How to Navigate St. Patrick's Day Without Flare-Ups


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As St. Patrick's Day rolls around, many of us start thinking about green beer, shamrocks, and maybe even a leprechaun or two. But for those of us who deal with issues like gout, fibromyalgia, or high uric acid levels, the thought of indulging in alcohol can be a bit daunting.


The Uric Acid Conundrum

Now, I'm no saint myself when it comes to enjoying a pint or two, but over the years, I've learned a thing or two about how alcohol can affect our bodies, especially when it comes to uric acid levels.


Moderation Matters

First off, moderation is key. Instead of knocking back pints like there's no tomorrow, try pacing yourself and sticking to just a couple of drinks. Trust me, your joints will thank you in the morning.


Choosing Wisely

Secondly, not all alcoholic beverages are created equal when it comes to uric acid levels. Beer and spirits, especially those high in purines, can be particularly problematic. So maybe steer clear of that Guinness marathon and opt for something lighter instead.

It's not about giving up the celebration, it's about finding healthier ways to enjoy it.

  • Lighter beers
  • Wine in moderation (white wines typically have lower levels of purines)
  • Low-purine spirits (mix them with low-sugar or diet mixers like soda water or diet tonic)


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Get Creative with Mocktails

And finally, why not get creative with your St. Paddy's Day libations? Instead of reaching for that green beer, whip up a refreshing mocktail or indulge in some green tea. Hey, it's still green, right?


  • 1 cup of green tea, brewed and chilled
  • 1/2 cup of ginger ale (choose a low-sugar or diet option if you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or agave syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  1. Brew the green tea and let it cool in the refrigerator.
  2. In a glass, combine the chilled green tea with the ginger ale.
  3. Stir in the honey or agave syrup and lime juice until well-mixed.
  4. Add ice cubes to the glass and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  5. Give it a gentle stir, and enjoy your refreshing Green Ginger Zinger mocktail!


Another Culprit

Now, let's not forget about the other culprit that can wreak havoc on our uric acid levels: food! St. Patrick's Day festivities often include a spread of rich, indulgent dishes that can be triggers for discomfort.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate the feast without regrets:

  • Watch out for high-purine foods like red meat, organ meats, and shellfish. Instead, opt for lean proteins like chicken or fish.
  • Be cautious with rich, creamy sauces and gravies, as they can be high in fat and calories. Consider lighter alternatives or enjoy them in moderation.
  • Load up on green veggies like spinach, kale, and broccoli, which are not only festive but also low in purines and packed with nutrients.
  • Don't forget about hydration! Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help flush out uric acid and keep your joints happy.


A Toast to Health

So there you have it, folks. As we raise our glasses to St. Patrick this year, let's remember to be kind to our bodies and mindful of our uric acid levels. Cheers to a happy, healthy, and pain-free St. Paddy's Day!


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3 Responses

Rita May Taylor
Rita May Taylor

March 13, 2024

I’d like to double my order.

Brandon from Lifetones
Brandon from Lifetones

March 12, 2024

Hey there! Reubens are a classic, and it’s understandable not wanting to give them up. To tone down the gout-triggering effects of corned beef, consider using a leaner protein like turkey or chicken pastrami instead. You can still enjoy that delicious flavor with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and a tangy dressing—all the elements that make a Reuben so irresistible. It’s all about finding creative swaps that keep the flavor alive while keeping your joints happy. Keep on crafting those tasty traditions with a healthier twist!


March 12, 2024

Great advice. My big challenge is Reubens!
Every year, our family tradition includes me making my special (made with love) Reuben Sandwiches. Of course, Corned Beef is not a fan of gout sufferers. How can I tone down the Corned Beef a bit, and still enjoy the famous flavor of my Reubens?

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