ARE THERE FOODS THAT SPECIFICALLY CAUSE A GOUT ATTACK?


Many chronic gout sufferers are almost always bordering a high level where any one meal can push them over the edge and into an attack. The combination of both a high purine AND high acid meal can prove to be too much. This is why many people believe that a specific food is the cause of their gout attack; however, it is usually just what happens to tip that "already full cup" over and into an attack.

You must bring your uric acid down to a manageable level in order to gain some flexibility in your diet. Once again, this is where vitamins and supplements are necessary to provide your body with all of the tools that are crucial to uric acid management. You must enhance the body's ability to fight this disease, and diet alone can make this a daunting task.

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HOW DOES EXCESS WEIGHT/OBESITY AFFECT GOUT ATTACKS?


We know that overeating promotes the inflammatory response and suppresses the immune system. Obesity can affect the heart, blood flow, friendly bacteria levels and nutrient assimilation appointing excess strain on these organs and their essential functions. As a result, extra uric acid production is common. Moreover, the typical diet involved in obesity cases is rarely conducive to healthy uric acid balance.

Heavy, red-meat-based diets or lots of sugar-laden foods would definitely have a negative impact on immune function and promote inflammation, whereas calories in the form of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds would improve immunity.

It is known that even an extra 20 pounds can create an abundance of inflammation in the human body and lower overall immunity. Weight management is an important aspect of maintaining a balanced immune system and controlling inflammatory conditions such as Gout.


However, fast and unnatural weight loss methods are dangerous to your health AND increase uric acid levels in the body. Purines are stored in fat cells. When they are released too quickly, overload is inevitable. Your body needs the time to slowly deal with the purine release in order to excrete it from the body and avoid even more uric acid production and storage.


Exercise remains very important to your overall gout control. While attempting to gain control of your gout , we would encourage you to avoid strenuous/high impact exercise and choose a milder version temporarily. Once you have gained control of your gout, an increase is exercise levels should be well tolerated. Hydration is key, as well. 

DO I NEED TO BECOME A VEGETARIAN TO AVOID GOUT?


Believe it or not, we have a lot of vegan/vegetarian clients that still suffer with gout. Whether it be from an abundance of unfermented soy products or simple, but critical, food imbalances; their bodies are still having problems dealing with uric acid production.

Your gout diet does NOT have to be bland and boring. It can even include red meat and fresh seafood! Our products and programs allow you much more freedom in your dietary selections. We teach you how to achieve balance and how making better food source and supplement choices can go a long way towards controlling your Gout.

IS SUGAR A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO URIC ACID PROBLEMS?


YES!! Fructose increases uric acid through a complex process that causes cells to burn up their ATP rapidly, leading to "cell shock" and increased cell death (remember 70% of uric acid production comes from the death of your cells!) After eating excessive amounts of fructose, cells become starved of energy and enter a state of shock, just as if they have lost their blood supply. Massive cellular die-off leads to increased uric acid levels.

HCFS, or High Fructose Corn Syrup, is lurking in almost every processed food imaginable.

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What is Uric Acid?

Humans excrete a nitrogenous waste, uric acid. It is the product of nucleic acid, not a protein of the metabolism.

Uric acid is the end metabolism product of purine, purine being the nitrogen-containing compound that occurs in nucleic acid. Confusion arises between the purine and protein, but they're a dissimilar chemical structure entirely. Even so, most foods that contain protein, also possess purines.
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SHOULD I BE EATING LOW FAT AND FAT FREE FOODS ONLY?


Low fat and fat free foods are rarely recommended by us. In most cases, they aren't any "better", and can raise even more health concerns.

Most of these foods are chemically altered and processed to achieve the fat removal and often replaced with even more undesirable ingredients, like sugar, to enhance their taste. Fat restrictions can go way too far and can be equally as dangerous as a diet too heavy in all the wrong fats.