With Christmas around the corner it may well be a good time to make sure that you have gout free holidays. Christmas is a magical time and even the biggest cynic or Grinch can’t help but admit there is something awesome about getting together with loved ones and friends to eat, drink and be merry.
Having gout free holidays is all about being prepared and aware of what it is all that fantastic festive food contains that may well trigger a gout attack.
Gout Free Holidays & Food
Food over the holiday season usually means a lot of meats, gravy, vegetables, sweets, pies and candy. Any and all of these could well be a gout trigger for you.
Turkey, beef and ham are all high in purines. Which may well mean that you have anything but gout free holidays! Ham in particular is cured and salted meat. While it may well taste delicious, this combination of purines plus extra salt could well be the thing that triggers your gout.
Gravy if prepared traditionally is basically all of the fat and juices out of the roasted meat plus a little flour and gravy browning. Again these fats and juices are far from your best friend.
For some it may be that all the sugar in the desserts and candy are the thing that bring on a surge of uric acid crystals ready t attack your joints.
Gout Free Holidays & Alcohol
Alcohol is another thing that usually flows in abundance. Beer, wine and hard liquor can all be a nightmare for a gout sufferer. As a rule of thumb, wine is the best option as beer and spirits are quite acidic and hard on the body. But then it all comes down to moderation of how much you drink and be merry.
While all this sounds like there is no way that you can possibly enjoy the holiday season, there are things that you can do to help have gout free holidays.
Make sure to keep an eye on how much water you are consuming. Dehydration is one of the biggest causes of gout. While beer and wine and coffee and other drinks are still liquid, they all serve to dehydrate you. Make sure you watch the color of your urine when you go to the bathroom. If it is getting dark then drink more water. Likewise when you wake up in the morning drink a pint of water.
Make sure that you have in some gout destroying foods and supplements.
Emergen-C is a good overall preparation to help re-hydrate and fight gout.
Cherry juice can be a very useful thing to have in the cupboard to help ease any discomfort from swollen joints.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – One of the champions of the gout fighting world is something else to make sure you are stocked up on.
Above all else, educate yourself to see the warning signs that gout is on its way. Doing this helps you avoid pain so that you have happy and fun gout free holidays.
Have a fantastic time with your loved ones and remember the boy scout motto:
Thanks and Merry Christmas!
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