How to Prevent Gout Attacks

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Drink plenty of water. Since gout is caused by uric acid, the kidneys need to be able to filter foods you eat. Take in 6 to 8 glasses a day. Water helps the kidneys clean the blood.

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Exercise more and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Being overweight is a common contributor to gout. Weight reduction can help lower outbreaks of gout.

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Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages if you have gout. These can cause dehydration making it difficult for the kidneys to work correctly. Also, acidic drinks such as sodas and coffee should be avoided.

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Take your medications for high blood pressure. High blood pressure can make gout occur more frequently. Make sure you ask your doctor to make sure any medicine you are taking is not causing your gout.

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Lower your meat intake. Purine in shellfish and meat is a cause for increased gout.

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Take vitamin C. It has been shown to help flush the acids from the body that cause gout.

Tips and Warnings

  • Exercise
  • Drink water
  • Maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle
  • Talk to your doctor if you have pain and swelling in any joints. Gout is usually followed by redness and pain.