Wednesday, June 29, 2016

7 simple tips to deal with gout

tips to deal with gout

Gout is an extremely painful inflammation of joints, especially of the big toe, caused by a metabolic defect resulting in the accumulation of uric acid in the blood and the deposition of urates around the joints. It is a type of arthritis that arises when there is too much uric acid in your body. When there is a buildup of uric acid, it can for crystals around important joints. These crystals are the cause of inflammation and often severe pain.

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Gout is usually seen as a chronic issue, but with a few simple lifestyle changes you can limit the effects severely. Below are some 7 simple lifestyle hacks and tips you can follow to effectively deal with gout.

1. Avoid trigger foods

Things like alcohol, anchovies and sardines, organ meats, spinach, cauliflower and legumes can increase your uric acid levels. So if you want to deal with gouts, you better avoid all of these foods.

2. Drink enough water

Water is a great way to cleans your system and make sure your uric acid levels become more balanced. It is recommended that you drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day.

3. Get rid of excess weight

Losing weight can be a big help with gout, as it reduces the risk of gout attacks and the severity of the pain on the joints. However, be careful not to lose weight too quickly, as this may cause kidney stones.

Therefore, don’t go on a crash diet, simply turn your everyday eating habits into healthy ones. Make sure to get plenty of healthy oils, like avocado and olive oil.

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4. When you have a gout attack, sit down

As soon as you get a gout attack, sit down and rest your joints. Even though you might think you should just power through it, this is the worst thing you can do. This causes the joints to become more inflamed.

5. Avoid certain foods

There are certain foods and drinks that cause our body to become more acidic, so the best advice would be to remove these from your diet, or at least cut back on them. These foods include:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Refined sugars
  • Refined Carbohydrates
  • Processed foods

6. Eat certain foods in moderation

There are some foods that are considered acidic, but they contain nutrients that the body needs, so they should not be cut from your diet completely. These foods include:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Oils (olive, avocado, and safflower oils)
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes

7. Include certain foods in your diet

Some foods may actually help keep your pH levels balanced, and should thus be included in your diet. These foods include:

Fruits like

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Melons
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Vegetables like
  • Lettuces
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Bell peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Cauliflower

With these 7 simple steps, then it is time to say bye bye to gout. Check out HEALTH STORE for some useful health products.



A Medical Microbiologist, Public health worker, blogger and artcle writer, and offcourse a fan of Manchester United football club