Living in Houston has so many benefits that sometimes it can be hard to
keep track of them all! One we hope you take advantage of is the wide
selection of healthy dining options in our city. Whether you order the
Lebanese chicken fattoush salad at Barnaby’s, any of Beck’s
Prime’s “burger in a bowl” selections, or the vegan
fare from Café TH, you can feel good not only enjoying delicious
cuisine, but also providing essential nourishment for your body!
There are many benefits for adhering to a healthy diet, including weight
maintenance, greater energy, lower blood pressure, and healthy body tissues.
Well, we have one more to add to the list that many people don’t
think about – managing and preventing gout.
Gout is an
arthritic condition caused by a process the body uses to break down food. During the breakdown
cycle, uric acid is released as a byproduct. This is completely normal,
but when excessive amounts are produced, or the body is unable to release
the uric acid through urination, it settles into joints, builds up, and
crystallizes over time. Uric crystals often have sharp points that can
irritate soft tissues surrounding joints.
The uric acid buildup and crystallization can happen in many different
joints, but it commonly occurs in the one found at the base of the big toe.
Dietary choices play a big role with this condition, because some foods
lead to the production of greater quantities of uric acid than others.
These include alcohols, sweetened beverages, organ meats, red meat, seafood,
and refined carbohydrates. Avoiding, or at least limiting, these foods
and beverages will help reduce your risk of gout flares. Consider replacing
them with tea, whole grains, low-fat dairy, legumes, fruits, and vegetables,
and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
If you experience intense pain from gout attacks, come see us and find
out how we can help you manage the condition. Gout treatment is one of
the many services we provide at Houston Foot Specialists to keep your
lower limbs healthy and pain-free! Contact our Houston, TX office at (713)
467-8886 for more information or
request an appointment online so we can provide the effective care you need.