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Gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis that creates hot, swollen, and tender joints. It is most often felt in the joints of the foot, especially the big toe. Gout occurs when there are high levels of uric acid in the blood, which form into crystals and gather in joints, causing pain. Certain genetic factors can predispose people to gout, but the leading cause of gout is lifestyle choices, like diet. Though a gout-friendly diet cannot cure the disease, it can help reduce the level of uric acid in the bloodstream and lower the occurrence of painful attacks.

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1. Remove Organ Meats From Your Diet

To reduce the level of uric acid in the bloodstream, one must limit the amount of purines they consume. As these purines get broken down by the liver, it produces uric acid. So, by restricting purine intake from food, a person can prevent a uric acid buildup. Meat from organs, like kidneys and liver, are higher in purines than other cuts of meat, so they should be avoided. Consider replacing them with different cuts of meat like flank or chuck.

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