Take CherryActive twice a day. Research shows drinking CherryActive (100% concentrated Montmorency cherry juice) lowers uric acid in the blood. High uric acid is the cause of gout. Usually 30ml a day keeps gout at bay. During December, we recommend doubling up to two x 30ml measures a day; or CherryActive Capsules (2-4 caps, twice a day); or one x 30ml CherryActive juice and 2 CherryActive capsules, per day.
Drink more water. Higher alcohol consumption and central heating in December can contribute to dehydration. Dehydration causes uric acid to be more concentrated in the blood, increasing the risk of a gout attack.
Cut down on beer. Alcohol can dehydrate and also interrupts uric acid elimination. Many of us over indulge during Christmas, but if you are a beer drinker, consider switching all or some to a different drink. Beer also contains high levels of purines that break down into uric acid – you can see why too much beer can precipitate an attack! Perhaps a G&T (plenty of tonic), Vodka, Lime and Soda or one of our Christmas drinks recipes. Also consider some low or no alcohol drinks and plenty of water!
Cut out high purine foods – Purines are found in a lot of foods and break down into uric acid. High uric acid levels cause gout attacks. Some high purine foods found at Christmas time are game meat, offal, seafood (prawns etc) and rich gravies.
Keep your toes warm – gout often affects the extremities, especially the toes. Cold toes and feet can help precipitate the uric acid into crystals in these delicate joints. Keep your feet warm, especially at night.
We wish you a merry and gout-free Christmas!
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