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Gout attacks: how to prevent them

Prevention of gout attacks: tips and tricks to prevent gout attacks that cause intense inflammation, joint pain and red skin.

When a person has high uric acid levelsit is deposited in different parts of the body (especially in the joints), where it forms uprate crystals that produce clear symptoms: intense inflammation and lacerating pain, sensation of pressure, tightness and redness.

It is very common for this uric acid to tend to especially affect small joints, as is the case of the fingers and toes (especially the big toe).

Although it can also be common to affect large joints of the body, such as the foot, ankle, knee, shoulder and elbow.

Uric acid rises in the blood when we consume a large amount of food rich in uric acid, since it is at this time that the body processes its proteins and -therefore- waste (called uric acid) remains, which is eliminated by the kidneys through urine, and to a lesser extent, through sweat.

Symptoms of gout attacks

Although the symptoms of a gout attack tend to be diverse, there is a common symptomatology that can help its diagnosis, although the best way to diagnose it is from a blood test that helps identify its blood levels:

  • Intense inflammation.
  • Pain.
  • Sensation of pressure and tightness.
  • Redness

Prevent gout attacks

There are certain useful tips for the prevention of gout attacks, which can help precisely when it comes to naturally eliminating uric acid from our body, thus helping to prevent these attacks:

  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables: bananas, watermelon or herbs such as parsley stand out above all. They are foods that facilitate the natural elimination of uric acid, while the watermelon stands out for eliminating oxalates, and the banana for dissolving purines  thanks to its lithium content.
  • Maintain a normal weight – Obesity tends to be a causative factor for gout.  Therefore, it is always advisable to avoid excess weight, maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages: Alcohol can cause uprate retention, so it is advisable to always avoid this type of beverage, even more so if you have high uric acid levels. Beer and wine stand out above all.

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