One of the great things about living in a diverse, urban community like our Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the wide range of culinary experiences one can have. For those who want to sample the various offerings from our local restaurants, you may be interested in Taste of Dallas 2016. This three-day event coming up later in June promises “full plates and full stomachs” for those who wish to attend.
If you are one of the over 8 million Americans who live with gout, you might think it is in your best interest to take a pass on the festival, but gout-safe eating tips can help you navigate any food festival like a pro.
Gout is a form of arthritis that develops on account of uric acid that builds up and crystalizes in joints, especially at the base of the big toe. Uric acid is a natural byproduct of food breakdown, but it is supposed to be filtered in the kidneys and then flushed out in urine. When the body produces too much, or doesn’t dispose of it as intended, issues arise. Fortunately, a good eating plan can help. This includes:
- Limit the amount of fish, poultry, and meat you consume. Small amounts (less than 4 oz. per day) may actually be tolerable, but it is important to stay mindful of what you are eating.
- Consume low-fat dairy products. Milk, yogurt, cheese, and other low-fat dairy products can help to replace the protein you are missing out on by avoiding meats. Additionally, they actually may provide protection against gout.
- Drink lots of water. Pass on sweetened beverages (especially those that contain high-fructose corn syrup) in place of water so you can stay well-hydrated. This will help your body to filter out the uric acid that otherwise builds up and causes problems.
- Center your diet on whole grains and veggies. We will be glad to help you create a gout-safe diet that is based on foods that not only reduce your risk of a painful gout flare, but also will contribute to better overall health and fitness.
- Limit your alcohol consumption. This is particularly important with regard to beer, as it is rich in purines (which lead to excess uric acid) and tends to be worse for a gouty condition than other forms of alcohol.
Call us toll-free at (888) 716-5283 or schedule an appointment at either of our Dallas-Fort Worth area offices online today.
Gout-safe eating can definitely help you to manage the condition and lower the risk of a painful gout flare, but do not underestimate the benefit of getting professional treatment here at Dallas Podiatry Works. We can provide further information on medications and diet, so you can attend food festivals armed with a gout prevention plan.
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