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What to Eat to Get Rid of Gout

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As a gout victim you need to watch what you eat to get rid of gout. Gout and diet are linked. Here, you will discover foods you can eat to get rid of gout. And you will also get to know which foods to avoid to help eliminate your gout.

CAUSES OF GOUT

Gout is the result of uric acid crystals in your joints and tissue around your joints. These crystals form when you have high uric acid in your blood.

Uric acid is produced by the metabolization of ‘purines’ in your body cells and foods. Purines are chemical compounds that help produce your energy and protein needs among other things beneficial to you.

Note that purines exist in our foods at different concentrations depending on the food type. As a rule of thumb, high protein foods and foods high in fat contain the highest levels of purines.

FOODS NOT TO EAT TO GET RID OF GOUT

So, foods to avoid to get rid of gout are, generally speaking, fatty red meat, organ meat, game, fish, shellfish and legumes, plus, yeast and alcohol (especially beer). But even within these there are varying purine levels…

You should definitely avoid all fatty red meat, venison, pork, burgers, bacon, etc., and, organ meat such as liver, heart and kidneys, etc. Although it has been suggested that a maximum of 6 ounces of lean meat may be consumed daily.

All shellfish and fish like mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies and roe, should also be avoided. But other fish like tuna can be taken in small quantities (6 ounces daily) because of omega3 benefits.

Poultry such as duck, turkey and goose are a definite no-no. But 6 ounces of chicken daily should be fine. Note: Try to alternate chicken, lean meat and allowed fish, so that you never have more than 6 ounces total daily.

Yeast extracts along with brewer’s and baker’s yeasts are also to be avoided.

FOODS YOU CAN EAT TO GET RID OF GOUT

Foods that are relatively low in purines that you can eat come under, essential fatty acids, low-fat dairy produce, complex carbohydrates, foods with high vitamin C, green leafy vegetables and fruit.

So here are examples of foods you can eat to help get rid of gout:-

red cabbage

potatoes

red bell peppers

celery (particularly good for you)

parsley

kale

cabbage

green leafy vegetables (but not cauliflower, spinach or asparagus)

cherries

strawberries

blueberries

bananas

pineapples

nuts

flax-seed

tuna

bread (but avoid white flower products)

whey protein powder in moderation

pasta

cereals

rice

low fat cheese

skimmed milk (not soy)

low fat yogurt

lean meat, fish or poultry (6 oz total daily)

Of course this list is not exhaustive. But here’s the thing; everyone’s different, every case is different. Some people can tolerated more of some foods than others and vice versa. So keeping a daily food diary can help you pinpoint what foods you need to avoid and which you can safely take.

But there are other issues you and your doctor need to consider. Things such as your medications, underlying medical conditions, weight, and lifestyle, for example.

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Source by John Cielo

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