Gout prevention is as easy as following a low uric acid diet. This diet helps lower the body’s uric acid levels and reduces the risk of developing gout. What is uric acid? Uric acid is a by-product from the body’s metabolism. Purines are chemical compounds that can be found in the body and in food in varying amounts. Your kidneys work well when excess acid is removed from your body. This happens mainly through your urine but also through your stools.
- If the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, the uric acids can’t be processed properly and excess can remain in the bloodstream.
- Even if your kidneys work properly, if your body produces too much acid for your kidneys, then you will have excess uric acid in the blood. This can build up over time and cause uric acid crystals to form in your joints.
Uric Acid Diet
Reduce the intake of purines in your diet is one way to lower the amount of uric acids that your body produces. There are many foods that contain purines. We can reduce the amount of purines in our food and lower the amount of uric acids in our bloodstream by avoiding or reducing foods high in purines.
What foods should gout sufferers avoid, or at the very minimum, significantly reduce? These foods are high in purines and should be avoided. If this is not possible, you can reduce the amount of food you eat and the frequency you eat it. These foods are best avoided. These are just guidelines, as everyone is different. Some people can eat shellfish with no problems while others are at high risk for gout. The same goes for other foods. This is why it is important to identify your worst trigger foods. A food journal is a great way to do this. Once you have identified the worst foods that are harmful to your metabolism, then you can eliminate them completely.
What To Eat?
Now that you have a list of foods you should avoid or reduce your intake of, what low-purine foods are you allowed to eat? Essential fatty acids such as nuts, seeds, flaxseed. Some fish, such as small amounts of tuna or salmon, are good sources of essential fatty acids.
For fruits, cherries, blueberries, grapes, blueberries and pineapple are all great choices. Green leafy vegetables like parsley and cabbage are great for vegetables. It is important to stay hydrated. Crystals are more difficult to form when you are well-hydrated. In hot weather, drink at least 3 litres of fluid per day.