Medications are the most proven, effective way to treat gout symptoms. However, making certain changes to your diet also may help.
The American Dietetic Association recommends following these guidelines during a gout attack:
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- Drink 8 to 16 cups (about 2 to 4 liters) of fluid each day, with at least half being water.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Eat a moderate amount of protein, preferably from healthy sources, such as low-fat or fat-free dairy, tofu, eggs, and nut butters.
- Limit your daily intake of meat, fish and poultry to 4 to 6 ounces (113 to 170 grams).
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