What you eat and drink affects the levels of uric acid in your blood, which contributes to gout. By avoiding foods that are high in purines, which break down into uric acids when you digest them, you can help control and prevent gout attacks. Limit your meat consumption—especially red meat, but also poultry and seafood. Cut down or eliminate your alcohol intake. Reduce your saturated fat and added sugars intake as well. Instead, eat bigger servings of fruits and vegetables and stick to whole grains. Low-fat dairy products are also good for you. Make sure to drink plenty of water every day to dilute the uric acid in your blood as well.
If you’re struggling with painful gout attacks, don’t just suffer through and hope the next one doesn’t come too quickly. Seek help to relieve your discomfort and manage your condition before it causes worse damage. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information by visiting the online contact page or by calling our Medford office at (541) 776-3338.