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Lifestyle Modification for Gout

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In this video, we’ll be discussing some tips for Lifestyle Modification for Gout.

Although we may not want to hear it, as a gout sufferer, you may have to consider lifestyle modifications to manage your gout better, especially if you continue to experience flare-ups frequently.

Maybe all it took was one flare-up to have you make up your mind about making lifestyle changes to avoid gout ever again. Or if you are a gout ‘veteran’ you might decide it’s just flat-out time to really make a change to try and avoid any more gout or taking any more medication than you need to.

I think it’s safe to say though for anyone who has suffered a bad gout flare-up, we’ve tried to identify what it was that ‘triggered’ that flare-up and vowed to change our lifestyle for the better (or to at least never experience the pain of gout again).

Known as the Disease of Kings, gout affects more than 8 million Americans a year and although research indicates genetics may be playing a role in making certain individuals more susceptible, there is also considerable research indicating that lifestyle and diet also play a major role in the prevention and treatment of gout.

Here are some tips when looking to change up your lifestyle for the better and for fewer gout attacks:

  1. Watch the Alcohol

You may want to consider scaling back alcoholic beverages as they are high in purines which causes a buildup of excess uric acid. Beer especially is high in purines.

  1. Avoid foods rich in Purines

This might be the most obvious, but it’s important to mention here to avoid foods rich in purines. There are many guides out there that give a good list of foods to avoid but to name a few, processed foods, corn syrup, organ meats, game meats, and shellfish have been known to be popular trigger foods for many gout sufferers.

  1. Eat More Vegetables

Eating vegetables not only gives you nutrients but also replaces other foods that otherwise may have high purines. Eating vegetables and fruits and an overall healthier diet could help maintain your uric acid levels or even lower your uric acid. As mentioned, there are gout diet guides out there that can help give you a list of healthy foods to add to your diet.

  1. Stay Hydrated

This is one very easy step to implement to one’s daily habits and that is to drink plenty of water. Staying well-hydrated allows your body to keep cycling out uric acid and keep those kidneys as clean as possible. Think about carrying a jug of water with you where you go to stay hydrated.

  1. Lose a Few Pounds

More and more studies out there are revealing that weight and gout have a strong correlation. Those who are overweight tend to have a higher risk of gout, among other risks for disease. Try to lose a few pounds and see if you also get fewer gout flare-ups.

These tips should be easy to get started with and once you get into the routine of it, should integrate seamlessly into your daily routine. Especially if you do start to have fewer gout flare-ups the more motivation it will be to continue these healthy habits.

As always, with any diet changes, please speak with your doctor to ensure they approve of your lifestyle changes and how they may affect any medication or supplements you are currently taking.

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