Having a bout with gout can be agonizing and it’s usually the foods we eat that both cause gout to flare up and exacerbate the condition. However, the right foods can get rid of gout.
Gout, at its worst, can render a person immobile, with their joints inflamed and the slightest movement or pressure on them sending a person reeling in pain. Read on to learn a few tips on how to stop gout in its tracks.
What Causes Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis in which the joints become inflamed as a result of a buildup of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is made naturally in the body’s metabolic process, but when there’s an overload of uric acid and/or the kidneys have problems flushing it out, gout occurs and brings with it acute inflammation and pain. Though obesity and high blood pressure are largely the root causes of the condition, purine-rich and acidic foods cause gout to flare up.
This is because purines are converted to uric acid in the blood and, therefore, should be avoided at all costs. Foods rich in purines include turkey, bacon, dried beans and peas, seafood, and cauliflower. Fatty foods and inactivity also encourage gout. Eating healthier, drinking plenty of water and exercising daily will keep uric acid levels down and make you healthier in the process.
To prevent gout flare-ups and get rid of your symptoms, try one or more of these proven gout blockers:
- 1. Celery seed is an herb that has an anti-inflammatory effect, which reduces the amount of uric acid in the blood, as well as lessens the pain associated with gout. You can sprinkle celery seed on salads and meats or use it in soups, pastas and sauces. It really brings out the flavor in your food with just a little sprinkle here and there.
- 2. Ginger is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent which alleviates gout symptoms. There are so many options available to get ginger in your daily diet – gingerbread, ginger tea, ginger candy, ginger powder, ginger snap cookies, ginger ale, etc. – so there’s no reason you have to suffer with gout.
- 3. Cherries contain anthocyanins, which quickly reduce inflammation. The recommended daily amount is 20 or more cherries per day. Black cherries are also full of antioxidants which trigger the immune response necessary to get rid of swelling and pain.
- 4. Yogurt and Other Dairy Products contain healthy protein that has a soothing effect against gout. The recommended daily amount is at least 30 grams of dairy per day to counteract the effects of the disease.
- 5. Water serves to cushion the joints and flush out uric acid, so plenty of water is your friend.
- 6. Grapefruit is also recommended to fight the symptoms of gout. If you have a heart condition and are taking heart medications, grapefruit may not be a good choice, however. You should consult your doctor to see if yours is a special case.