Controlling Gout During the Holidays

Control Gout During the HolidaysThis time of year there are parties galore with temptations everywhere you turn! From rich desserts to sweet (and spiked) beverages, to savory appetizers and deluxe dinner spreads, it’s easy to overindulge. The saying “Eat, drink, and be merry” comes to mind; however, if you have, these changes in diet could make you far from a happy, jolly soul! Certain foods and drinks can trigger painful attacks, so we want to share some tips for controlling gout during the holidays.

This arthritic condition typically occurs when your body tries to break down purines from certain foods, causing a build-up of uric acid and the formation of sharp crystals in your joints. Sudden and intense pain, burning, and stiffness ensue. One key to reducing your risk is to limit or omit the things in your diet that can contribute to the problem.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you get to your holiday party. Avoid organ meats like liver, as well as red meats, poultry, and seafood such as shellfish. Instead, choose vegetables, fruits, beans, and legumes. Eating less fat and more complex carbohydrates can help too, so opt for whole grains when you can. Also, steer clear of highly sweetened beverages, and limit your alcohol intake as well—quenching your thirst with water is your best option. Take a pass on gravy too, and stay away from tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese.

Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be less likely to experience attacks of gout during the holidays, and more likely to enjoy everything that leads up to the ball drop in Times Square, and beyond!

Want to learn more? Feel free to contact Country Foot Care during regular office hours at either of our two New York locations. You can also make an appointment or submit a question through this site. Our podiatrists and staff are happy to help you with all your foot care needs.

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