How can I avoid gout symptoms?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
To avoid gout symptoms or flares, do this:
  • Avoid alcohol and foods that contain purine, such as asparagus, organ and game meats, dried beans and peas, herring, mackerel, mushrooms, sardines, and scallops. They encourage the body to overproduce uric acid.
  • Shed excess weight. It's proven to reduce gout flares.
  • Lower blood pressure. You'll remove another trigger for painful gout attacks.
To help you get through these steps, I recommend trying a veggie-centered diet. High-fiber foods and veggies -- as well as fruit loaded with folate and vitamin C -- protect against gout. Low-fat dairy can help reduce gout, too, but stay clear of low-carb diets. They'll end up making your gout worse. Also do the following:
  • Drink plenty of water daily to flush out uric acid.
  • Drink coffee. It helps get rid of those nasty crystals.
  • Avoid fructose-rich drinks, including orange juice.
  • Work out. You know it: 10,000 steps every day!
  • Destress. Tension's a big gout-attack trigger.
  • Try taking glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.

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