Gout is a type of arthritis which is caused by accumulation of uric acid in the body. This build-up results in formation of uric acid crystals in the joints and in the area around them. Inflammation and pain in joints usually follows as a result of this formation.
It is very likely that your doctor will prescribe you Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s) or other medications to lower the urate levels if you have gout.
These medications usually have various negative side effects, so if you don’t want to risk, try a natural solution instead. Check out our recommendation:
It’s All About The P’s: Purines And Proteins
Two of the five bases in nucleic acids, adenine and guanine, are purines which are essential in the body. Purines are easily turned into uric acid, so we need to avoid eating foods rich in purines. Some of the richest sources of purines include organ meat, red meat, herring, salmon, sardines and other oily fish. Plants which are rich in purines are: lentils, peas and beans.
The risk of developing gout is affected by the amount of alcohol you drink. Port and red wine have been heavily associated with gout for a long time. But, according to a 2004 study published in the Lancet, beer increased the risk of gout more than other alcoholic beverages.
The body is not able to use fructose directly, so it has to turn it into glucose prior using it as fuel source. Uric acid is produced along the way, which then contributes to high uric acid levels that interfere with the production of nitric oxide, a compound that promotes stable blood pressure levels. Another problem with fructose is that it is actually converted into LDL, which is then stored as fat.
Be aware that this is not connected to the fructose in fruit. In contrary, the fiber in fruits slows down the absorption and doesn’t create any problems in the body.
Food & Drink For Preventing & Reversing Gout
- Prunes form acid naturally, but they are very effective in metabolizing uric acid out of the body.
- Prepare some smoothie in the morning. Use the following ingredients: pineapple, cherries, apple, pear, ginger and chlorella.
- Start consuming more pineapples and cherries which are amazing for releasing excess uric acid out of the system. Cherry juice which is low in sugar is a good option too.
- All kinds of berries: bilberries, blackberries or blueberries are very helpful in reducing uric acid levels due to their high flavonoid content.
- Eat more fruits and veggies, like brown rice, celery, sweet potatoes and amaranth.
- Don’t forget to drink plenty of water on a daily basis.
What foods should you avoid if you have gout?
- Avoid foods high in purine and proteins: oily fish, chicken, crab and shellfish, lentils, porridge, kidney beans and yeast-based drinks like Bovril
- Avoid cheese, beet and meat.
- Cut down full fat cheeses.