The Best Foods for Gout Relief and Gout Prevention

More and more people with gout are looking for natural ways, not only to relieve their symptoms, but also to prevent recurring gout attacks. This can be achieved through diet. In this short article, you’ll find lists of the best foods for gout relief and gout prevention…

High uric acid levels in the blood leads to the formation of urate crystals in joints and surrounding tissue. It’s formed as a byproduct of the breakdown of ‘purines’ as part of the body’s normal metabolizing process. Purines are important chemical compounds found in our bodies and our food.

Uric acid itself is a powerful antioxidant and your kidneys’ job is to process the uric acid being produced, excrete excess out of the body via urine, and leave healthy amounts circulating in the bloodstream.

The problem occurs when there is either too much acid being produced or when the kidneys aren’t working to their full potential. Under either of these scenarios insufficient is being excreted, leading to high blood uric acid, crystal formation, and thus gout.

Best Foods for Gout Relief

Gout is probably the most painful form of arthritis and is often referred to as ‘gouty arthritis.’ Gout can be excruciating and highly debilitating so the first task, at the onset of a gout attack, is to relieve the pain and inflammation and reduce swelling.

This can be achieved by eating lots of certain types of foods that have known natural anti-inflammatory powers. Some of the best foods for gout relief are:

  • cherries
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • celery

Cherries and celery are particularly effective for relieving gout symptoms.

Best Foods to Prevent Gout

As we consume and digest food throughout the day the purines in the food are continually being broken down and producing uric acid. In order to help prevent gout we need to keep our uric acid at healthy levels. This is generally agreed to be below 6 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter).

One important way that we can do this is through a diet that is relatively low in purines — more purines = more uric acid — which we can do by avoiding those foods that are relatively high in purines. These are foods such as:

  • red meat
  • offal (liver, heart, etc.)
  • game
  • poultry
  • fish (especially anchovies, sardines, herring, and mackerel)
  • shellfish (especially mussels, scallops, shrimp, and prawns)
  • yeast / yeast extract

We can then consume more low-purine foods like:

  • complex carbohydrates (pasta, rice, cereals, etc.)
  • essential fatty acids (nuts, seeds, flaxseed, small portions of tuna and other oily fish, etc.)
  • foods high in vitamin C (tangerines, red bell peppers, potatoes, red cabbage, etc.)
  • low-fat dairy
  • fresh vegetables (especially dark green leafy vegetables)
  • fresh fruit

Not only will eating low-purine foods lead to lower uric acid production, some foods, such as those high in vitamin C, have been found to actively reduce uric acid levels.

Some vegetables are moderately high in purines and should also be avoided or at the very least cut back on:

  • asparagus
  • cauliflower
  • legumes
  • mushrooms
  • dried peas
  • spinach

So there you have it, the best foods for gout relief and gout prevention.

Note: It’s very important to pay close attention to frequently recurring gout because this can lead to permanent joint damage, kidney problems, diabetes, stroke, and even heart disease, if not managed properly.

Inspire Budding Artists With a School Trip to Provence

For budding young artists, a school trip can be an eye-opening experience. It brings them into contact with new sights, scenes and ideas, and allows them to explore the artistic heritage of another part of the world while gathering inspiration for their own projects. One of the most inspiring places to do so is Provence, the region of southeastern France that, with its vivid landscapes and warm Mediterranean sunlight, has enticed artists across the centuries. Here are some of the places that promise to provide visiting students with a wealth of insight and inspiration.

Arles

A city full of fascinating history, Arles is most famous in the art world as the place that Vincent van Gogh made his home between 1888 and 1889 – the most prolific period of his life as a painter, during which he produced over 300 works. The appeal for an art-based school trip is undeniable, with scenes reminiscent of many of the legendary artist’s most iconic works visible throughout the streets, squares, and surrounding countryside – even the quality of light seems to echo the colours of his paintings. Most impressive of all is the painstakingly reconstructed bedroom of the house that Van Gogh lived and worked in, a visit to which offers a deeper appreciation of the artist’s world. Van Gogh’s legacy is not the only reason to visit Arles, however; Picasso also exhibited his works here, and a number of pieces by him can be seen at the Reattu Museum.

Aix

Another beautiful location with an important artistic history to visit on a school trip to Provence us Aix. Founded by the Romans in 123 BC, it has a long and eventful history, during which it was the medieval capital of Provence, and later an artistic and educational hub in the region. It was also the home city of Paul Cezanne, and the surrounding countryside features in many of his landscapes. There is much to see here, but two museums stand out: L’atelier Cezanne, which contains the artist’s preserved studio, and the Musee Granet, which contains the works of many celebrated artists including Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Picasso, and Van Gogh.

Nimes

For a taste of classical splendour, there are plenty of places in Provence where ancient building and sculptures can be found, but one that stands out is Nimes. Students visiting on a school trip will be impressed by the Roman Amphitheatre, the best-preserved building of its kind in France, which dates from at least the second century if not earlier, and the Roman temple known as the Maison Caree. With its elegant gardens and striking architecture, Nimes is the perfect place for students to practice their drawing skills, so be sure to bring the sketchbooks.

Camping Breakfast – It Should Be The MAN Thing

This is not a how to cook article.

It’s not an instruction manual on how to fry the perfect bacon strip, or how to flip an egg. Not even a guide to cook up a perfect plate full of food.

Camping breakfast. Start the day off right with a great one and you will be a star for the rest of the vacation. After all, it’s the service that makes camping so fantastic.

Instead, I give to you a recipe on how to give your wife a little time off in the campground. Presenting her and the family with your best breakfast served with all of those little things your family will remember for a lifetime.

The food is secondary. It’s all in the presentation.

Six basics are important. The food is secondary. It’s all in the presentation.

  • Be the Man. You must be up out of bed first. This is very important. You want to spoil the family. This is the one opportunity to show your true colors. You are waited on all of the year. Your family will love you for it so get ready to reap the rewards.
  • Make a campfire. Apart from the great food you are going to prepare and all of the service you will soon perform, the campfire is very important. It will crackle and smoke as it gets up to steam. That is what makes camping fun. Years from now that smell will be the first thing gathered from the memory bank when the word camping is spoken.
  • Cook outside. You are Camping. Don’t prepare the breakfast inside the RV. What fun is that? Since you got out of bed first, let the others take their time. As soon as the aroma of your culinary delights will hit their noses, they will come alive and you will be their hero.
  • Make the coffee or tea first. Is there anything that smells so good as fresh coffee or tea first thing in the morning? The aroma will permeate throughout the tent or RV. In no time, without prompting, people will want some and get up.
  • Cook up the best breakfast you know how. Keep everything hot. Warm up the plates either on the other burner of the stove or near the campfire. We use paper plates when we camp. Makes clean-up a lot easier.
  • Now serve the great camping breakfast outside, if the weather is good for it, or bring in doors if necessary. This is what camping is all about. The family will love you for it.

There you have it. I have always tried to be the chief cook and bottle washer on our family camping trips. After all, my wife is forever cooking and cleaning for me and the rest of the family for the entire year. I always felt the least I could do for the few times we go camping would be to be proactive.

I will be the knight in shining armor who my wife thought she married. Perhaps you will be too.