The holiday season comes with many indulgences. But when you suffer from gout, you may not be able to enjoy everything the holiday season offers. Making smart decisions about how you enjoy your holidays will lead to an enjoyable time of year without gout flare-ups.
In this post, I am going to share with you five ways you can enjoy the holidays with little to no worry about experiencing a gout attack. By following these steps, you’ll know you’re doing your best to avoid a flare-up while getting the most joy out of the holiday season.
#1: Watch What You Drink
For many, the holidays are a time to enjoy a few drinks when celebrating with family, friends and co-workers. The holidays are a great time of year to raise a toast to all of the great memories of the previous and also to look forward to the coming year. However, too much of good thing can turn painful if you have gout.
If you have gout, it is wise not to drink at all, however if you’re going to have a drink during a holiday party or at a family dinner, reach for red wine. Other popular drinks like beer and liquor tend to cause a flare-up
#2: Drink Plenty of Water
If you have a history of gout, make sure you drink plenty of water during the holiday season. Drinking more water will cause you to use the bathroom more, thus helping to flush out the holiday alcohol you consume from your system. Another benefit of drinking more water daily is it will also help the body to flush out additional purines from holiday food, too.
#3: Drink Cherry Juice Daily
Cherry juice helps to reduce uric acid levels in the body. A recently published study consisted of 120 participants was conducted over a 12-month period. The research results showed the individuals drinking cherry juice daily enjoyed consistently lower levels of uric acid in their blood. Not only does cherry juice help to reduce uric acid levels, it also helps to reduce inflammation naturally.
#4: Skip the Salt
Did you know salt dehydrates the body? So the issue isn’t about salt itself, but how salt dehydrates the body. It is when the body becomes dehydrated, is when your body may experience higher uric acid levels.
In addition, to skipping the salt, you may also want to avoid the consumption of high sodium foods, too. These foods include store-bought gravy and ham. Also, as mentioned in #2, drinking water helps to keep you hydrated.
#5: Try to Avoid Food with High Fructose Corn Syrup
In today’s world, it is hard to avoid food with high fructose corn syrup. The reason you want to avoid this ingredient is because fructose corn syrup may lead to an increase in uric acid levels. Look for homemade items including desserts, gravy, etc. Avoid the store-bought cookies, pies, alcoholic drinks mixed with drinking soda and other pre-packaged foods. If possible, read the labels of the food offered at office holiday parties.