6 ways to help fight gout
Gout can be an extremely painful condition – so help fight gout now!
Gout is a form of arthritis which is most prominent in the feet and toes. The affected toes can become stiff, painful and inflamed. Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid forming crystals in the joints of the body. An excess level of uric acid can cause other health problems, but gout is the most notable and can be extremely painful.
There are a number of natural ways to help beat gout and keep uric acid levels down. Making some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can help you to stay gout free, which in turn will help to keep you happier and healthier.
Cut back on sugar
Everyone loves sugar, but too much can have a negative impact on your health, diet and life. Various studies suggest that people with a high sugar intake, or those with a high level of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) in their diet, are more likely to suffer from gout. It is important to take the time to check labels when you are shopping and if you see the inclusion of HFCS, avoid that product. Also ingredients ending in “cose” should be avoided as these are other types of sugar.
Cut out grains
Your body converts grains into sugar. Cutting back or reducing the amount of grains you consume will be beneficial. Given that grains can also cause inflammation, it is best to avoid them when possible.
Cut back on alcohol to help fight gout
Alcohol in moderation is fine, but you must be aware that alcohol will turn to sugar. This is often overseen and can be a contributor towards developing gout. Cutting out or reducing your alcohol intake will help to minimise the chance of developing gout.
Cut back on soft drinks and diet soft drinks
Most people are aware that soft drinks contain high levels of sugar, but it’s often not as clear that diet drinks are also loaded with sweeteners. Whether these sweeteners are natural of artificial, they can have an impact on the conditions that commonly lead to gout. In a 12-year study of more than 46,000 men, researchers noted the risk of gout was 85 percent higher among males who consumed two or more servings of sugar-sweetened soft drinks per month, compared to those who consumed less than one monthly serving!
Eat more strawberries and cherries
Adding fruit to your diet is rarely a bad idea but these fruits are particularly good. Cherries provide people with anthocyanin’s and bioflavonoids, which are both recognised to reduce the risk of arthritis. Both of these fruits are high in antioxidants. For those that don’t like cherries, cherry tablets are available.
While improving your diet can have a positive impact on your health, it is important to ensure that you are active and including exercise as part of your healthy lifestyle. Exercising in short bursts means you don’t need to devote a great deal of time to staying fit but it will still provide good results. Taking more exercise and leading a more active lifestyle is good advice for everyone but if you are serious about combating the likelihood of contracting gout, you should focus on exercising regularly.
Given the painful nature of gout, it makes sense to minimise the chance of developing it. Taking positive steps in your health and diet can help you to reduce your risk substantially.
Bluecrest Health screening provide testing for uric acid levels which can be an indicator of Gout (inflammatory arthritis) as part of our core health checks. To speak to one of our advisors call free on 0800 652 2173.