Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by high levels of uric acid (one of the body’s waste products) in the blood. Previous recommendations were to omit the amount of high purine-containing foods (purine is a precursor to uric acid) like organ meats, anchovies, and sardines.

However, avoiding these foods has little impact on uric acid levels; current recommendations are therefore to maintain ideal weight, avoid consuming excessive alcohol, and drink at least two liters of fluids a day (preferably water, herbal tea, club soda, or low sodium vegetable juice). If this condition does not improve your doctor may prescribe medication. Please consult a physician for treatment of gout.