Gout Do's and Dont's

What to do:

If you suffer from Gout, you should increase the amount of water you consume on a daily basis, this will aid in the release of uric acid from your system. Start and maintain a low fat diet. Foods that make up a sensible low purine diet are as follows

Fresh Cherries Blueberries Bananas
Strawberries Grapes Pomegranates
Fruit Juices Pineapples Red / Blackberries

Kale Cabbage Parsley
Lettuce Celery Tomatoes
Red Cabbage Red Bell Peppers Watercress

Cereal Rice Potatoes
Pastas Nuts Seeds
Veggie Juices Tuna Salmon
Honey Breads Low-Fat Dairy Products

Herbs and Spices
Thyme Chamomile Spearmint
Yarrow Turmeric Nettle
Perilla Ginger Garlic

Diets high in fruits, vegetables and low- fat dairy are your best approach to managing gout. Omega 3 fatty acids also may help controlling your gout flare-ups. Green leafy vegetables should be included in your diet because of the high water content found in different lettuces, which will increase your water intake. Proteins shouldn't exceed 6 ounces and vegetables shouldn't go over 4 ounces. Fruits are most effective when it is uncooked and fresh.


Exercising is always beneficial. When you exercise, you can reduce the chance of a recurrence of gout inflammation as well as the prevention of kidney stones. Exercising also helps the body in many other ways, by improving circulation and mobility, strengthens your joints, bones and muscles. Consistent exercise and proper eating habits will help you control and manage your Gout. Those with obesity problems should definitely exercise regularly due to the high levels of uric acid from excess body tissue. Although weight plays a factor in your recurrences, it is not recommended that overweight individuals over-exercise or participate in lose weight fast or crash diets, because a rapid change in your normal diet, can also have a negative effect on your gout.

It is very important, for you to know when and how to work out. Working out is to decrease the chance of a recurrence, never try to work out with symptoms present or during an inflammation. This will only worsen your symptoms, as well as your swollen joints by causing more pain or increasing the length of your attack.

Proper healthy eating, along with an exercising routine will aid in reducing your chances of an inflammation, as well as the possibly stopping them altogether. Always consult with your Primary Care Physician or a Dietician, prior to implementing a new exercise regimen or diet.

What not to do:

If you suffer from Gout, it is important to eliminate foods that can cause a recurrence; some of the foods to avoid are as follows:

Red Meats Kidneys Livers
Mincemeat Potted Meats Sweetbreads
Venison Mutton Game

Sardines Shrimp Scallops
Mussels Anchovies Lobster
Crab Roe Oysters
Mackerel Herring

Gout suffers should limit alcohol or avoid it altogether. Alcohol can dehydrate the body and possibly cause a flare up. Red wine and beer will hinder the release of uric acid from your system, soda's and beverages with sugar should be monitored.