Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone. It helps us control our weight and provides the essential nutrients our bodies need to maintain good health.
At MyGoutCure, we are strong advocates of the Okinawan diet which many scientists believe is the secret to a long, healthy life. It is no wonder why the people of Okinawa have the longest live expectancy on earth! To learn more of this diet as a way of curing gout, check out the free Gout Code™ video.
Here are 5 simple tips to a balanced diet that will assist you beat gout:
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – it is recommended that you eat at least 5 portions every day. Fruit and vegetables provide an essential source of fiber, minerals and vitamins.
- Drink plenty of fluids – water is essential to life, we cannot live without it. Water helps keep the body hydrated and it flushes toxins out of our bodies. It helps reduce gout by flushing uric acid crystals out of our bodies. As a general guideline, you should look to drink around 8 large glasses of water each day.
- Cut back on and try to eliminate highly processed foods and drinks – certain foods and drinks are sweetened with artificial sugars which can significantly increase the risk of obesity and developing type 2 diabetes.
- Eat starchy foods – High starch foods such as bread, pasta and potatoes should make up around one third of our everything we eat. Eating potatoes with their skins on is a great source of fiber and vitamins.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption – there is a strong link between drinking alcohol and developing gout. Certain types of alcohol contain purines from the fermentation process and the presence of alcohol in the bloodstream triggers the production of uric acid by the liver. The consumption of alcohol also reduces the ability of the kidney to remove uric acid from the bloodstream.