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What To Eat If You Suffer From Gout

Feb 26, 2008
People will normally start to conduct research about gout after they have suffered an attack. They suffer a lot of pain in an attack and are looking for ways to stop this from happening. It is not long before the research tells them that the cause of the pain is their diet.

The first question that will come from sufferers of gout is "what is the best diet for me then?" and straight away will picture all of their favourite foods. Obviously none of us wish to give up eating our favourite foods but our long term health needs to come first.

The main thing that you think about is how on earth do you stop the pain that gout can cause. There are of course treatments that are able to stop the pain as a short term measure but you really need to think more about how to stop gout problems that may occur in the future. The fact is that gout is unlikely to improve without you taking steps to help yourself.

You need to start thinking about the long term solutions to your gout and the pain you are suffering as a result of it. Yes short term remedies are fine at first, but the real pain is caused by a build up of uric acid crystals in the joints. This can be solved by taking some steps to help in the long term, such as watching your diet and eating the correct foods.

Curing your gout is not a matter of changing your eating habits for a while, like anything that affects your health you need to make a conscious decision to change for the better for ever not just for now.

Ok so what kind of changes to your lifestyle do you need to make in order to make a difference to the severity of your gout attacks? One of the first things that you can easily do it to keep a record of what you eat. Carry a small notebook around with you and write down what you eat and when over the next two weeks. This will let you see exactly what you are eating and where you can make improvements to your eating habits.

Keep away from foods which contain high amounts of purines. The reason for this is that it causes your body to produce uric acid which as we know can crystallize and cause gout. Therefore this is one of the main things you can cut out of your diet.

Keep your diary for a further two weeks and see how many of these foods you have managed to cut out of your diet, as you reduce these foods and increase your intake of water you should see a decrease in your attacks of gout. I know your next question, Is there anything I can eat that will help my gout?
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It is a regular question asked by sufferers of gout, I have gout what can I eat? . I hear it a lot and it can be hard to answer because everyone is different and everyones gout symptoms and treatments can be different.
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