Savory hors d’oeuvres, rich entrees, sweet cocktails, and even sweeter desserts—with all of the temptations surrounding us over the holidays, keeping your diet on track is tough! However, healthy eating isn’t just about maintaining your waistline, it can also be about managing gout. Certain foods can trigger painful flare ups in your big toe or other joints, so if you suffer from this arthritic condition, it’s even more important to eat right throughout the season and beyond.
Gout occurs when high levels of uric acid in your blood causes crystals to form in your joints. This excess uric acid develops as a result of your body breaking down purines. Avoiding foods high in purines, then, can actually reduce the severity of an attack, and possibly even prevent it.
So, before you reach for that appetizer or dig into dinner, keep these guidelines in mind:
Limit the amount of meat and seafood that you eat, especially organ and red meats, fatty fish, and lobster, shrimp, and scallops. Do your best to cut back on saturated fats, too. Also, limit or avoid alcohol, as well as sweetened beverages like pop and juice containing high fructose corn syrup. Instead, drink plenty of water, choose low or no-fat dairy products, and opt for plant-based protein sources like beans. Steer clear of cakes, candy and white bread—complex carbs found in whole grains, veggies, and fruit are much better choices.
If you stick to these rules, it will help your body to limit uric acid production, reducing your risk of painful gout attacks. To learn more, visit the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can make an appointment with Dr. David Laurino, or Dr. Antonius Su by calling or faxing our offices. In Gilbert, AZ, dial (480) 981-1800 or Fax (480) 981-0229. In Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 or Fax (480) 963-0375. We also serve the Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe, AZ communities. Here’s to healthy eating, and pain-free toes!
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