Gout is a fickle type of arthritis that was made famous by King Henry VIII of England and referred to as the “disease of kings”.
However, research has shown that this uncomfortable and painful condition can be due to a component in many people’s diets.
When a person consumes foods high in purine, the body turns it into uric acid. According to the Mayo Clinic, this acid can then form crystals around your joints. This is what causes the debilitating pain associated with gout.
Although this condition is incredibly common and painful, all hope is not lost. Many people have found natural ways to prevent or improve their gout.
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1. Avoid Foods & Drinks with High Purine
Livestrong.com lists several foods to avoid if you have, or want to prevent gout. They contain high levels of purine, which the body can turn into uric acid crystals.
These foods include organ meats, some types of seafood, and certain beans.
Seafoods high in purine include anchovies, scallops, and tuna.
Other things that can increase your risk of gout are alcohol; particularly beer, soda, refined carbohydrates, and fruit juice.
These should all be consumed in limited quantities, if at all, to prevent the build up of uric acid.
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2. Start Eating Fruits & Veggies
While there are many foods to avoid, there are also particular foods that should be included in your diet when fighting against gout.
Try including more complex carbohydrates, such as whole fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Whole grains are another healthy food that should be added.
Decrease the amount of saturated fats that you eat, and increase the amount of water that you drink.
Fruits high in antioxidants, such as cherries, blueberries, and strawberries, are a great way to decrease the inflammation in joints affected by gout.
3. Home Remedies for Gout
Sometimes getting gout is unavoidable. If the previous prevention methods haven’t worked, Top 10 Home Remedies has several treatments you can try. One solution is to dilute apple cider vinegar and drink it a few times a day. Ginger, a root commonly found in Asian cuisine, is known to decrease swelling in the body. It can be prepared in a number of ways, and detailed instructions are provided on the Top 10 Home Remedies website.
You can also try mixing lemon juice and baking soda in water. This neutralizes the acidity of your body, which in turn can help get rid of the uric acid before it can make crystals that adhere to your joints and cause pain.
An external way to combat the pain associated with a gout attack is to soak the affected areas in a bath of warm water and Epsom salt.
This salt is notorious for helping to relieve aches and pains in both your muscles and your joints.
My favorite quick fix for gout is using tart cherry juice concentrate.
Simply drink 2 oz of organic cherry juice concentrate with 3 1/3 oz water daily can reduce the uric acid levels in your body.
4. Medication for Gout
Gout can vary in severity and the joints affected. As with any other condition, if it gets out-of-hand or your pain persists be sure to consult your doctor for the best plan of treatment for you. Sometimes DIY at-home treatments are not enough and you need to see medical advice to help reduce uric acid levels.
Common medicine for gout include:
Although it may not be possible to completely prevent gout, it is quite easy to reduce its severity and occurrence of flare-ups with these home prevention and remedies.
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