This is the reason why your joints are painful and inflamed. Uric acid is a normal product in your body – it is a substance that breaks down purines in your body which are found in certain foods that we eat, in addition to being found in human cells. When your body overproduces uric acid, you’re at risk for developing gout. But, why would your body overproduce uric acid.
• Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis.
• It can affect various joints in the body, not just the big toe.
• Repeat gout attacks can eventually lead to disablement.
• The incidence of gout worldwide has doubled over the past 20 years.
• Gout isn’t just a disease of the rich, those who overeat, or those who drink alcohol to excess.
• There’s certainly a link between obesity and gout, but not all obese people will have gout.
• There’s also a link between alcohol and gout, but not all people with gout drink alcohol.
Home remedies for Gout
1. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is used to treat gout because its acidity relieves the acute pain associated with gout and other types of arthritis. The vinegar increases the body’s alkalinity and has anti-inflammatory properties. Some individuals also add honey to the apple cider vinegar because of honey’s anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Drink Plenty Fluids / Water:
This is perhaps the most important home remedy for gout because it’s more difficult for urate crystals to precipitate out of uric acid in a well-hydrated body.
And drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day helps your kidneys to flush-out excess uric acid more easily.
So, drinking sufficient fluids not only helps to excrete excess uric acid more efficiently, it also helps to prevent future gout flares.
Finally, drinking plenty of fluids helps to reduce the risk of painful kidney stones and kidney infections.
3. Ginger root:
Ginger root is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been found to be mildly effective in easing the pain associated with inflamed joints. When treating gout with ginger root, individuals can use ginger root in recipes and/or mix ginger root with warm or boiling water and drink as a tea. Ginger root can also be used topically as a paste to relieve pain associated with gout.
4. Vitamin C:
Studies around this particular natural home remedy for gout have shown that vitamin C can increase urinary excretion of uric acid and therefore lower blood uric acid levels. One also found a link between higher intake of vitamin C and a lower gout risk. So eat lots of vegetables and fruits, especially oranges, mandarins, etc. You can also get it in supplement form of course, but it’s preferable to get your vitamin C through fruit and vegetables, if you can, since they’re also more nutritious and contain important fiber and protective elements that supplements don’t.
5. Baking soda:
Baking soda increases your body’s alkalinity. Users take baking soda to relieve gout pain by dissolving ½ teaspoon of baking soda in water and drinking multiple glasses per day. Baking soda lowers the amount of uric acid in the body, which leads to pain relief. The reports of baking soda and its effect on gout are slim, though the recommended dose for treatment is up to 4 teaspoons per day. If you suffer from high blood pressure and/or monitor your salt intake, you should consult with a doctor first before trying this treatment method. If you are pregnant or suffer from things like hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, liver or kidney disease, appendicitis, or intestinal bleeding, etc., then you should AVOID the baking soda remedy altogether. If you’ve been given the go-ahead by your doctor, to take it, dissolve 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water in a large glass.
Buchu is a small dark green-leaved shrub that is native to the Cape region of South Africa. Its leaves have oil glands that release an aroma that’s similar to that of blackcurrants.
Buchu has been used to treat digestive problems, rheumatism, inflammation, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, kidney stones and gout, for 100s of years.
This herbal remedy, when taken as a tea for example, has been shown to aid in the dissolution of uric acid crystals and their excretion from the body which, in turn, helps to relieve painful gout symptoms.
7. Consume foods that are rich in Magnesium:
Foods that contain plenty of magnesium are an important part of a diet for all gout patients. Some examples of such foods are seeds, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and greens. An adult man needs 400 mg of magnesium per day. You can get the same result by consuming magnesium supplements if you like an easy way.
8. Lemon juice:
Lemon juice is often combined with baking soda in the treatment of gout to neutralize the excess uric acid in the body. The lemon juice and baking soda work together alkanize the body. Most individuals who attempt this method will mix the lemon juice directly with the baking soda. After it stops fizzing, drink the mixture right away. Ingesting this combo multiple times throughout the day helps to minimize gout pain.
9. Hot and cold compress:
This physical home remedy for gout can be very effective: Applying alternating hot (3 minutes) then cold (30 seconds) compresses around the joint can provide pretty fast natural pain relief. Repeat until the water cools, then reheat as necessary. You can also use a basin or large bowl, but be careful to test the water before immersion. And always finish on cold. So there you have it, ten natural home remedies for gout.
10. Try to decrease Stress:
A life without stress is impossible these days. There is no single method to avoid it unless you live in the wild. A natural treatment for gout can be to use methods that decrease stress. The best examples are exercising, yoga, meditation, reading, and anything that makes you happy.
11. Epsom salt:
Epsom salt is used regularly by those who suffer from arthritis and gout. The Epsom salt is high in magnesium and is used to relax muscles. Mix Epsom salt with bath water and soak to relieve the aches and pains associated with gout and other forms of arthritis. Some tout Epsom salt as one of the most effective topical treatments for gout. It works by repairing the alkalinity in the body. Soak in an Epsom salt bath for 30 minutes for maximum pain relief.
12. Celery and the seeds:
Celery and the seeds are a powerful home remedy for gout. However, seeds are a bit more effective and more popular remedy. They contain luteolin, beta-selinene and 3nB (3-n-butylphthalide). The most important of the three is the luteolin. It decreases nitric oxide which is a by-product of uric acid production. In high dosages, nitric oxide can cause inflammation.
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