When you say “go on a gout diet” you simply mean reducing or eliminating completely from your daily intake the food which can set off gout pains. Foods loaded with purines are high on this list. So are foods dense in fat and protein-rich, especially if these come from animals. Foods loaded with sugar are also on the no-no list.
If you are the typical carnivorous type, you may find it difficult to do without red meat. This is usually the case with the average gout patient. But you do not have to totally give meat up. You will just have to substitute pork and beef with chicken and fish. Fish is especially good, especially the kind that is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. These pork and beef substitutes are not only for gout, but they are also more heart-friendly.
Not all kinds of seafood are problem-free. Some patients say that when they take in crab, herring, anchovies and other similar seafood, especially in huge amounts, their joints start to swell and become painful. It pays to be watchful so that you do not suffer the same thing. Eating in moderation is always a sound idea. Be observant so that you can readily tell which foods are more likely to cause an attack in your particular case.
“Going on a gout diet” also refers to eating the right kind of food – foods which help counter the effects of gout. You are encouraged to load up op on fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those who are organically grown, as well as high-fiber whole grains and foods which register minute or zero amounts of fat.
Like the seafood thing, though, there are also some exceptions to the rule. Some patients find that asparagus and mushrooms may trigger attacks, probably because they are dense in purines. Be careful don’t take too much of these vegetables.
You are also well-advised to take in as much liquid as you can. Pure unadulterated water is recommended rather than colas or other sweet and highly flavored drinks. Water helps stop crystals from forming in the joints. Alcoholic drinks which cause the body to retain rates are also discouraged. On the up side, a glass of red wine is said to bring down the amount of uric acid that the body maintains. Coffee in moderation is also said to have the same effect.
Nutritionists like to give patients suffering from gout-specific information about the food that they should eat. They are likely to push complex carbohydrates the likes of whole grains, pasta, and bread made from whole wheat, potatoes, as well as unpolished brown rice. Fruits, especially citrus ones, are highly recommended. Cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and grapes are included in this line-up. So are vegetables, especially green and leafy ones; cabbage, parsley, and celery lead this particular group. Dairy produce – yogurt, milk, and cheese — can be included as long as they are not heavy with fat.
Making the necessary changes in lifestyle habits may be called for. Making the jump may take some period of adjustment. It may be a tad difficult initially. In time, however, you are likely to feel accustomed to closely monitoring what you eat and drink. And it is highly possible that you will feel better and be a lot more energetic because of the healthy changes that you have made.
Medications are of course always available if you want to take this course of action. This is, however, not recommended for long-term use. Adverse side effects may be felt if meds are taken for extended periods of time. You also have to remember that once you stop taking the drugs, the symptoms are likely to recur.2016-08-06