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The gout free diet consists of low purine or modified purine diet may help prevent gout. The gout free diet to prevent gout puts and emphasis on dairy products, vegetable protein and water intake and a decrease in high purine foods. When this gout free diet is used, studies have shown that gout symptoms decrease and people can actually prevent the sudden, painful attacks of gout.

The gout free diet to prevent gout consists of avoiding certain foods and eating lots of cherries and strawberries, avoiding alcohol, drinking lots of water and maintaining a healthy weight.

Gout is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints, especially the joint of the big toe. This causes painful feet. Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Uric acid may build up because either the body creates too much uric acid or the uric acid is prevented from being excreted by the body. High blood pressure medications can prevent uric acid from being excreted. Purines consumed in the diet account for about 50% of the uric acid produced in the body.

The following are guidelines for the gout free diet for the prevent of gout:

Avoid foods with high purine levels. The following foods contain high purines levels. This is not a complete list. Please ask your doctor for a list of every food to avoid.

Avoid eating anchovies, bouillon, brains, broth, consommé, dried legumes, goose, gravy, heart, herring, kidneys, liver, mackerel, meat extracts, mussels, mushrooms, organ meats, partridge, roe, sardines, scallops, shrimp, sweetbreads, yeast (bakers and brewers), yeast extracts.

The following foods should be eaten only in small amounts in the gout free diet to prevent gout: Poultry, fish and shellfish.

Along with the low or modified-purine diet, medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids and allopurinol are used to treat gout. In addition, it is important to substitute dairy products such as milk, eggs and cheese for the missing purine containing foods in order to reduce the chances of developing gout. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, those that consumed these dairy products in large amounts reduced the risk of developing gout by 50%.

The following foods are good to eat on the gout free diet to prevent gout:

Butter, carbonated beverages, cereals and cereal products, cheese, cocoa, corn, cornbread, eggs, fruit juices, fruits, ice cream, milk, noodles, nuts, refined wheat flour, tapioca, vegetables, white bread and crackers and white rice. In a purine-modified diet, it is ok to have some protein foods not to exceed 100 grams per day. In one ounce of meat, there are 7 grams of protein. Bread and grains have about 3 grams of protein per serving. One serving is one slice of bread or a cup of grain. Protein can be obtained by eating milk, eggs and cheese because these foods are high in protein and low in purines.

In addition, the gout free diet to prevent gout includes maintaining a healthy body weight because when you are overweight or obese, toxins and metabolic by-products increase in the body and may increase your risk for developing gout.

Furthermore, the gout free diet to prevent gout includes the recommendation to avoid alcohol in excessive amounts. Alcohol raises levels of uric acid which leads to hyperuricemia and may cause gout.

Although it is important to drink lots of water to prevent gout, you should make sure that your drinking water is not contaminated with lead. You should also avoid lead in the environment because lead exposure increases your risk of developing gout.

Cherries and strawberries have shown to have a particular helpful effect on gout so these foods should be eaten every day on the gout free diet to prevent gout.

If you choose to follow the gout free diet to prevent gout, you should see your doctor first. Tell him which medications and vitamins that you are taking and be sure to see your doctor regularly for follow-up. If you carefully follow the gout free diet to prevent gout, maintain a healthy weight, watch your blood pressure, drink lots of water and exercise regularly avoiding joint stress, you should be successful in efforts to prevent gout.

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