Gout Diet Tips- Prevention and Management
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes pain and swelling of the big toe; and sometimes the ankle or knee.
Gout occurs when there is a high level of uric acid in the blood which causes needle-like crystals to form around a joint. These crystals are what cause the pain. “Uric acid is produced when the body breaks down a chemical called purine. Purine occurs naturally in your body but it’s also found in certain foods. Uric acid is eliminated from the body in [your] urine.”
It can be managed with medication and maintaining a balanced healthy diet. Follow these tips to help manage and prevent another gout occurrence.
Foods to avoid:
-Organ and glandular meats such as, liver, kidney and sweetbreads, which are very high in uric acid.
-Select seafood’s that contain higher amounts of purine, such as, anchovies, sardines, mussels, trout and tuna.
-Alcohol. The metabolism of alcohol is thought to raise the uric acid production.
-Sugary foods & refined carbohydrates
Foods to limit:
-Oatmeal, wheat bran and wheat germ
-Select Vegetables: asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms and green peas
-Select proteins: poultry, fish, beans
-Meat soups and broths
Foods to use as desired:
-Coffee. It may help reduce your gout risk, so enjoy as much as you’d like.
-Fruits, especially Cherries, are shown to reduce gout attacks.
-Vegetable soups and stocks
-Weight loss. A lower calorie diet is always beneficial and the reduction in weight is good for your joints.
-Complex carbohydrates- breads & cereal, rice.
-Low fat dairy, shown to aid in the excretion of uric acid.
-Nuts & peanut butter
-Soda and tea
For a list of purine levels in the foods you enjoy, click here.
To help you navigate your gout diet, visit our Pinterest page for a few gout friendly recipes.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of gout, or have a painful toe, call Dr. Hollander for an evaluation. You don’t need to be uncomfortable anymore! (707) 578-1222.
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