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Gout

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that results from a build up of uric acid in the blood and most often effects the joints but can also cause complications for the kidneys or urinary tract. Not everyone with too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) develops gout, but for those who do it can be a very painful condition. When uric acid crystals deposit in the fluid surrounding the joints, it can cause inflammation, swelling and pain. The body recognizes the uric acid crystals as foreign and the immune system attacks and digests them, but in the process releases chemicals that contribute to inflammation or swelling, redness and pain.

Foods to Include: Whole grains, natural, Vitamin C rich foods including oranges, kiwi fruits, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries, cherries (which are particularly good for joints) kale and other dark green leafy veggies, red peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts.

Foods to Avoid: Overeating, Eating large amounts of meat, seafood, high fructose corn syrup containing drinks, sodas, Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, refined grains, Limit intake of purine-rich foods if you already have gout to prevent an attack, like organ meats (liver, kidney, sweetbread), anchovies, sardines, herring. For some, plant foods like legumes, mushroom, cauliflower, brewer’s yeast and spinach should also be reduced in the diet. Caution against rapid weight loss and fasting in those with gout.

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