Gout is a condition in which there are excessively high levels of uric acid in the blood. This can occur if your kids are not able to adequately filter the acid from the bloodstream. It can also be aggravated by consuming foods that are rich in purines, which, in turn, lead to the production of uric acid. Too much uric acid in your body can lead to deposits of sharp crystals in joints, particularly in toes, ankles, knees, and elbows. The presence of these crystals causes joint inflammation (arthritis) and can be extremely painful. Uric acid can also be deposited as lumps (known as tohi) under the skin or as kidney stones which are uric crystals in the kidneys.

There are a number of tips to help control uric acid coming from your diet and lifestyle. First, if you are overweight, try to lose weight; however, make sure you do not fast and try to lose weight too quickly as this can actually make things worse.

Be sure to drink lots of water as this can help flush uric acid out of your body.Try to drink eight to sixteen 8 ounce glasses of water a day.

Watch your alcohol consumption because too much alcohol can trigger gout flare-ups. Beer is especially bad. When not experiencing gout, if you must have a drink, try a glass of wine.

Other diet measures are designed to limit the amount of purines unjustified from foods because the breakdown of purines leads to the production of uric acid.

1. Limit animal proteins: Cut back or eliminate high purine foods such as organ meats such as liver and kidney and anchovies, herring, sardines and mackerel. Red meat, fatty fish and seafood such as shrimp, lobster, scallops and tuna should be avoided. Since all animal protein contains purines, you should limit your daily intake to 4 to 6 ounces.

2. Consume more plant based proteins: You can increase your protein intake by eating more plant based proteins which include beans and legumes.

3. Choose low fat or fat free dairy products: It's important to get dairy intake. Some studies have shown that drinking skim or low fat milk products may help reduce the risk of gout.

4. Complex carbohydrates are key: You should eat more whole grains, vegetables and fruits rather than refined carbohydrates such as white bread cake and candy.

5. Limit sugar intake: While there is a debate as to whether sugar intake is linked to uric acid, there is no doubt that excessive intake can lead to being overweight or obese which is definitely a risk factor for gout.

Some Foods That May help

Preliminary research suggests that eating about 20 cherries a day may help reduce recurrence attacks of gout. Oily fish like salmon may help with pollution, and use of tofu instead of meat may be helpful.

As you can see, there are a number of dietary measures you can follow to help reduce your intake of purines and production of uric acid. The good news is that these changes in diet will help your overall health as well.