- Limit animal protein. Avoid or severely limit high-purine foods, including organ meats, such as liver, and herring, anchovies and mackerel. Red meat (beef, pork and lamb), fatty fish and seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster and scallops) are associated with increased risk of gout.
- Eat more plant-based proteins. You can increase your protein by including more plant-based sources, such as beans and legumes.
- Limit or avoid alcohol. Alcohol interferes with the elimination of uric acid from your body which is a factor in gout. Drinking beer, in particular, has been linked to gout attacks. If you’re having an attack, avoid alcohol.
- Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Fluids can help remove uric acid from your body. Aim for 8 to 16, 8-ounce (237 milliliter) glasses a day.
- Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Some studies have shown that drinking skim or low-fat milk and eating foods made with them, such as yogurt, help reduce the risk of gout
- Choose complex carbohydrates. Eat more whole grains and fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, cakes and candy.
- Limit or avoid sugar. Too many sweets can leave you with no room for plant-based proteins and low-fat or fat-free dairy products — the foods you need to avoid gout.
Every patient under the care of a Suburban Home Health Care professional will receive a detailed plan of care designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient. The information above is offered as a helpful resource to our viewers but should not be considered a substitute for professional medical attention. Call our office today and let us develop a plan of care for you or your loved one.