Helpful gout arthritis tip – drinking water

Helpful gout arthritis tip – drinking water


– Kia ora, my names Dave Cox. I work for Arthritis New Zealand. And what I want to share with
you today is a very quick tip, in the management of gout arthritis. And gout arthritis is
probably the most painful form of arthritis there is, but
it is the most treatable. So there’s a lot that
people can do if they’ve got gout arthritis, which
should make things easier. New Zealand’s got the highest
rate of gout arthritis in the world, so, yeah, we’ve
got a particular problem here. Gout arthritis can be successfully
managed and that usually will include seeing your GP, taking any medication as prescribed, and making sure that you try to stay as active as possible, and
keep your weight under control. All those are important aspects of monitoring gout arthritis. But the one thing that I
want to share with you today, is a very quick and easy tip
about one thing that people can do if they’ve got gout arthritis. And that is this, water. People with gout arthritis
need to drink plenty of water. It helps your body get rid
of uric acid, which is, well it’s the cause of gout. So yeah, water is one of the
best things you can drink along with things like
coffee, providing you don’t put sugar in it and milk. And so keeping well hydrated
is really important. But if you want to drink
water, this probably isn’t the way to drink it. Because, you know, a plastic
bottle is not that great for the environment. So I would suggest
swapping that with this. Now you can fill this up from your tap. Tap water is free and readily available. So taking along some water
with you, if you’re not able to access a tap, is a great
way to keep well hydrated. So I think that’s my tip. If you wanted more information and advice about managing gout
arthritis, then please call Arthritis New Zealand at 0800-663-463 or join us on our website
with is arthritis.org.nz and we’ll see you there. Thank you, cheers.

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