People with gout experience the shocking pain that occurs during flare-ups. The disease is caused by overproduction or under-excretion of uric acid in the body. When this happens, uric acid crystals form in body tissues and fluids, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain. Obesity is an important risk factor for developing gout. This is why it is so important for people with gout to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
Other risk factors for gout include high blood pressure, alcohol, kidney failure, and diets high in meat and seafood. What should people with gout eat? According to the 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 main ingredients in your dish. Foods to avoid include white bread, sweet candy, 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 breakouts.
Researchers from Boston University and the University of Sydney have discovered that eating cherries can actually reduce a person’s risk of a gout attack. The study found that after just two days of eating 10 to 12 cherries a day, a person is 35% less likely to have a gout attack.
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