Gout Diet


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http://curegoutpainnow.com - Gout is a painful condition, often affecting the toes, but it can affect many other joints as well. If left alone it can get worse, turn into a chronic problem and even cause permanent damage. Your gout diet need to have a low level of purines to help reduce the uric acid production

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Gout Diet

  1. 1. Gout Diet<br />
  2. 2. The importance of a proper gout diet can not be understated.<br />
  3. 3. A diet high in purines can lead to the production of more uric acid than the body can manage. <br />
  4. 4. A proper gout diet can help reduce the levels of purine in the body. <br />
  5. 5. But a truly beneficial gout diet also needs to be addressing some of these other factors. <br />
  6. 6. Chiefly, losing weight is of paramount importance.<br />
  7. 7. Just to help you understand this a bit better, let's have a brief science lesson about purines.<br />
  8. 8. Purineis the name for a particular chemical structure which is a molecule with two rings. Purines are a part of your DNA and RNA.<br />
  9. 9. DNA and RNA are made up from four basic chemicals, two of which are purines and the other two being pyrimidines. <br />
  10. 10. When you ingest purines they are often used in your DNA and RNA. <br />
  11. 11. Any left over purines are broken down into uric acid.<br />
  12. 12. If you eat too many purines, you may have increased uric acid levels. <br />
  13. 13. The body only needs so many purines to function, and any that are not utilized will get converted to uric acid. <br />
  14. 14. Too much uric acid increases the concentration to the point that the uratecrystallizes and deposits into the joints.<br />
  15. 15. It is the body's reaction to these crystals that causes the gout attack.<br />
  16. 16. So first thing to adjust in your gout diet is the level of purine intake.<br />
  17. 17. There are certain foods that are high in purines which need to be avoided as a part of a gout diet. <br />
  18. 18. At the very least a gout sufferer should cut down on them.<br />
  19. 19. High Purine Foods<br />
  20. 20. * beef, bacon, lamb and pork * seafood, anchovies, mussels, herring, tuna* organ meat such as liver, kidney, sweetbreads<br />
  21. 21. * yeast products, marmite, vegemite* game, pheasant, partridge, goose* peas, beans, mushrooms, cauliflower<br />
  22. 22. Alcohol should also be avoided. <br />
  23. 23. Beer contains some purines, but it is not this that causes the problems. <br />
  24. 24. Alcohol itself impairs the excretion of uric acid from the system.<br />
  25. 25. Replacing high purine foods with low purine foods will lower your overall uric acid concentrations.<br />
  26. 26. Low Purine Foods<br />
  27. 27. * fresh berries (cherries are reallygoodfor gout)* Apples and Bananas* High vitamin-C foods (citris fruits, peppers, red cabbage)<br />
  28. 28. * Tomato* Leafy vegetables* Celery* Pineapple<br />
  29. 29. * Dairy products (choose low fat)* Pasta, rice, cereal* Nuts and seeds<br />
  30. 30. A low purine consists of what would be considered "healthy" food. <br />
  31. 31. As a result of eating a low purine diet, your intake of fruit and vegetables will increase, and that of fatty high-protein foods will decrease.<br />
  32. 32. As well as a direct reduction in uric acid levels, it is likely that weight loss will also occur. <br />
  33. 33. Being overweight is actually one of the single biggest predictors of a high urate level. <br />
  34. 34. However it is really important to lose weight gradually. <br />
  35. 35. Rapid weight reduction can cause ketosis, which leads to higher uric acid levels.<br />
  36. 36. Also, as a part of any healthy diet, it is vitally important to drink enough water to help flush out the system.<br />
  37. 37. In summary a gout diet has a couple of goals. <br />
  38. 38. Chiefly the purpose of a gout diet is to reduce the level of purines ingested, and hence the amount of uric acid produced. <br />
  39. 39. But at the same time, weight loss is also important in reducing the chance of future gout attacks.<br />
  40. 40. Thankfully both of these goals can be achieved at the same time with a well managed gout diet.<br />