The fact of the matter is that although gout is becoming a rather common condition, once one knows gout causes it is actually fairly easy to treat and overcome.
What are the main gout causes?
An excess of red meat and alcohol are the main causes of gout but that is not to say that they are the only cause of gout and cannot be enjoyed in moderation. Often people who develop gout have a history of gout in the family. Previous joint injury, surgery and chemotherapy are also known gout causes.
The element in foods that causes gout is purine and it is often thought that gout sufferers should avoid purine rich food altogether, however recent research shows that this may not be necessary. The foods that are gout causes are now recognized as alcohol, fatty red meat and some seafood’s.
It has long been known that alcohol is one of the main gout causes as it has the effect of raising the levels of uric acid in the body which in turn increases the chance of a gout attack. Alcohol also makes it harder for the body to purge the uric acid from its system.
How to reduce the chance of developing gout
I’m sure you will have heard this before, but the best way to prevent gout and other dietary related conditions is to eat a healthy diet. If you get any symptoms of an initial gout attack then you need to immediately have a change of lifestyle as the attacks will only get more severe unless you remove the causes of gout from your diet.
It is also important to eliminate or seriously cut down on your intake of any alcohol, particularly beer and start drinking at least ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Water has the great effect of flushing uric acid out of the body.
You also need to seriously cut back on beef but particularly organ meats such as kidneys, sweetbreads etc. It is also necessary to cut back on seafood as these foods are the main causes of gout.
Chicken and low fat dairy products are a great way to get more protein as research shows that people who eat these types of high protein foods have much less gout flare ups. Be sure to drink lots of water and you will seriously reduce your risk of any more gout attacks.
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