When a gout attack strikes, it can hamper everyday activities and throw a wrench in all of your plans for a week or more. So you may rightfully wonder: “How to prevent gout attacks in the future?”.
It is important to understand that there is no known cure for gout, and flare-ups are impossible to predict. However, you may be able to reduce the frequency and severity of future attacks by switching to an alkaline diet.
The Importance of an Alkaline pH
The underlying cause of gout is a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, so treatment involves reducing the levels of uric acid in the body and preventing existing uric acid from crystallizing. In general, consuming foods that make your blood pH more acidic may increase crystallization, while consuming alkaline foods can have the opposite effect. In addition to preventing crystals from forming, an alkaline pH may also help dissolve crystals that already exist. This concept is the basis of an alkaline diet for gout.
How to Prevent Gout With an Alkaline Diet?
To achieve an alkaline pH, you need to consume foods that neutralize acidity and avoid those that make the blood more acid.
Suggestions of foods to add to your diet:
-While they are often thought of as garnishes, alkalizing alfalfa sprouts and parsley make a great addition to salad or soup.
-Raw fruits and vegetables often have a slightly alkaline pH, so these are good additions to any meal. In particular, melons, cherries, figs, dates, almonds, and asparagus all alkalize the blood.
-When it comes to flavoring your food, the most alkalizing options are cayenne pepper, raw honey, and garlic.
-Good drink options include pineapple juice, tart cherry juice, and apple juice.
Alkaline Additions to the Diet
While it is important to keep a positive alkaline balance with the foods you eat, sometimes this isn’t enough to truly shift the blood into an alkaline state. Read these useful tips to help you reach an alkaline pH:
-One way to improve your body’s alkaline balance is to mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into an 8-ounce glass of water and drink this mixture each morning. However, individuals who are prone to hypertension should not use this remedy because baking soda can raise blood pressure. Some people neutralize the baking soda by adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to it before adding the water, but you should still consult a doctor before trying this if you have high blood pressure.
-Another way to alkalize the blood is to consume 2–4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per day, either mixed in with a glass of water or sprinkled on salads or other foods.
Now you know how to prevent gout attacks, and this is with a simple diet. Increasing the alkalinity of your blood is an effective way to improve your gout symptoms and make attacks less likely.
TIP: Be sure not to give up too soon, though, because it may take a while to sufficiently alkalize your blood to notice an effect. In some cases, there may even be an initial period in which you experience severe gout flare-ups when you begin to alkalize your blood. This occurs because the uric acid crystals cause pain as they dissolve and exit the joints.
Once this initial period is past, however, you can relax and begin to enjoy a gout-free life!
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