Question: I used to get the attack of gout once or twice in a quarter. A recipe is needed which can be adopted easily in routine. I am tired enough taking medicines, diet is also a problem due to office routines.
Answer: As you know that gout is the result of formation of uric acid crystal in the joints.
Uric acid generally dissolves in the body and gets eliminated through the kidneys, but increase of uric acid occurs in following situation:
- If there is increase of production of uric acid in the body
- If the kidney’s are at fault, and uric acid is not eliminated properly due to this
- If a person is eating high purine diet, purine is a chemical found in certain food which when metabolized forms uric acid in the body.
Diet and Ways to Avoid Recurrent Attacks Of Gout
- As gout is found in persons who are obese, it is imperative to reduce weight if the person is obese
- Avoid alcohol
- Drink plenty of water
- High purine foods to avoid: organ meat, red meat, sardines, mackerel, scallops, eggs
- Moderate purine containing foods which can be consumed moderately are: shellfish, poultry, meat soups, asparagus, mushrooms, cauliflower, bran, oatmeal, wheat germ, spinach, legumes, white flour breads,
- Low purine containing foods: fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouts, breads and cereals, low fat cheese, nuts, peanut butter, coffee, tea.
- Flax seed, cherry juice and cherries, salmon fish, tofu prepared from soya bean, olive oil and nuts are said to reduce uric acid level and inflammation.
In a nut shell a balanced diet for gout includes complex carbohydrates in high quantity, proteins and fats in low quantity.