Learning the gout foods which are safe to eat will go a long way in helping your condition.
In a previous article I discussed the gout foods to avoid. In this article I'm going to discuss the foods which will help you in your pursuit of a life free from gout pain.
I know what you are thinking. Not another diet. I hate controlling what I eat. I just want to take some type of medication and eat whatever I want. Unfortunately it does not work that way. So what I want you to do is focus on the pain. Tony Robbins says we are motivated by two major things in life. The avoidance of pain and the pursuit of pleasure. So what I want you to do is focus on the extreme pain you feel during a gout attack. Use that unbearable feeling to make life changes in your food intake that will move you towards pleasure.
Most dietary plans focus on the reduction of uric acid in the body. It also focuses on avoiding other conditions such as obesity that are common in gout patients. The common recommendation is a diet low in purine. Purine is a colorless crystalline compound which forms uric acid on oxidation.
Here are the guidelines recommended by the American Medical Association. They are by no means a complete solution. They are a starting point that will need to be adjusted as you notice how your body reacts to different food intake. You will learn the gout foods which are safe for you and in what amounts based on the gout attacks that occurs. It would be a good idea to keep track of what you eat and then the attacks you have. That way you can take a step back and notice which foods are corresponding to your pain.
1. Low protein diet (proteins are typically high in purine) – eat lean meats, poultry, or soy as 15% of calories
2. keep your fat intake to 30% of calories (preferably only 10% containing animal fats)
3. Eat high complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, and fiber-rich whole grains.
Here are a few of the specific foods that you should think about adding to your diet.
Tart Cherries and cherry juice are used by many individuals with gout. They contain natural plant compounds called phenolics. These compounds have anti-inflammatory effects. The USDA does not allow distributors to position them for their health benefits. However, adding them to you diet can not hurt.
Celery is another beneficial food which you can eat. This can be taken as either celery stalks or celery seed extract. Two natural remedy doctors, Dr. James Duke and Dr. Michael Murray has endorsed celery for it's benefits. What celery does is promote the excretion of urine. By doing so it helps remove uric acid from the body.
Red Cabbage is said to be high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is already shown to possibly help in the excretion of uric acid. Not all the recommendations that you will find floating around are proved to specifically be beneficial gout foods. However, these are healthy foods that can help you have a balanced diet regardless.
Other recommendations include, but are not limited to: tomatoes, bananas, low fat dairy products such as milk and yogurt, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, tea, tuna, salmon, flaxseed, nuts, seeds, exports, pasta, cereals and rice.