin C increases urinary excretion of uric acid and with regular intake of Vitamin C you will be able to gradually reduce the level of uric acid in your blood.
Clinical studies showed that between 500mg and 8g of Vitamin C per day gradually reduces the level of uric acid in our blood therefore also reducing the likelihood of a gout attack. However, in some cases increased dosage of Vitamin C may actually induce gout attacks, so it is advisable to consult your doctor before adding Vitamin C in your gout diet.
Our diet plays a significant role in our overall well being, therefore having a proper diet be it to prevent gout or not is highly advisable. Why wait for a disease to inflict us before taking care of our bodies?