Gout victims need gout diets because some foods only add to the suffering of gout victims. Here, you’ll discover why you need a gout diet, and, which foods to avoid for gout.
WHAT CAUSES GOUT?
Your gout is caused by the presence of uric acid crystals in your joints. This can be any joint, but the big toe is by far the most common one.
Your body’s own inflammatory reaction to their presence is what actually causes your gout symptoms, i.e. swelling, redness, hot to touch, inflammation, stiffness and excruciating pain.
These crystals form out of elevated uric acid in your bloodstream. And uric acid is actually a byproduct of the breakdown of necessary chemical compounds called ‘purines’ that are present in our bodies’ cells and food cells.
Your body needs correct concentrations of uric acid, and your kidneys help to achieve this by processing and excreting excess from your body.
But when there is too much uric acid being produced, or, your kidneys aren’t excreting uric acid fast enough, excess builds up in your bloodstream causing elevated uric acid levels. This leads to uric acid crystals and so to gout.
WHY DO I NEED A GOUT DIET?
As you’ve now seen above, purines are at the heart of uric acid production, and, your objective as a gout victim is to reduce uric acid levels in your blood.
And as you are also now aware, purines exist in your foods. But they don’t exist in equal concentrations. Some foods are relatively low in purines, whilst others are high, or, very high in purines.
Now, given that your objective is to reduce uric acid in your blood to healthier levels, and your food provides purines that produce the acid, then it doesn’t make any sense at all to keep adding unnecessary purines through your diet, does it?
No it doesn’t. So you need to avoid foods that cause gout, or rather, avoid foods that are high or very high in purines. I hope you can now see why you need a gout diet.
WHICH FOODS DO I NEED TO AVOID FOR GOUT?
The shocking fact is that there are very many foods that are popular, especially in Western diets, and that can seriously aggravate your gout, and, slow down your recovery.
There are too many to go into detail here, but to give you a flavor — excuse the pun! — of what is involved in gout causing diets, here are some ‘general food types’ you must avoid as a gout sufferer…
Fatty red meats, soups / gravies, poultry, offal, fish, shellfish, legumes and alcohol.
This is indeed shocking. But not all foods within each category have the same purine concentration. There are certainly some foods within each category that must be avoided, but there are also some which have only moderately high purine levels, and, some with relatively low levels.
WILL AVOIDING THESE FOODS BE ENOUGH?
Gout diets go a very long way to helping fight gout, but they are only a part of the gout prevention puzzle. And gout prevention is extremely important, not just because of the agonizing pain, but because of the serious consequences of recurring gout.
Recurring gout over time can cause you to have permanently damaged joints, kidney stones and other kidney troubles. And, once having suffered one gout attack, you’re extremely likely to have more, if you don’t know how to prevent them.
You’re in luck though. There’s a special gout report available online [see below] that has all the information you need in one place. It is what thousands of ex-gout victims worldwide have successfully used to prevent their gout returning. It also contains a special 2 hour gout pain relief program. And it uses fully-researched, totally natural methods. So that you benefit two ways: (1) you get rid of your excruciating pain very fast, and, (2) you prevent your gout returning, so that you reduce the risk of permanent damage.