Gout is a medical condition that is the result of an overabundance of uric acid in the body. The reason for this can be pointed to the increased production of uric acid or the lowered ability of the body to safely breakdown uric acid.
Some of the symptoms that point to gout include swelling and inflammation at the joints, especially at the ankles and the joint at the big toe- it is mostly small joints in the extremities that are affected.
How can you find relief and even reverse the effects of gout on yourself? Let us find out.
Change Your Diet
Your diet plays a paramount role and factors into how susceptible you are to ailments and diseases. In the case of gout, adjusting your diet is a way of lowering the acute gout attacks that you experience.
Some of the common dietary changes that you can bring about include:
- Reduce the intake of alcohol, with special mentions to beer. If possible, cut it out entirely.
- Drink in plenty of fluids, such as water and fruit juices that will help in flushing out toxins safely from your body.
- Reduce the intake of foods that are rich in purine. These include the likes of organ meats such as kidney, oily fish such as sardines and sweetbread.
- Move away from animal meats and instead meet your protein demands by means of going for plant protein-rich foods like beans and legumes.
- Make sure that your diet is rich in carbs, such as fruits and whole-grain bread. Switch to brown bread.
- Limit the intake of sugary sweets.
Pack On Anti-Oxidants
A must in gout treatment includes having plenty of anti-oxidant- rich foods. The best way to know which of them are rich in anti-oxidants is to look out for dark-colored fruits such as blueberries, raspberries and grapes. Make sure that you add in bell peppers and other colored vegetables. The rule is simple: the more your plate resembles a rainbow, the more anti-oxidant-rich things are.
Make sure to consume reasonable levels of Vitamin C, as these help in lowering the uric acid levels. The stressed word here is ‘reasonable’- if you take more vitamin C than needed, it will end up having the opposite effect and lead to an increase in the uric acid levels in the body.
The Final Note
Making subtle changes in the diet can help you get an upper hand over gout, and possibly even win the war against it!