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Diet to manage and prevent Gout

Diet to manage and prevent Gout

Gout pain

Gout or gouty arthritis is a disease mainly due to high uric acid levels in the blood. Uric acid is one of the end products of protein metabolism. It has been categorised into acute, where it affects one joint mostly the large toe and chronic where it can affect more than one joint. Uric acid accumulates whenever there is an excessive breakdown of protein in our body or in our diets.

The kidneys are unable to eliminate the excess uric acid, which then form crystals which build up in the joints causing inflammation and can be highly painful as my clients say. High uric acid levels can also cause kidney stones over a period of time.

Risk factors to develop gout

  • Hereditary-Genetics can play a role in patients developing gout.
  • Overweight/obese conditions- mainly due to more tissue or protein available for breakdown
  • Gender- Risk is higher in males than females
  • High intake of purine rich food
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Poor water intake
  • Exposure to cold weather conditions

How can you prevent/manage gout-

  • Avoid foods rich in purines such as organ meats, meat extracts, fish such as mackerel, sardines, herring and mussels, yeasts and limit those foods that contain moderate amount of purines such as whole grains, cauliflower, spinach, legumes such as beans, peas etc, mushrooms, meat soups, broths, asparagus, oats, chicken, wheat germ etc.
  • Lose weight and try maintain ideal body weight.
  • Eat a balanced diet of 55-65% of carbohydrates, 10-15% protein and 25-30% of fats in our diets.
  • Restrict/ eliminate alcohol.
  • Hydrate well. Drink at least 2-4 litres of water and other fluids daily.
  • Exercise daily.

There has always been a debate that eating less protein can control gout and many blindly follow very low protein diets, but studies show that eating the right amount of protein per day can help. A qualified dietitian can help you to determine your daily protein requirements and help you to eat better and maintain an ideal body weight.

Asthma and diet

Asthma and diet


Asthma results when triggers cause swelling of the tissues in the air passages of the lung, making it difficult to breathe. Typical symptoms of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Food triggered asthma is unusual.

Check out how diet can affect asthma in different ways.

First, some foods can provoke asthma attacks by causing an allergic reaction. Foods that trigger attacks (according to your susceptibility), can be:

  • Foods containing the additives benzoates(E210-19), sulphites
    (E220-8) or gallates (E310-12)
  • Cider, wine and beer
  • Foods containing yeast or mould, such as bread and blue cheese
  • Foods, drinks and snacks containing colorings E102, E104 and E110
  • Cow”s milk, cereals (wheat), eggs, fish, soy, and nuts (especially

At the same time Food can also help to control the severity of an attack. One of the best-known foods for doing this is coffee, due to
the caffeine.

Some Foods can actually dilate air passageways, by thinning the mucus and opening them up for freer breathing. The foods in this category include the spicy, pungent foods like chili, hot mustard, garlic  and onions. Thesehot foods work by stimulating nerves, resulting in the release of watery fluid in the mouth, throat and lungs.

some foods can control inflammation of the. that help to do this include
onions (these are particularly good), fatty fish (fish oil is a  proven anti-inflammatory high in omega  3 fatty acids and vitamin C-packed foods.

To Control Asthma eat plenty of:

  • Foods rich in  B vitamins such as green leafy vegetables and pulses
  • Good sources of magnesium such as sunflower seeds and dried figs
    People who have asthma and are obese, show improved lung function
    when they lose weight, so perhaps the most important reason for eating
    a healthy diet is for weight control. A healthy diet may also help to
    reduce the symptoms of asthma by adding natural anti-inflammatory
    foods and by avoiding food allergies that might provoke asthma

Food as Natural Medicine:

Some foods can improve your health because of compounds they contain called phytochemicals, bioflavonoids, or essential fatty acids. If you have asthma, you may wish to increase your consumption of foods that are natural anti-inflammatory agents and anti-histamines. These include:

  • Apples and red onions for quercetin.
  • Walnuts, soy, and oily fish for their Omega 3 essential fatty
  • Berries and Colorful fruits that have several different healthy