But there is one natural way that all gout sufferers need to seriously consider, and that is diet. It doesn’t matter what remedies your are taking, drugs or natural, you need to address your dietary position if you’re serious about getting rid of gout.
Your gout is caused by uric acid crystals in your joint which form when you have high uric acid in your blood. And uric acid is produced by ‘purines’ breaking down in your body, so that purines play a very important role in your gout.
Purines are chemical compounds that exist naturally in your body and in the food you eat. They are part of the metabolizing process that provides you with your energy and protein requirements, as well as other benefits. So they are very important to you.
How does high uric acid occur in your blood? Normally, your kidneys process and then flush excess uric acid out of your body, leaving relatively low levels that are also beneficial to your body, your blood vessels in particular.
But, for various reasons, they sometimes cannot do this effectively enough, so that more uric acid is retained in your body, leading to high uric acid in the blood. So you really need to reduce your uric acid levels if you want to eliminate your gout.
But you saw above that purines produce uric acid, and that purines also exist in your food. So that purines in your food are contributing to your high acid levels. Therefore, your diet becomes extremely important in terms of getting rid of your gout.
You see, some foods have higher concentrations of purines than others. So you need to be able to distinguish those that are high in purines and those that have relatively low purine concentrations.
As rule of thumb, foods high in protein are generally higher in purines. The following food types need to be avoided; game, fatty red meat, offal, gravy, poultry, fish, shellfish, dried legumes, yeast, and alcohol (especially beer).
Foods that are relatively low in purines and can be consumed are; low-fat dairy products, essential fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, foods high in vitamin c, green leafy vegetables (not cauliflower, spinach or asparagus), fruit, and drink plenty liquids.
But even withing these food groups there are variances that you need to be aware of. For example, some people can eat some shrimps without any problems, whereas they can trigger a gout attack in others. You need to discover what your diet should look like by experimentation. And keeping a daily food diary is a great way to do this.
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