GOUT - A TYPE OF ARTHRITIS


A clinical condition that is rapidly increasing in our society today is Gout.


While Gout can be a harrowing condition, there are still ways to effectively manage it and help yourself in becoming free from it.


What is Gout?


A gout is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe pain, redness, tenderness in joints. The major cause of Gout is high levels of uric acid in the blood (Hyperuricemia), which can accumulate in joints and can lead to inflammation. Uric Acid is a waste product formed from the breakdown of purines in the body.


The Normal Uric Acid Levels are as follows:

  • Women: 1.5 to 6.0 milligrams/deciliter (mg/dL)

  • Men: 2.5 to 7.0 mg/dL

What is Purine?


Purines, a common chemical compound found in foods and drinks, turn into uric acid on absorption.


High purine foods are:

  1. Alcoholic beverages (all types)

  2. Some Fish, Seafood, and Shellfish.

  3. Organ meats like Liver and Red Meat

  4. High purine-rich vegetables like Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Full-Fat dairy, Palak, Methi and Soya

  5. Someone with Gout should not consume these foods or should keep the amounts consumed in check.


SYMPTOMS

  • Sudden, severe attacks of pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness and Tenderness in the joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe. A sensation that the big toe is on fire.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO IMPROVE GOUT


1. Stay Hydrated: Drink at least 10-12 Glasses of Water every day; extra water helps to flush uric acid, include lemon water, vitamin c in citrus fruits, dissolves excess uric acid


2. Manage your stress


3. Exercising/Walking is essential


4. Eat mindfully to avoid overeating


5. Abstain from having excess Purine rich foods


6. Maintain a desirable body weight


7. Avoiding Alcohol, red meat, organ meat, full-fat dairy


8. Including high fiber foods least 4-5 servings in a day.

DIETARY CHANGES TO IMPROVE GOUT


Foods to Include


1. Vitamin C rich Foods: Lemon, Mausami and Oranges


2. High Fiber Foods: Apple, Oats, Cucumbers, Broccoli and Banana


3. Low-fat and Non-Dairy Fat Products: Yogurt and Skim milk


4. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at least 4-5 serving


5. Lemon water, fresh juices {citrus fruits }


6. Fat and oil (in moderation)


7. Emphasize carbohydrate-rich foods Cereals, Potatoes, rice, bread and Pasta


8. Eat moderate protein. Good protein sources like tofu and eggs (in moderation)


Foods to Avoid


1. Alcohol: Beer and Grain Liquors (like vodka and whiskey)


2. Red meat, Lamb, and Pork


3. Organ meats: Liver, Kidneys


4. Seafood: especially shellfish like shrimp, lobster


5. High Sugar Products: Soda and Packaged Juices


6. Processed Foods: Cereal, ice cream, candy, and fast food


Exercise Routine


1. Cardiovascular exercise will help boost your lung function and your body's ability to use oxygen to metabolize acid in the body.


2. A physical activity regime of 45 mins to an hour for a minimum of 5 days a week is advised.


3. Maintain desirable body weight.


Water Intake


Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. And if you have a flare, increase your intake to 16 glasses a day! The water helps to flush uric acid from your body. However, Limit consumption of sugar-sweetened Soft drinks, which have been linked to increased risk of gout.


HOW DOES NUTRIWELLBEING HELP IN IMPROVING GOUT CONDITION?


With our specialized diet Plans for Gout, we help you in improving the condition and also help in the reduction of Gout attacks through effective plans that are balanced and are made with the perfect keys and combinations to provide you with strength and energy to keep running through the day, considering the decreased Purine containing foods that may form Uric Acid crystals.


Also, our tailor-made plans are always designed to keep up with your nutritional needs and constantly support you with the condition.


In the end, Nutriwellbeing wishes you good luck and Good Health, always!

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