For the first stages of an attack, see the detoxification suggestions further on.
After your pain has subsided, introduce whole grains, nuts, seeds, and soy products into your meals. These foods are high in fiber, which encourages the elimination of uric acid, and soy products are excellent vegetarian sources of protein. Continue to eat several helpings of raw fruits and vegetables daily.
Berries, especially cherries, strawberries, and blueberries, neutralize uric acid. Eat fresh berries as snacks or for dessert, and drink a glass of cherry juice every day.
Flaxseeds are a highly concentrated source of essential fatty acids, the "good" fats that reduce inflammation. Add flax seeds to juices, salads, or fruit plates, or use the oil as a salad dressing.
One of the most important foods you can eat to prevent gout is fish. Eat fish such as salmon, cod, halibut, and sardines, as they reduce inflammation.
Drink as much clean water as you can. One glass every two waking hours should be your minimum consumption.
Foods to Avoid
The traditional approach for treating gout has been to eliminate from your diet foods that are high in purines: red meat, meat broths and gravies, bouillon, sweetbreads, shellfish, anchovies, sardines, herring, mushrooms, asparagus, brewer's yeast, fish, poultry, eggs, dried beans, peas, lentils, cooked spinach, and rhubarb. However, this is not only not necessary but for people with insulin resistance (the majority of gout sufferers), this can make your gout problem worse. Instead, focus on eating the foods in the recommended food list.
Rich foods aggravate gout pain. Stay away from saturated, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats and oils, and do not eat products made with refined flour or sugar.
Alcohol increases uric acid levels. If you suffer from gout, you must not drink alcohol in any form.
During an acute episode of gout, you may not feel much like eating. This response is useful, as it helps your body focus on eliminating the uric acid and discourages you from eating foods that may make the condition worse. When the pain begins, start a three-day juice fast; drink large quantities of cherry juice and green drinks (wheatgrass, chlorella, spirulina, etc.) and include plenty of clean water and herbal teas. This fast will help speed the elimination of uric acid and reduce inflammation. Do not fast for more than three days, however, as prolonged periods without food can have a reverse effect and actually raise the levels of uric acid in your body.
After the fast, limit yourself to raw fruits and vegetables (along with juices, herbal teas, and water) for several days or until the pain subsides. These foods will encourage further elimination of uric acid and will re-alkalize your body's internal environment.