Gout is one of the painful forms of inflammatory arthritis, although you can’t predict when a gout attack will occur, there are several things you can do to try to prevent an attack.
Developing a healthy lifestyle is one of these things, by taking proactive steps to prevent gout flare-ups from occurring, and rapidly treating flare ups when they do occur, persons living with gout can still live relatively normal and pain-free lives.
The lifestyle tips below play a major role in preventing a gout attack and contribute to managing gout.
As an added bonus, they may also help prevent some complications of gout such as severe degenerative arthritis, kidney disease and heart disease.
Limit alcohol and avoids foods rich in purine or fructose
What you eat (or don’t eat) can have a significant impact on your gout symptoms, you should avoid purine-rich foods such as fatty meats, red meat, shellfish, pork and organ meats.
Also, drinking alcohol, especially beer and grain liquors, can lead to higher levels of uric acid in the blood – Cut these activities as much as possible to most effectively prevent gout.
The good news is that consume more foods rich in antioxidants, such as cherries, coffee, and foods rich in vitamin C, can help prevent gout attacks.
Also, as part of any healthy diet, drinking enough water is essential for flushing out excess levels of uric acid and prevent uric acid crystals from forming, as well as transporting nutrients in the body and cushioning joints.
This is particularly important if you have gout, a healthy amount of water to drink each day is 15.5 cups (3.7 L) for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 L) for women.
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Reducing stress in your life
Emotional and physical stress may boost blood levels of uric acid lead to trigger a gout attack and it can worsen gout symptoms.
While it is not always possible to eliminate all sources of stress, there are a number of ways to help minimize it.
Try relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation and deep breathing.
Physical activity such as taking a brief walk, if the pain does not limit movement.
Listening to music, journaling or reading a favorite book.
Getting enough rest can also help a person feel less stressed, a little bit of stress relief can go a long way.
Engaging in regular moderate-intensity exercise will help you lose excess weight, maintain a healthy weight level, reduce stress and it may help prevent a future gout attack.
If you’re currently experiencing a gout attack, you shouldn’t perform vigorous exercises until your pain and inflammation are reduced, walking and stretching could help during a gout flare up.
If you’re new to exercise or haven’t exercised in a long time, start off on a routine of short sessions on a regular basis, then gradually increase your sessions in time and intensity.
If you develop new symptoms when exercising, let your doctor know about them.
It’s important to also stay rested when you’re having a gout attack, don’t hesitate to sit or lie down when you experience joint fatigue or soreness.
A gout attack can be incredibly painful, and it may be hard to move when you’re having an attack so resting the affected joint during an attack can help you manage gout symptoms.
Try certain herbal
The authors of a 2015 study found that lemon water helps to neutralize uric acid in the body, adding the juice of two freshly squeezed lemons to 2 liters of water each day reduced uric acid in people with gout.
Turmeric—Its most active chemical, curcumin, has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties—may help ease gout-related inflammation and pain.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain—which is known to reduce inflammation and aid digestion—Research suggests that bromelain supplements can reduce the inflammatory symptoms of gout.
Cherries contain high levels of anthocyanins, which are anti-inflammatory compounds, the researchers found that 75 percent risk reduction for gout attacks when a person consumed cherries in addition to taking a gout medication.
Gout is an incredibly painful condition, but making these healthy lifestyle changes can reduce symptoms and help prevent future flare-ups.
You don’t have to make these lifestyle changes all at once, take your time and see which changes work best for you.