People who suffer from gout know the shattering pain that comes during a flare-up. The disease is caused by an overproduction or under-excretion of uric acid in the body. When this happens, uric acid crystals form in the body’s tissues and fluids, explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A major risk factor for developing gout is obesity. This is why it is so important people who suffer from gout maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
Other risk factors for gout include hypertension, alcohol, poor kidney function, and diets rich in meat and seafood. So what should people with gout eat? According to Mayo Clinic, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and a limited amount of lean meats (4 to 6 ounces or 113 to 170 grams) should be the star ingredients on your plate. Foods to be avoided include white bread, sugary sweets, red meat, and high-fat dairy products. In addition to a “gout diet,” you may want to try some of these home remedies to prevent and treat flare-ups.
1. Cherries. Researchers from Boston University and University of Sydney found that eating cherries can actually decrease a person’s risk of gout attacks. The study found that after just two days of consuming 10- 12 cherries per day, a person is 35% less likely to have a gout attack.
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