Naturally Control Your Gout
The majority of people can eat whatever they want and not have to worry about gout. Their kidneys do a good job of filtering out the uric acid that is in their blood. If you have had a gouty attack or if you have high uric acid levels, then your kidneys do not filter out uric acid well, and a few diet and lifestyle changes can make a big difference!
When talking about changes to help prevent gout, I like to break it up into two categories: habits to avoid, because they tend to set off gout. Habits to develop, because they help prevent gouty attacks.
Habits to Avoid
Foods to avoid include alcohol, red meats, organ meats (like kidney and liver), seafood, and sugar-sweetened drinks. There is some controversy regarding nuts, some experts say eating nuts will increase purine levels and set off gout, others say they do not. Interestingly, total protein consumption and eating vegetables high in protein does not set off gout.
Habits to Develop
1. Staying Hydrated. Dehydration can make it for likely for the uric acid to crystallize.
2. Getting to a Healthy Weight. Eating 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and getting to a healthy weight can dramatically lower uric acid levels and decrease the chances of gout.
3. High Dose Vitamin C. Studies show that taking 1,500 mg of vitamin C per day decreases the risk of gout by 45%, when compared to taking 250 mg per day.
4. Coffee. Drinking coffee is associated with decreased risk of gout.
5. Dairy. Regular dairy consumption is associated with decreased risk of gout.
6. Becoming Physically Fit. Improving your lean body mass (meaning loosing fat, gaining muscle) decreases the risk of gout.