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March 9, 2010 by Isagenix Nutritional Sciences

Seven steps to help you lose weight without a flare-up.
Gout can be painful. It's even likely that you avoid weight loss because of concerns over triggering a flare-up. Not to worry—by following these easy weight-loss tips, you can safely lose weight and reduce risk of gout attacks.

Why lose weight at all? Apart from other health gains, losing weight is one of the best things you can do for gout. According to the latest nutritional research, maintaining a healthy body weight helps to decrease uric acid levels, which is the underlying cause of gouty arthritis.

Gout Tip 1: Choose Dairy over Meats and Seafood

If you have gout, then you are no doubt already aware that gout is linked to eating a diet rich in animal foods high in purines such as organ meats and some seafood. Foods with moderate levels of purine are also muscle meats, whole-grain breads and cereals, poultry, dried beans and peas, asparagus, spinach and mushrooms. Avoiding these foods can help you lower risk of gout attacks.

What you may not know is low-fat dairy products can help you get the protein you need without the gout. Results from a study led by Hyon K. Choi, MD, of Harvard, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that people who consumed a diet containing low-fat dairy products had a reduced risk of gout.

Replace one of your meals with a low-calorie complete meal replacement with whey and casein protein such as Isagenix IsaLean Shake. If you want to take advantage of other sources of proteins, you can also try hemp seed (as in IsaCrunch™) and nuts such as almonds or walnuts.

Gout Tip 2: Lose Weight Gradually

 Losing weight too quickly can potentially trigger a gout attack. If you're overweight and susceptible to gout you should only lose weight at a rate of 1 pound a week.

 To lose just enough but not too much, you should avoid fasting and only drop your caloric intake by 500 calories weekly. As you gradually lose weight, you'll soon see gout symptoms slowly disappear.

 As you lower calories, a great nutritional system to use for gradual weight loss is the Isagenix Total Health and Wellness System. (For nutritional cleansing, you should avoid Deep Cleansing, but Daily Cleansing is still OK.)

Gout Tip 3: Cut the Alcohol, Especially Beer

You know alcohol can trigger gout, but beer is especially known for triggering an attack. If you're looking to enjoy a bit of social drinking, be sure to choose red wine instead of beer and limit your intake to not more than 5 oz daily. Keep in mind that alcohol interferes with elimination of uric acid in the blood.

Gout Tip 4: Skip the Sugary Drinks and Desserts

Sugar-sweetened foods such as rich desserts and soft drinksc can boost risk of a gout attack. To help avoid gout (and improve weight loss), choose low-sugar alternatives such as green tea, IsaFruits or Isagenix Greens! as well as complex carbohydrates and snacks rich in fiber such as SlimCakes.

Gout Tip 5: Drink Plenty of Water

By drinking plenty of water daily, you help to remove uric acid from your body. In fact, studies show that consuming two to three quarts daily will even help prevent the formation of uric acid kidney stones.

If you dislike the flavor of your drinking water, be sure to refresh it with IsaWATER™ Alkalized Concentrate, which helps make your water taste better and is healthier. In fact, just drinking purified, healthy water—instead of sugary drinks—will make a world of difference in your results.

Gout Tip 6: Get Extra Fish Oil Via Supplements

Along with its heart health benefits, the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help with gout symptoms. According to Dr. Choi, fish oil naturally reduces inflammation. But because you don't want to be eating any seafood, taking a good quality, purified fish oil supplement such as IsaOmega Supreme™ is the way to go.  

Gout Tip 7: Get Extra Vitamin C

By boosting intake of vitamin C, you may find yourself with lower risk of gout. According to Dr. Choi's research, men who had taken vitamin C in amounts of 1,500 mg or more per day had at least a 45 percent lower risk of gout in comparison with men with an intake of less than 250 mg per day.

When taking high doses of vitamin C, be sure to pick a supplement that is gentle on your stomach like Isagenix C-Lyte®.

Goodbye Gout, Hello Health

As you take advantage of each of these tips and gradually lose weight, you'll soon notice gout symptoms slowly disappear. In fact, you'll notice more than that. You'll also notice you'll look better, feel better and be healthier.

This post contains reporting contributed by Paul Anderson, MD, and was reviewed and edited by Susie Rockway, PhD, and David Despain.

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