Gout is a chronic arthritis which is caused by metabolic disruption that is being expressed in increased concentration of urine acid (uric acid) in the joints. Gout pain could appear suddenly and in great intensity, with redness, swelling, sensitivity and sometimes light fever could appear as well.
Purine rich foods (nucleic acids) increase urine acid production and enlarge the risk of gout. Purine rich foods are: fish, internal organs, meat products, sea-foods and yeast. In addition, one should avoid alcohol (alcohol delays the evacuation of uric acid through the kidneys), caffeine, saturated fat, cocoa and sugar. People who suffer from obesity and/or hypertension have a higher risk to become ill with gout, therefore a gradual and moderate weight loss might help.