Gout Foods to Avoid and Other Gout Triggers to be Aware O
natural pain relief

Gout Foods to Avoid and

Other Gout Attack Risk Factors

Green Tea

There are certain gout foods to avoid in order to minimize the likelihood of a gout attack. Foods and other triggers can cause gout flare ups but the pain can only happen if certain underlying conditions are present. Hyperuricemia (high uric acid levels) can be present in the body for two or three decades before the first attack. Once you find that you do have elevated levels and are at risk of a gout attack, read and be aware of these risk factors to help you avoid a gout attack:

Foods to avoid - Uric acid is the end product of the metabolism of purines which are present in certain foods so the following list with higher purine levels are the dietary items to avoid:

  1. Alcohol (beer is the worst)
  2. Soft drinks
  3. Meat, especially red and organ meats
  4. Anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels
  5. Asparagus, mushrooms, sweetbreads
  6. Fried foods, roasted nuts
  7. Any foods with oils that have been heated
  8. Rich foods such as cakes and pies
  9. White flour and white sugar products
  10. Food yeast
Gout

(Foods that are good are listed are listed on the Gout Treatments Page)

Alcohol is a strong trigger for gout attacks for three reasons:

  1. It is a major source of purines
  2. It stimulates the liver to breakdown purines increasing uric acid levels
  3. It decreases the rate at which the kidneys remove uric acid

Soft drinks and fructose According to one study (by the University of British Columbia and Harvard Medical School published in the British Medical Journal) the incidence of gout increased with number of soft drinks consumed and with the percentage of calories from soft drinks.

Soft-drink
Increase (%) in incidence
servings
relative to reference group
consumed
(less than 1 serving/month)
5-6/week
29
1/day
45
2 or more/day
85

Exercising too much can produce lactic acid which won't help the problem.

Fasting or too rapid a weight loss may increase uric acid levels and trigger gout.

Infections or complications from illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high serum levels of cholesterol, insulin resistance and diabetes. Kidney disease is especially bad if the ability to excrete uric acid is affected.

Joint injuries may affect circulation in the affected area and contribute to an attack.

Medications and most drugs are very acid-forming and harmful to the body. Increased acid of course contributes to hyperuricemia. So while some drugs may help to relieve symptoms the may contribute to a more acid body making things worse in the long run. Diuretic drugs are especially bad.

Overeating can stress the body and cause an attack. It also contributes to obesity often from acid-forming foods which contribute to the underlying elevated uric acid levels.

Stress including both emotional and environmental factors can cause an attack. Stress is very acidifying to the body. Learn to relax and slow down.

Surgery including organ transplants.

Weather if cold can cause an attack so be sure to keep the extremities warm. Of course the attack will often happen there, especially in the toes. Avoid being outside during cold weather as much as possible. Hot and humid weather can also cause an attack.

Learn what causes gout.

Keep up to date with
valuable insights into
pain management via
a healthy lifestyle.

Receive the monthly
Natural Pain Relief
Guide Newsletter.

News articles, health
tips, specials, freebies.

Enter your email and name
in the form to the right.
Email

Name

Then

Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Natural Pain Relief Guide News.


FREE BOOK OFFER
The Calcium Lie
A PAIN-FREE LIFE?
Site Philosophy: Get toxins out, good nutrition in, keep moving, and your intricately-designed, self- healing body can get things working right and give you natural pain relief
Check this out!
back pain book
FREE BOOK - help for your back, neck or sciatic pain.
NEWLY REVISED!
Great Special
Get it Now!
heal-n-soothe
Powerful, natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory
GUARANTEED PAIN RELIEF

Relieve your pain - approved medical device increases circulation and healing.
From the web's most trusted resource for back pain, neck pain or sciatica.
sleepzyme
Finally - Get A Good Night's Sleep
   





Enjoy This Site?
Then please use the button below, to add us to your favorite bookmarking service.


Subscribe To
This Site

XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines
   

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

The contents of this site are intended for educational and information purposes only.
You have a right (and a responsibility) to educate yourself regarding health matters.
The information presented here is not meant to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat, or
cure any disease. If you have health concerns, consult a nutritionally-oriented health
professional and take responsibility to become educated in caring for your own health.

© Copyright 2008-2013. All Rights Reserved.
POWERED BY SITE BUILD IT