If you are suffering from gout, your doctor may recommend a daily prescription like a uric acid lowering medicine or colchicine along with some long-term therapy to help avoid gout attacks in future.
Although, medication is the most effective method to treat gout symptoms, but there are several natural remedies you can try to prevent or minimize the intensity of future attacks.
Following a healthy lifestyle and including gout foods in your diet are certainly very helpful in preventing or cutting back the rate of recurrence of gout attacks. These 8 steps will not only reduce the risk of gout, but also help you avoid some complications of gout like kidney disease and heart disease.
How To Prevent Gout And Manage Future Gout Episodes?
1. Drink Plenty Of Water: Water is the foremost recommended natural remedy for gout. Water helps in diluting uric acid, and has ability to eliminate uric acid as well. Less amount of water in your body causes uric acid density to upsurge. Consequently, uric acid builds up leading to onset of gout symptoms.
Another benefit of drinking more water is that it serves as a joint lubricant. So the people who are more at the risk for gout should make sure to drink plenty of fluids.
Drinking a half-gallon of water per day may prevent gout attacks. The recommended approximate amount is 2-3 liters, which is equal to 8–12 eight fluid ounce glasses every day (a glass consisting of 250 ml or 8 oz.).
2. Avoid or Limit Alcohol: Especially beer contains a large amount of purines and brewer’s yeast, both of which are strongly linked with gout attacks.
According to Dr. Sloane: “In one study it was found that the patients who consumed a 12-ounce serving of beer every day were 1.5 times more likely to suffer from gout than those who did not intake beer.”
Red wine is another kind of alcoholic drink, which is particularly high in purine content and so its consumption either be avoided or limited. On the other hand white wine is not as highly linked with gout and so “once-in-a-while” glass or two will not pose much problem for some people prone to gout.
Though beer may be the worst drink for gout, other alcoholic drinks also impair the body’s ability to eliminate uric acid. They cause the kidneys to excrete alcohol instead of eliminating uric acid. This leads to increase in the levels of uric acid in blood, which can develop gout symptoms over time for the people who are prone to the disease.
3. Avoid Foods High In Purines: When you have gout or are prone to gout, try to avoid foods that are high in purines – as much as you can. By eating a healthy, low-purine diet you can prevent uric acid buildup in the bloodstream.
A. Purine Rich Foods are to be avoided altogether because they may trigger gout attack in some people:
(i) Seafood And Gout: Seafood, especially scallops and other shellfish, anchovies, sardines, herring, and mackerel.
(ii) Meats: Particularly red meat, fatty meats, organ meats or “sweetmeats,” such as liver, brains, and beef kidneys.
B. Certain otherwise healthy foods are also high in purines, so you should consume them in moderation:
(i) Certain vegetables, including asparagus, spinach and mushrooms.
(ii) Lentils, dried beans and peas.
C. Foods Low In Purines (Gout Diet Foods):
Majority of the vegetables, low-fat dairy, eggs, plant-based proteins (nuts and legumes), and complex carbohydrates, such as fruits and whole-grain products, are low in purines and may even cut back uric acid accumulation.
Read here What are Purins?
4. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: Drinks containing high fructose corn syrup and sugar, such as sodas, when consumed in excess can raise your risk of a gout flare-up.
5. Maintain A Healthy Body Weight: People who are overweight or obese are prone to having higher amounts of uric acid in their blood.
Reducing and maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise may help lower uric acid levels, which can help cutting back risk of gout. But, people trying to reduce weight should do so gradually over time, because dramatic weight loss can trigger a gout attack.
6. Include In Your Diet Low-Fat Dairy Products: You can decrease the levels of uric acid in your body by consuming low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt.
7. Get Enough Rest And Sleep: Both rest and sleep help when you suffer from gout. You should try to sleep for about 8 hours each night.
Gout attack can be extremely painful and it can be hard to move the joint when you’re experiencing a gout attack. Thus, at that time resting the affected joint becomes very important to help manage gout symptoms.
8. Try Herbal And Dietary Supplements: Turmeric is well known for it’s therapeutic benefits in calming inflammatory conditions. So, it may help in preventing gout inflammation as well.
By including in your diet certain foods (popularly known as food for gout sufferers) like cherries, coffee, and foods rich in vitamin C may help you in reducing risk of gout attacks.