FYI – Some Foods Cause Gout

Do you experience painful swelling in some parts of your body after a meal? Well, there are two possibilities that you should consider. The first is that you have allergies, which can be very dangerous, especially if you experience a severe attack. The second possibility is that you are experiencing gout, which poses much less danger to your life than allergies, but can be excruciating while it lasts.

What is gout?

If you don’t already know what gout is, here’s a short rundown of the condition:

Gout is a medical condition, and a form of acute inflammatory arthritis. It is acute because it is very painful and can even be debilitating. It is inflammatory because it causes physical swelling that in severe cases can look like tumors. The fact that it is a kind of arthritis means that it affects the joints, causing stiffness and pain. It usually affects the joints of the lower extremities of the body, i.e., the toes, heels, ankles and knees.

Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in one’s blood. Uric acid crystals are deposited in joints, tendons and surrounding tissues and irritate (to put it lightly) the local area.

Stuff that cause gout

Gout can occur for a number of reasons, such as genetic predisposition, renal problems, lack of exercise, and inappropriate diet. This last factor seems to be the most important one, which can be seen as a good things, since it is arguably the simplest one to address.

Inappropriate foods

Your gout is probably due to your eating inappropriate foods. This doesn’t mean that your diet is unhealthy or unbalanced, but that it is not well suited to your physical condition. If you have gout, there are just some things you have to eat less of, or not at all.

The following are examples of favorite foods that have high levels of uric acid:

  • Meats (beef, lamb, etc.)
  • Fish
  • Seafood
  • Nuts

You’ll want to decrease your consumption of these foods as necessary. It may seem like a difficult hurdle to overcome, but it’s better than spending hours in bed, incapacitated by pain and stiffness, isn’t it?

Preempting gout

They say prevention is better than cure, so if you want to avoid developing gout, then control your intake of the foods listed above. Try to reduce your intake of saturated fats and consume more carbohydrates (cereal, pasta, rice, bread, etc.) and fruits and vegetables instead.

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