What Gout Foods Should I Avoid?
Gout sufferers need to follow a gout diet, as certain foods can only make their condition worse. This article will explain why you need a diet for gout and which foods you should avoid. Gout is caused when uric acid crystals build up in your joints. It can happen in any joint, but the biggest toe is the most common. Gout is caused by your body’s inflammatory reaction to them. swelling, redness, heat, inflammation, stiffness, and excruciating pain. These crystals are formed from high levels of uric acid found in your bloodstream.
Uric acid is actually a byproduct from the breakdown of chemical compounds called ‘purines, which are found in our cells and food cells. Your kidneys work to remove excess uric acid from your body. If there is too much uric acids being produced or if your kidneys don’t remove it fast enough, uric acids build up in your bloodstream, leading to elevated levels. This can lead to uric acid crystals, and eventually gout.
As you can see, purines are the main cause of uric acids production. Your goal as a gout victim should be to lower your blood uric levels. You also know that purines are found in your food. They don’t all exist in equal amounts. Some foods have a low level of purines while others are very high or very high in purines. If your goal is to reduce uric acids in your blood to healthier levels and your food contains purines that produce the acid then it doesn’t make sense to continue adding purines to your diet. It doesn’t. You should avoid foods that cause gout or foods high in purines. I hope you now understand why you need a diet that is gout-friendly.
It is shocking to realize that there are many foods that are popular in Western diets that can cause gout and slow down your recovery. There are many more than I can list here. But, let me give you an idea of some of the most popular foods. Fatty red meats, soups/gravies, poultry, offal and fish, shellfish, legumes, and alcohol. This is quite shocking. However, not all foods in each category have the exact same purine levels. There are certain foods that should be avoided in each category, but there are also foods with moderately high purine levels and some with low levels.
Gout diets are a great way to fight gout. But they are only one part of the gout prevention puzzle. Gout prevention is crucial, not only because of the severe consequences of recurring, painful gout. Gout can lead to permanent damage to your joints, kidney stones, and other problems in the kidneys. If you don’t know what to do, you are likely to experience more gout attacks after you have had one.