After being hit by one holiday after another involving sweets and party drinks, it’s time to get back on track, not only for your health, but also to avoid gout flares! This form of arthritis can wake you in the night with sharp, stabbing pain, usually in your big toe, and these attacks can linger, reoccur, and even cause long-lasting damage to your joints.
The pain is caused by crystals that accumulate around your joint due to high uric acid levels in your blood. These levels become excessive if your body is having difficulty breaking down or eliminating a chemical called purine – found in certain foods and drinks like those sugary treats and alcoholic beverages we mentioned! The good news is, there are plenty of “good for you” foods when you have gout, and when you incorporate them into your diet, they can help you manage the condition and reduce painful flares.
So, be sure to have some heaping helpings of the following:
- Beans and legumes
- Low-fat dairy
- Whole grains
- Sweet potatoes
- Fruits and veggies, including cherries, spinach and other dark, leafy greens, peas, asparagus, cauliflower, and mushrooms
- Lots of water
When you dig into and drink up these low-purine options in addition to maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding food choices involving fructose, alcohol, refined carbs, red meat, and certain seafood, guess what? You can say goodbye to gout flares, and hopefully for good!
For more tips to control gout and manage arthritis symptoms, give our Bloomington, IL office a call by dialing (309) 661-9975. We’ll help you get a good night’s sleep without waking up in pain.
Farewell, you feisty flares!