An ancient and complex form of arthritis, gout can affect absolutely anyone. It is more common amongst men compared to women. The symptoms include swelling, decreased mobility, inflammation, redness and joint pain in the ankles, feet, wrists, knees or hands.
An attack can appear anytime, without any warning, waking people up in the middle of the night with sensations of pain.
The good news is that this condition is treatable and one can decrease its severity by modifying ones diet and omitting certain foods that are known to cause flare ups.
Below listed are a few foods that you should avoid if you wish to keep the condition at bay.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
This component is present in many modern day sweet foods such as sodas, ice creams, breakfast cereals and sports drinks too. The condition of gout is caused by what is known as hyperuricemia, which is a build up of uric acid in blood. HFCS prevents the kidneys from expelling the uric acid that builds up in the blood and it starts building up inside your body.
When you consume foods that are high in purine, you tend to flare gout attacks. A chemical compound found in many foods, causes a build up of uric acid in the body. Foods that contain high purine levels include grouse, mutton, bacon, turkey, salmon, pheasant, goose, trout, haddock and partridge.
Over and above high content of HFCS, processed foods contain a number of preservatives and additives, which make food nutritionally deficient, which leads to the risk of various disease. Staying away from processed foods is helpful if one wants to prevent gout flare ups.
Alcohol not only leads to the build up of uric acid in the blood, but it also hinders the kidneys capacity to excrete it, because if the kidney’s focus on treating the alcohol. This leads to a continuation in the build up of uric acid in the body.
What should you eat!
Well, there are indeed things that you can eat to control the problem as well as keep it away.
Consume a diet that is low in purine levels, one which helps lower uric acid levels as apposed to leads to causing a build up. Choose to eat legumes and beans, these are high protein and consuming these high protein sources can help you meet the requirement that you need daily for protein.
Foods that you should include in your daily diet include: lentils, beans, legumes, quinoa, sweet potato, whole grains, spinach, other leafy greens, mushrooms, cauliflower, asparagus, peas and other vegetables that are high fiber. The good news about eating vegetables is that they are low on calories and help control your weight as well. Foods that are rich in Vitamin C as well are a good addition to your diet, include berries and other Vitamin C foods for a gout ridden life.
Consume lots of water. An increase in the intake of water has proven to give way to fewer gout attacks. Take care of your weight. People who are heavy, are more susceptible to gout attacks. Exercise and stay fit to avoid the pain that is caused by flare ups, keep your body strong and healthy. Go easy on your joints, don’t overdo the exercise.
Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or get in touch with a Homeopath to learn how you can avoid flare ups by following a healthy and natural lifestyle.