Wednesday, December 2, 2009

You Mean What I Eat Causes Gout - That's Just Great

Gout is a terrible condition, but it may be controlled by eating healthily, and hold ing a healthy lifestyle. Gout occurs when the body produces excessive uric acid, that is created when the body metabolises purine. If a food has moderate levels of purine the body has no problem disposing of the uric acid, it is the purine rich foods that you have to watch out for.

If you are trying to alleviate the symptoms of gout these are the foods that you need to avoid as they are exceptionally high in purine; offal, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, scallops, fish roe, red meats, kidney, liver, pulses( i.e. lentils and peas), yeast and shell fish.

The following foods contain a moderate amount of purine, so these may be taken in moderation: Whole grain breads and cereal, fresh fish, saltwater fish, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, oatmeal, asparagus, poultry and eggs.

Gout sufferers must ensure their diet includes fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds and grains. They should also consume low fat cheese, tea, coffee, and nuts because these foods and drinks are low in purine.

Some people recommend gout sufferers eat cherries, strawberries and blackberries. Berries that are dark in color are believed to be rich in chemicals which assist to reduce the levels of uric acid in the blood.

Gout sufferers should lower alcohol intake at all costs, and they need to drink sufficient of fluids, particularly water because these fluids help the body to eliminate uric acid, and this stops it from building up in the blood stream.

Since gout is more prevalent in the obese and overweight, it is recommended which some one who is overweight follows an exercise plan. However avoid sudden weight loss because this can actually increase the levels of uric acid in the body.

Following these simple steps, along with taking medication will reduce the risk of further gout attacks.

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