Gout is a painful form of arthritis that occurs when there are high levels of uric acid in our body. And gout isn't fun. But I'm sure you already know that. The good news is that there are things we can do to help manage gout, like trying to eat healthier and eating more low-purine foods.
But did you know that changes in diet alone aren't enough to prevent gout or gout attacks? That's not to say that it doesn't help, but if you're looking to do more about your gout, you've got to do more about your lifestyle.
Here are a few tips on how to go about living a low uric acid lifestyle:
I know, easier said than done. But an increase in weight gain during adulthood may actually lead to an increased risk of developing gout or increasing the frequency of gout attacks.
That's why the rest of these tips are crucial.
Again, easier said than done. But maintaining a healthy bodyweight is easier when you're eating healthier. Make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need from fruits, veggies, proteins, and whole grains. You can even check out some of the best and worst foods for gout here.
Exercising can help lower the uric acid levels in your body, along with its many other health benefits. It can help strengthen your bones and muscles and even reduce inflammation.
If you're not used to exercising, start off slow. For example, you could take a 10 minute walk in the morning or afternoon once a week. Then, as you get used to it, bump it up to 2 or 3 times a week or increase the time you walk for.
If you're looking for other options, check out these outdoor workouts.
Keep in mind that it's best not to exercise during a gout attack because it can make the pain worse. Try to exercise in between them if you can.
When I say fluids, I don't mean sweet drinks and alcohol. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Water can help flush uric acid from your body, so it's important to make sure you're drinking your recommended amount of water everyday.
Alcohol can actually increase your uric acid levels, so it's best to limit it or cut it out completely. Doing so will not get rid of gout or gout attacks altogether, but it can help.
Supplements or medication can, often times, be the most effective way to help with gout and preventing gout attacks.
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**Talk to your doctor before beginning any new diet or exercise plan.
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