Gout and Paleo Diet – Follow or Not?

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The world of diets is changing and advancing as we speak. But, still older and well-known diets are the best and the most popular. This isn’t always true. There are a lot of misconceptions.

The first thing you need to memorize that even if a diet is perfect for most humans, it may be dangerous for gout sufferers. This is one claim I will try to expose in the best manner possible.

All of the above brings us to one question. Is it about gout and Paleo diet? So, should you follow this diet starting today or forgetting that it exists starting right now? The answer is very simple than you can imagine but first, you will need to know something about this diet.

What is the Paleo diet actually and what it recommends?

Paleo diet is also known as the Paleolithic diet and it has been with us for decades. Basically, the goal of the diet is to eat the same things as our ancestors ate in caves. This is the truth and this is the base of the diet.

According to the diet, you should eat meat daily and with every meal. Fruits and vegetables are allowed but not as desirable as meat.

What is more concerning is the fact that diet doesn’t allow you to eat dairy products and whole grains. As you can assume, they should be replaced with meat. The diet is also indirect when it comes to which types of meat you should eat. However, it generalizes that all types of meat are beneficial.

The diet is apparently based on research, which claims that meat was the primary food source 10.000 years ago and that we need to embrace our destiny.

The fact was exposed a while back when anthropologists revealed that our ancestors ate more vegetables and fruit than meat. After all, these two were far common and far easier to find than meat. It was difficult to hunt the animals and fruit and vegetables were much easier. As such, the diet seems strange.

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How gout and the Paleo diet are connected?

As you can see, there are a lot of facts in the Paleo diet which may sound confusing and not appealing if you suffer from gout. Gout and Paleo diet are connected more than you may believe and they should be explained properly.

First of all, this isn’t a healthy diet. The leaders of Paleo were surprisingly unhealthy people. For example, Seth Roberts collapsed at age 60 and he had coronary artery disease. Another leader of the diet, Adelle Davis suffered from multiple myeloma.

What I am trying to say, eating in larger amount isn’t healthy and it isn’t natural. Your body needs fiber and phytochemicals that are not present in meat, not at all!

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Furthermore, consuming meat will slow down the digestive tracts and also kidney processes. For gout sufferers, it means that the uric acid won’t be eliminated from the body as quickly as it should. After eating meat we are tired and we need rest which is one of the side effects of this diet. This slows us down and eliminates our physical activity which is crucial for all gout sufferers.

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It also means that you are at a higher risk of a gout attack. The best thing would be to avoid Paleo diet even if you don’t have gout.

What you should do?

In one word, gout and Paleo diet are two completely opposite things. The diet tells you to eat as much meat as possible, while we all know that a gout patient needs to consume meat in very low amount possible.

As a matter of fact, you must not consume more than 4 ounces per day and if possible skip a few days that are based on meat. You will feel better. Consume more fruits and vegetables and whole grains alongside dairy products. This is completely opposite than Paleo diet suggests. The bottom line is that gout and Paleo diet should not be connected. This isn’t a healthy diet for ordinary people and it is even dangerous for gout sufferers. Instead, eat foods that are rich in fiber and also in phytochemicals.

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