Gout is a form of arthritis that involves recurrent attacks of inflammation in the joints. It is usually found in the foot, which will be red, tender, hot, and swollen. It is generally caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood which can crystallize into painful shards that collect between the joints. Gout is generally treated with dietary changes including a weight loss plan and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
Research on diet has shown that there are number of foods that can be the causes of gout, which are all foods with high levels of purines. Purines are generally the cause of an increased level of uric acid in the blood. Purines are normally broken down by the kidneys into uric acid, and then they eliminate the acid from the body. Some foods that are rich in purines and must be avoided or monitored for those who have or have had gout include seafood, organ meats, and yeast, as well as alcoholic and sugary beverages. In general, foods that have a high fat content are high in purines, and should only account for no more than thirty percent of the daily calorie intake for those who are at risk of developing gout. Another cause of gout is poor kidney function, which prevents the kidneys from filtering out the uric acid. High blood pressure, hypothyroidism, genetics, gender, and age can all play a role in your likelihood of developing gout. There are also some medications and vitamins that are more likely to increase your uric acid levels or reduce your body’s ability to eliminate uric acid, which should all be discussed with your doctor should a case of gout occur.
One of the key ways to avoid developing this painful swelling in the joints is to maintain a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet. If you are overweight, it is ideal to work on developing a weight loss plan. Your weight loss plan should include a change in diet, as well as an exercise plan to reduce your weight. A protein-rich diet should not be considered if you are at risk of gout, as meats are one of the larger contributors to high levels of uric acid. You should also be sure to reduce your sugar intake, especially in drinks, and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You can also reduce your chances of having an outbreak of gout by talking to your doctor about any medications or vitamins you are taking that may increase your risk.