Inflammation and Gout
Many health professionals are urging those with gout, and other inflammatory diseases, to become more aware of how food choices determine the amount of inflammation in the body. Everyone is familiar with inflammation – a scraped knee that becomes hot, swollen, and infected is an example of inflammation – but not everyone knows the connection between inflammation and food.
The amount and types of food eaten plays a part in determining the amount of inflammation in the body. Some foods stimulate the release of more anti-inflammatory chemicals, while others stimulate the production of inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals are called prostaglandins.
The Inflammation Factor Rating (IF) system was developed by author and nutritionist Monica Reinagel to give individuals suffering from inflammatory issues, like gout and other arthritis-related disease, a way to make better food choices. By eating more anti-inflammatory foods, individuals gain relief from gout. However, because gout is such a painful diease, and so closely related to diet, gout sufferers would be wise to consult with their doctor or dietician before making any changes, such as eating high IF foods, to their dietary plans for gout foods to eat.