The Gout Diet Plan
If you have gout, it is recommended to have a gout diet plan. It is known that a gout is a painful form of arthritis that happens when too much uric acid builds up and forms crystals in your joints. For this reason, one of the things that may help you manage your gout is to control the number of certain foods you eat. Keep in mind that what you eat can affect how much uric acid your body produces.
Let’s Talk About Gout
It is a common type of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful. It usually affects one joint at a time. There are times when symptoms get worse, known as flares, and times when there are no symptoms, known as remission.
Gout flares start abruptly and can last days or weeks. These flares are followed by long periods of remission without any symptoms before another flare begins. This usually occurs in only one joint at a time. It is often found in the big toe. Along with the big toe, joints that are commonly affected are the lesser toe joints, the ankle, and the knee.
Symptoms in the affected joint may include:
- Pain, usually intense
What Can You Eat On The Gout Diet
Studies have shown that certain foods and drinks may help reduce uric acid in your body:
- Water. People who drink five to eight glasses of water a day are less likely to experience it’s symptoms. Water is also good for kidney health. Impaired kidney function is one factor that can contribute to it.
- Coffee. Drinking coffee daily can reduce uric acid levels by several means. It slows the breakdown of purine into uric acid and speeds the rate of excretion.
- Cherries. Scientists are currently researching the benefits of cherries and cherry juice for managing it’s symptoms. Cherries have known anti-inflammatory properties, and they may also help reduce uric acid in your body.
- Milk. Early research suggests that drinking skim milk speeds up the excretion of uric acid in your urine and also decreases your body’s inflammatory response to uric acid crystals in your joints.
On the other hand, several healthcare providers prefer to focus on general dietary guidelines rather than particular foods. They recommend that you:
- Enjoy grains (except oats). Rice, pasta, bread, and cereals are all gout-friendly. Beware of added high fructose corn syrup in packaged products, and choose whole grains to help control blood sugar.
- Change your protein sources. Certain meats and seafood are higher in uric acid, but if you eat a wide range and stay away from the worst offenders.
- Enjoy fruits and vegetables. Most are low in purines, but even the ones that are higher have not been shown to affect it’s symptoms.
How To Manage Gout Flares
Some ways to manage gout pain and swelling during an attack are:
- Avoid alcohol and food high in purines.
- Keep pressure off your joints.
- Elevate your affected joint.
- Use an icepack to keep your joints cool.
- Find ways to manage stress from the pain
- Keep your body hydrated by drinking water. If you have fluid restrictions because of kidney disease, talk to your doctor or dietitian about managing your fluid and gout.
Recommended medication for Gout:
- Colchicine – is an FDA-approved medication that belongs in a class of medications called anti-gout agents. It works by decreasing the symptoms of gouts. The drug interferes with the function of white blood cells and perpetuates the inflammatory response to monosodium urate crystals. This reduces inflammation and joint pain.