Gout is a form of arthritis that can cause sudden onset of inflammation, swelling, and pain usually in the big toe. Symptoms include burning, stiffness, and tenderness in the joints and tendons as well. It appears in random flares that are both severe and near-impossible to time—attacks can range from weekly to every other year. It wreaks havoc on the body, disrupts daily routines, and prevents you from living the lifestyle you desire, and it all begins with the level of uric acid in your blood.
Usually, having overly high levels of uric acid is relatively harmless. However, in this case, hard, rock-like substances are formed on the joints of the body.
Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening—like eating great gout foods! That’s right, ingesting certain foods can actually help, but beware of others that may hinder. Here’s what to avoid and what you should pile on your plate:
The uric acid levels in the blood are influenced by the foods we eat. Just as certain foods raise or lower our blood sugar levels, they also can affect and alter our acid levels.
Foods to avoid include meats, fish, and unhealthy fats. These can trigger the levels in your blood to rise, resulting in worsened symptoms. But a healthy diet is more than avoiding flare-foods, it also means incorporating meals that help your body stay healthy and strong. This means drinking lots of water each day—eight to sixteen glasses. Choose fruits and dark greens that are rich in nutrients. Caffeine lovers will be glad to know that coffee and chocolate are typically not linked to gout attacks, however alcohol should be avoided.
They key is to try and balance your plate. This will help make eating healthy an easy habit instead of a chore.
For more to chew on regarding gout and gout foods, contact Dr. Victoria Melhuish at (775) 783 – 8037, or visit us at Sierra Foot and Ankle in Gardnerville, NV.