As a type of arthritis, gout is a condition that results in the gathering of uric acid crystals within one (or more) of the body’s joints; generally forming in the big toe. Having said that, gout can also develop on a person’s knees and hands as well.
University Health News revealed that uric acid is produced when a person’s body breaks down a substance that organically occurs within human tissue, referred to as purines. Generally, purines disperse via a person’s blood and then transfers into the kidney’s through urine; however, those with gout create a build up of uric acid which forms sharp crystals within the space of one’s joint. The end result? Intense pain and swelling within the joints affected. These areas start to feel hot, turn red, and hurt tremendously, especially to the touch.
Of course, purines lays within a variety of food, which is why those who suffer with the condition are often told to follow what is called the “gout diet”; refraining from specific food items that can not only bring relief to the pain that this illness brings, but also helps to avoid any further complications.
Having said that, gout is often referred to as the “arthritis of kings” or “disease of kings” because it is linked to those who consume high amounts of alcohol or meat. Therefore, diet plays a key role when it comes to the condition, and past research has also indicated that drinking plenty of skim milk or water can help avoid gout symptoms in the long run.
Below are three key foods to refrain from if you suffer from gout:
Sugary Beverages: When a person is dehydrated, it becomes that much more difficult for the kidneys to excrete uric acid. Therefore, it is advised that those who suffer from gout drink more water (see above), and less beverages with a high-sugar content. If you are one who loves to indulge in soda, try and reach for a can as a “treat” now and again, or switch to a diet version of your favorite cola as these drinks are not linked to an increased risk of gout.
Alcohol and Beer: While an increased consumption of alcohol in general is linked to gout, beer tends to bring this condition on because of its high levels of yeast.
The Purine Factor: As mentioned above, purines are key determinants in gout, and there are plenty of foods that have this substance within.
For those who suffer from this condition, it’s important to stay away from foods high in purine, which include: “game” meats like venison; organ meats like sweetbreads, hearts, liver, kidneys, and brains; fish meats such as anchovies, herring, sardines, mackerel, cod, trout, scallops, haddock, and mussels; and other meats such as turkey and veal. Then there are foods that lie on the moderate-level spectrum when it comes to purines. These foods don’t necessarily need to be eliminated from a person’s diet, but should be eaten in moderation only. They are: green peas, asparagus, kidney beans, cauliflower, spinach, lima beans, and mushrooms; meats such as ham, duck, beef, pork; fish meats like oysters, shrimp, and crabs; as well as oats, bran (and wheat germ), plus whole-grains cereals and breads.
It’s important to note that while avoiding certain foods can help with gout symptoms, taking prescribed medication outlined by your doctor (as directed) is also vital to easing the pain that is related to this condition.Advertisement