Gout attacks are unpredictable; however, there are steps you can take to help reduce the frequency of these attacks. It all starts with developing a healthy lifestyle. Here are some changes to consider that will help reduce gout attacks.
- Cut back on alcohol and foods high in purines. Foods high in purines, like fatty meats and shellfish, as well as alcohol (particularly beer), increase the uric acid levels in the body. Try to limit your consumption of these and consider foods with vitamin C, cherries, and coffee – all of which can help prevent gout attacks. Limit alcohol intake and try to drink as much water as possible to stay hydrated. This will help flush uric acid out of your system and prevent crystals from forming.
- Reduce stress. We all know it isn’t possible to completely remove stress from our lives. There are ways to reduce it, however. If you feel stressed, find a way to unwind and calm down. Some go for a walk, some listen to music or play it, and some meditate or paint… There are so many relaxing activities out there waiting to be tried. Don’t you think it’s worth it if it keeps gout away? We think so!
- Get some exercise. Exercising has many benefits for the body. Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for developing gout. If you already have gout, though, exercising can help you get to a healthy weight as well as help you manage stress.
- Catch some ZZZs. Rest and sleep are important, so try to get at least 8 hours each night. If you have a gout attack, rest the affected joint to help manage symptoms.
- Consider supplements. It’s possible that some dietary and herbal supplements can help with gout. Turmeric helps reduce inflammation while bromelain (found in the stems of pineapples) is believed to help prevent gout entirely. Before seeking the help of any supplements, contact your doctor to discuss the options best for you.