Gout is a type of arthritis that arises when there is too much uric acid in your body. But what causes this and how can Gout be treated?
In the past, gout has been believed to be caused by eating too much red meat and seafood, and consuming too much alcohol. Thus, the treatment for the gout was to eliminate food that contained higher amounts of purine. This eliminated many types of food and limited the food that one could still eat.
However, recent studies have shown that not all foods that contain purine cause gout. These studies have also shown that there are certain foods that help manage the uric acid levels in the body, and in doing so, preventing or treating gout.
The Gout Diet
The goal will be to maintain the correct levels of chemicals in the body to ensure all levels are in balance, as well as maintaining a good, healthy body weight.
- Weight loss: Losing weight helps lower the body’s uric acid levels even before a low-purine diet has been followed.
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- Complex carbs: To help lower uric acid levels, you must eat more complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) and less refined carbohydrates ( candy, cake, white bread)
- Water: Staying hydrated helps lower the chances of gout. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day (Excluding other fluids such as cold drinks or coffee)
- Fats: Eat less saturated fats (red meats, fatty poultry and high-fat dairy products).
- Proteins: Eat less meat and fish proteins, (100 to 170 grams per day), and more low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
Recommendations for specific foods or supplements:
- High-purine vegetables: Studies have shown that it is not harmful to add fruits and vegetables that are high in purine to your diet. High purine vegetables include: asparagus, peas, mushrooms and cauliflower.
- Organ and glandular meats: Avoid meats such as liver and kidney. These contain high purine levels which worsen the affect of gout.
- Selected seafood: Steer clear of the following types of seafood: anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, haddock, mackerel and tuna.
- Alcohol: Alcohol consumption increases uric acid levels in your body. Beer, red wine and certain distilled liquors are the main suspects in gout attacks.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C may help lower uric acid levels in the body.
- Coffee: Although some people believe that coffee causes gout, studies have shown that normal caffeinated coffee may in fact help lower the risk of gout.
- Cherries: Studies show that eating cherries can likely reduced risk of gout attacks.
- Manna PH Balance: The Manna PH Balance supplement helps excrete excess uric acid from the body to help relief gout symptoms and to help prevent future gout attacks.