Inflammation of the joints can be painful no matter what type of arthritis you have. When it starts limiting your life and keeping you from doing the activities you love, that’s when something has to be done. Along with the proper treatment, medication plan, and natural daily joint supplements, you’ll want to closely monitor your diet if you suffer from gout. Gout is a build up of needle-sharp uric acid crystals. If gout affects your life, the foods you do and don’t eat will have a significant impact on your flare-ups and joint pain. To make sure you stay informed about which foods you should avoid with gout we’ve complied a list for you.
Purines are colorless crystallized compounds that are metabolized into uric acid. Therefore, you should try to avoid foods high in purines to decrease the buildup of uric acid. Some examples or foods high in purines include: kidney, liver, sweetbread, turkey, fish eggs and caviar, sardines, anchovies, gravy, and goose just to name a few.
We don’t recommend that you avoid vegetables all together, but some have higher purine content than others. Mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, and asparagus are all high in purines. Eat these foods sparingly and fill your diet with other healthy veggies.
3. High fructose fruit
Fructose is what gives fruits their natural sweetness. Research has shown a correlation between gout symptoms and food high in fructose. These fruits include: pears, plums, grapes, peaches, prunes, and dates. We recommend limiting these fruits to one or two cups a day.
Studies say that acute attacks of gout are often triggered by overindulgence in alcohol. Beer increases your uric acid levels and makes it harder for your body to clear uric acid from its system. Some research says drinking wine in moderation is better, but most doctors say during a flare-up you should abstain from alcohol completely.
5. Red meat
Red meat is in the high purine category and should be avoided if possible. These meats include: beef, pork, and lamb. As an alternative we suggest trying white-meat poultry or tofu.
6. Dairy products high in fat
Full-fat dairy products like heavy cream and whole milk are discouraged for people with gout. However, some studies suggest incorporating dairy products like cheese and yogurt that are low in fat, into your diet may actually reduce your risk of gout. The best option then, is to choose dairy products that are low in fat. Fortunately, there are many low fat ice creams and other products on the market.
Gout may make your life uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to become unmanageable. By monitoring your diet and making good food choices you can try your best to avoid flare-ups and joint pain. As a complement to a healthy diet, all natural joint supplements can help with pain relief and inflammation you may experience from gout. If you are unsure which type of joint supplement is for you, we can help. Download our free eBook How To Choose The Right Joint Supplement by clicking below.