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I started having gout approximately 7 years ago in my late 30's, since then I've followed all the advice about diet and tried to pin down my trigger foods.
The food and drink thing is difficult as it seems to vary from person to person, for example people talk about cherries a lot as a preventive but fruit and especially Cherries are a trigger for me. I think you have to take the general food advice and then try to figure out your own triggers as well.
Anyway on with my story I'll list some food and drink opinions at the end.
So my attacks of gout were generally in my feet but sometimes the knees and very painful over time they seemed to last longer, I trawled the internet and tried everything, nothing really worked and I'd have a flair up about 6-8 times a year varying in severity.
On one of my internet searches I came across an article linking dehydration to gout and as always I thought I'd give it a go.
I now drink at least a litre of water a day and have been completely gout free for 8 months.
So do I now live like a monk and drink lots of water? Not at all, I drink beer but generally Spanish lager that isn't messed with, I avoid the colouring loaded Fosters and Carling's of the world and stick to Estrella and Mahou that is brewed in Spain.
I drink red wine (a lot) and on occasions other alcohol. I eat red meat 2 or 3 times a week.
Ok list that I have to avoid these are the 100% ones.
Dark beers or golden ones even.
All citrus fruit
Chilli (vit c)
Fresh water fish (trout, crayfish)
Anyway I hope this helps someone, we're all different and the food lists may be useless to someone where let's say pork is a 100% trigger but my main advice is to drink water 1 litre or more and especially more if you're having a alcohol I have a glass of water during the evening if I'm drinking then before bed and then in the morning, no gout for me even after a heavy night.
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