According to Web M.D., more and more of us are feeling the pain associated with gout and it’s on the rise, affecting more than 8 million people in America.
Dr. Stevie Dejuan Springer visited the set of New Mexico Living to highlight what triggers symptoms of gout and how to avoid pain and swelling.
Steps for getting the pain and swelling of a gout attack under control:
- Take anti-inflammatory medication as soon as possible
- Ice and elevate the joint
- Drink plenty of fluids (no alcohol or sweet sodas)
- Call your doctor and make an appointment.
- Relax; stress can aggravate gout.
Tips to prevent increased uric acid levels and gout:
- Watch your weight
- Eat fresh fruit, vegetables, whole wheat products and some pulses (high in purine) every day
- Enjoy low-fat milk and dairy products daily
- Keep an eye on the purine content of food
- Eat no more than 100g of meat, sausages, fish, and poultry a day
Food options with Gout:
- Low-fat dairy products
- Grains and starch
- Fruits and vegetables
- Vitamin C: Good natural source grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, bell peppers, tomatoes, and avocados.
- Lean proteins in moderation
- Coffee, tea, carbonated beverages.
Foods to limit if you suffer from gout, include:
- Beer and liquor
- Red meat and organ meats (liver, tongue and sweetbreads)
- Shellfish such as shrimp and lobster
- Refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, pasta, sugar)
- Processed foods (chips, snack foods, frozen dinners)
- Sugary beverages.
For more tips visit Wise and Well with Dr. Stevie DeJuan Springer.