Gout is one of those conditions that not only require medication but also lifestyle changes. A change in lifestyle means you need to eliminate certain bad habits that contribute to a gout attack. We’re not just talking about diet. Little things such as not drinking enough water or wearing poorly fitted shoes can lead to a gout flare. This is why you need to be mindful of your habits and keep track of your common triggers.
Eating High Purine Foods
The biggest and most common trigger for gout is high purine foods. This is because purine breaks down into uric acid in the body which can accumulate and lead to a gout attack. In order to stay healthy with gout, you need to keep an eye on your purine intake making sure you are not consuming too much.
Foods that are high in purine include seafood, alcohol, organ meats, red meat, desserts, and sugary beverages. Some vegetables are also high in purines. That said, they are not as risky to eat since their vitamin and mineral content often counteracts the harmful effect of the purines.