How to Keep Uric Acid Levels Low during Warmer Weather

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Weather changes have been known to send your joint discomfort into a tizzy. A lot of gout sufferers find that hot and humid weather actually triggers their flare-ups and makes their pain worse.

This could be because our bodies typically lose a lot more fluid through sweating during the warmer seasons which can then cause our bodies to become dehydrated. The less water in our bodies, the less efficiently our kidneys can get rid of uric acid which can result in those gout flare-ups.

It isn’t just when it's hot and humid that our gout pain can increase though. It can happen during almost any season change. That's why it's important to stay on top of your uric acid levels all year long and understand what you can do to help decrease those gout flare-ups.

What can you do to help avoid gout attacks as the seasons change?

Maintaining a regular body temperature is one of the keys to avoiding a gout attack as the weather changes. You can help by staying hydrated during hot and humid weather and having the air conditioning on in your house and car.

There are also other things you can do too:

  • Make sure you're wearing shoes that fit properly.
  • Use an ice pack or cold compress.
  • Elevate the affected area.
  • Get moving.

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