We all know the old saying “prevention is better than cure”. This is very apt for the case of gout, an inflammatory condition that occurs due to the increased amount of uric acid in your body. The buildup of uric acid is caused by the breakdown of purines by your body. When you take high amounts of purines, the uric acid buildup will be increased.
People with gout often experience severe pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. We cannot control some of the factors that cause gout attacks. However, there are many other gout triggers that we can easily control.
Here are some of the gout triggers you need to avoid for alleviating gout symptoms.
When you drink alcohol of any kind, it decreases the ability of your kidneys to filter the uric acid and it will result in the build-up of uric acid crystals around your joints. Most people in the United States drink beer, which is very high in purines. Regular consumption of beer or any other form of alcohol can increase the risk of gout attacks. Therefore, try to limit your alcohol consumption if you are undergoing gout treatment.
Eating High-Purine Foods
Foods that are high in purines are one of the major triggers of gout attacks. However, you should note that high-purine foods are not the underlying cause of gout. When you eat foods that are high in purines, it increases the uric acid levels in your body and it may lead to the development of gout. Shellfish, red meat, beer, etc. are some of the high-purine foods.
Being overweight is one of the highest risk factors for gout. The blood pressure is often very high in people who are overweight and it can cause high levels of uric acid. If you try to lose weight, it can help reduce the uric acid levels in your body and thereby reduces gout attacks.
One other risk factor of gout is dehydration. This is because our body removes excess uric acid through urine. When you are dehydrated, the excess uric acid in your body is not properly removed. Therefore, you should drink enough water daily to stay hydrated.
Most sugary drinks contain high fructose corn syrup that increases the uric acid levels in your body. if you are at risk of developing gout, you should switch to diet soda and completely avoid drinks that contain high fructose corn syrup.