There's nothing worse, you settle down for sleep, when all of a sudden your big toe becomes hot and swollen until the pain becomes unbearable. Sometimes it affects your knee or wrist and you can hobble around for over a week. Overtime this can cause permanent damage to your joints, kidneys and even disabling.
It doesn't have to be like this, as a gout diet can help prevent attacks of gout and avoid having to be prescribed medications, which only cause further problems in the long run. The best way to keep gout attacks at bay is to:
Limit the amount of food containing purines (see below). Eat a healthy diet and exercise so that you do not become overweight. Drink plenty of water to assist uric acid elimination through the urine. Eat low fat dairy products, as this reduces the risk of sudden acute gout attacks. Avoid alcohol, especially beer because it produces lactate when metabolised, which contributes to uric acid retention.
Other foods to avoid in a gout diet include:
Organ meat such as kidneys, liver, heart and brains. Dried peas and beans.Herrings, sardines and mussels. Meat proteins. Wheat bran, wheat germ and oatmeal. Refined cereals and bread. Yeast.
Foods that help prevent gout attacks include:
Low-fat diary products. Eggs. Water. Berries such as cherries strawberries and blueberries etc. Vegetables such as kale, cabbage and other leafy green vegetables and potatoes. Foods rich in vitamin C. Fibre-rich complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Fatty acids found in nuts, flax seeds and salmon and nuts.