Preventing Gout Attacks - How to Prevent a Gout Attack

Preventing gout is the best remedy for gout attacks. I had my first gout attack at age 36. It’s not unusual for people in their 30’s to 50’s to have gout attacks. Fortunately, they won’t kill you, but they’ll certainly hurt like the dickens.

There are two ways to prevent gout attacks: Go on daily medication, or regulate your diet. Let’s examine how both these approaches prevent gout.

Preventing Gout Medication

As we know all medications have side effects. My theory of why these side effects occur is the use of synthetics in the gout medication manufacturing process.

One of the popular medications is Allopurinol (aka: Zyloprim, Lopurin, Purinol) This drug is taken to prevent a gout attack. It can’t help alleviate one.

This drug prevents uric acid from forming. We form uric acid breaking down purines from rich foods. Patients taking Allopurinol must be sure to consume sufficient water daily.

These purine rich foods are:

Beer and Alcohol
Anchovies and Sardines
Organ meats like Liver and Kidney’s
Gravy and Meat extracts

Mushrooms, Spinach, Asparagus, Cauliflower
Excessive Meat Consumption

After my first gout attacks I was prescribed Allopurinol, but I gave it up shortly thereafter, as I was not willing to risk the side effects. Everyone must make their own medical decisions. Your doctor can recommend treatment, but you are the one responsible for your health decisions.

Stop Gout Pain

If you’ve already had a sudden gout attack, you can fix it. You can get a prescription to stop an attack, take ibuprofenn, or megadose with nutritionals. Drink plenty of water because your body needs it to flush out the uric acid crystals. Ibuprofen can dull, or take the pain away temporarily, but is not a cure.

For me the preferred method of preventing gout attacks was to change my eating habits. Through trial and error, writing down what I ate, research, and enduring some gout attacks, I have been able to mostly avoid gout attacks.

Here are the foods that effect me:

Over consuming beef, or turkey. (I don’t eat organ meats)
Thanksgiving over-consumption of Turkey and gravy
More than two tangerines per day
Too much meat gravy
Not drinking enough water
Too much soda consumption

I am sensitive to steak and turkey. I limit consumption to 4-6 ounces per meal. I also limit rich gravies with mushrooms. I also try not to eat too many meals in a row with turkey, or steak. On one occasion chicken brought on a gout attack, as I had been eating too much protein, and not enough green foods.

I don’t eat asparagus, or cooked spinach, so I’ve never had a problem with them. I’ve never had a problem with raw spinach, or any type of cauliflower.

Once I have had an attack, soda consumption tends to slow down relief, or cause the attack to re-occur. We need pure water to flush the uric acid crystals out of our joints.

Find Your Gout Attack Causes

The best way to figure out what causes your gout attack is to write down everything you consumed in the last 24-48 hours prior to the attack. You will see the offending problem foods that effect you.

Supplements for Gout

Many have had good results with a daily dose of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. The cloudier the better.

Some have good results with drinking Organic Black Cherry Juice. Many drink this a a gout preventive. It is a good alkaline drink. i also Drink Alkaline Water.

My best results have come with limiting my diet of foods that cause gout, and taking Omega 3’s The omega 3 supplement I currently take is a green lipped mussel capsule. I usually take 3 a day. When I used them while recovering from a gout attack I took 6 a day. Gout is an inflammatory disease so any anti-inflammatory foods are helpful. Return to Top of Preventing Gout

Preventing Gout Updated 12/22/2010