People suffering from gout know that the greatest disadvantage this disease brings is its recurring nature. Gout episodes can last from days to a couple of weeks. Although the symptoms such as pain and swelling can significantly improve over these days, the fact still remains that gout attacks can still occur in the future. Until you engage in activities that can prevent gout flare ups from recurring, gout sufferers like you are still bound to suffer from inflammation and pain during periods of gout remissions.
In other words, it’s important for gout sufferers like you to observe healthy lifestyle changes to prevent gout flare ups from occurring. This includes eating the right amount and type of food and engaging in appropriate physical activities. However, the lifestyle changes required to manage gout are not limited to the changes mentioned previously. There are other simple and practical changes you can observe in your daily lives that can significantly help prevent gout attacks from occurring. Unfortunately, most gout sufferers are still ignorant of the benefits they can gain from such simple changes.
Because of the simplicity of these things, they are often taken for granted. However, you must acknowledge the benefits you can get from them. Most of them are directed towards maintaining the health of your joints. An article entitled “51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints” on arthritistoday.org summarizes these important daily tips which can significantly help gout sufferers maintain the health of their joint and leading to gout attack prevention. The succeeding paragraphs are excerpts from that article.
Compute comfortably. Your upper body should be spaced 20 to 26 inches from your computer monitor, the top of which should be at an even line with the top of your head when your head is in neutral position. Your arms should hang comfortably at your sides, elbows at a right angle, with your wrists relaxed while typing.
Ditch the high heels. Unless you’re a fashion model, chances are you can live without high heels. Experts say a three-inch heel stresses your foot seven times more than a one-inch heel. In addition, heels put extra stress on your knees and may increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Break it up. Instead of eating two or three big meals each day, try spreading out your munching into a number of smaller meals throughout the day. Research shows that grazing throughout the day boosts your metabolism, helping your body run more efficiently (and keeping the pounds off).