Got Gout? What to Eat, What not to Eat!
Food is generally important for the body. The food you eat provides nutrients to keep your body strong and healthy. Gout is a disease that is caused by excess uric acid in the body. There are some foods which can help you manage gout. Foods that have complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and wholegrain and foods that are low in protein can be helpful in reducing* the symptoms of gout. Fatty acids found in fish such as salmon have anti-inflammatory effect and can be good to people who have gout. Other foods that can help in managing gout include low fat dairy products and berries. Berries contain chemicals that help in lowering the uric acid levels in the body and reduce* inflammation.
Foods which contain purine are not good for gout patients but some research has shown that some purine-rich foods do not increase* your risk of gout. These foods include spinach, mushroom, cauliflower, beans, and peas.
Purine-rich foods which have been linked with increased risk of gout include kidney, liver, anchovies, veal cream sauces and foods that contain trans fats.
Some foods form acids in the body when taken. These foods can trigger gout attacks. Examples of these foods include chocolate, coffee, pasta, white rice, jams, tea black, vinegar, pork, carbonated soft drinks, cakes and pastries.
After Having Gout, Do I Have to Change My Diet?
Changing your diet after having gout attack can help in reducing* the symptoms of gout such as pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Food That Cause Gout
Scallops are sea foods that are rich in purine. Purine is usually broken down into uric acid during digestion.
Taking more than 6 ounce of scallops can put you at risk of gout
2. Red Meat:
Red meat such as beef and pork contain higher purine compared to white meat.
High intake of red meat can put you at risk of gout.
3. Sugary Drinks:
Intake of beverages that contain syrup can increase* your weight and also produce a lot of uric acid during digestion.
Asparagus is a type of vegetable that contain high purine. Intake of asparagus should be minimised to avoid high levels of uric acid in the body.
Beer has purine that causes high levels of uric acid in the body.
Some research have shown that intake of beer can put you at higher risk of gout than taking sea foods and red meat.
While cauliflower is a healthy food generally, people who have gout should take it in minimal amounts. High intake of cauliflower can trigger gout flare-ups.
Some people take mushrooms as a meat replacement. Just like meat, mushrooms contain purine that can result to high levels of uric acid in the body.
Gout Diet to Avoid
Avoiding some diet can help in reducing* your chances of getting gout and also manage your gout. Limiting the intake of foods such as meat, poultry, and foods that contain sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup can help in reducing* the risk of gout.
How to Cure* Gout With Diet and Medication?
Gout can be managed by avoiding purine rich diet and taking medicine such as:
- Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) – Examples of these drugs include indomethacin, naproxen, ibuprofen, and celecoxib
- Corticosteroids – Patients who don’t respond to NSAIDs can use corticosteroids. Examples of corticosteroids drugs are prednisolone, methylprednisolone, and prednisone
- Allopurinol – This drug is commonly used to treat* chronic gout and prevent gout occurrence
- Colchicine – Colchicine is used to reduce* inflammation and treat* flare-ups. Colchicine can be taken in small amounts regularly or taken in large amounts for hours
- Probenecid – Probenecids help the kidney to excrete excess uric acid in the body
- Colbenemid – This drug has colchicine and probenecid which have anti-gout properties and uricosuric agents respectively
- Sulfinpyrazone – It reduces* the levels of uric acid in the body and prevents gout attack.
Other drugs that can be used in treating gout include losartan, analgesic painkillers, krystexxa, and uloric
Does Having Gout Diet Helps to Control the Production and Elimination of Uric Acid?
Gout diet does not cure* gout but helps in lowering the production of uric acid in the body and increase* the excretion of uric acid.
What Food Should I Eat to Lower My Uric Acid?
Fiber-rich food, vitamin C, antioxidant foods such as grapes, blueberries, red bell pepper and complex carbohydrates can lower the levels of uric acid in the body.
What Research Has Been Done for Sorting Out the Myths?
Research has shown that gout that is caused by genetic condition cannot be cured, it can only be managed. 90% of gout cases are caused by genetic condition. The research done oppose many websites which claim they have products that can cure* gout.
Another myth claims that gout is caused by ‘rich food’. Research has shown that diet is not the cause of gout but some diet can trigger gout attacks.
What Can People With Gout Do to Stay Healthy?
Taking medications as prescribed, drinking a lot of water and other fluids, avoiding foods that have purine, exercises, and going for check-ups to know your progress can help manage your gout and stay healthy.