Gout is an extremely painful and uncomfortable condition that affects joints. Those with gout experience sudden and severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints; for some reason, this pain tends to start/be most severe in and around the big toe. The pain and tenderness can also affect your hands, ankles, knees, feet, and wrists.
Gout is essentially a very painful and complicated form of arthritis and almost anyone can be affected. As uncomfortable as gout is, there are thankfully some effective, safe, and natural home remedies for treating such.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
The acidity in apple cider vinegar helps relieve acute pain, bringing relief for those suffering from gout. Mix one teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water; drink this 2-3 times every day.
2. Ginger Root
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which can be extremely helpful when addressing pain from gout. Ginger root can be used by simply grating some of the root and adding it to recipes; eating a small piece of ginger root (maybe with some honey); or making ginger root tea.
A combination that is especially helpful for gout and inflammation involves mixing equal parts fenugreek powder, turmeric powder, and dried ginger root powder combine to make 1 teaspoon; mix this into a glass of warm water and drink daily.
3. Baking Soda
The culprit behind gout is an excess of uric acid in the body, which causes the pain in the joints. Baking soda can effectively lower the amount of uric acid in the body, thus reducing pain and inflammation related to gout. Baking soda is easy to incorporate into your day; you can simply mix in ½ teaspoon of baking soda to one cup of water and drink (no more than three times per day). One caveat — if you suffer from hypertension, this method should not be used.
4. Lemon Juice
A combination of fresh lemon juice and baking soda helps neutralize the excess uric acid in the body, thus addressing the cause of your gout problems. Follow the recipe above (½ tsp baking soda, 1 cup water) and simply add in the juice of half of one lemon. If the baking soda remedy just isn’t your thing, you can just mix the juice of ½ lemon with a cup of water and drink.
Because of their high content of antioxidants and their antiinflammatory properties, cherries are an excellent choice when combatting gout naturally. In addition, this is probably the easiest natural remedy for gout—simply eat 15-20 cherries every day. You can also drink a glass of black cherry juice instead.
Thanks to their high potassium content, bananas can help convert uric acid crystals into liquid, thus allowing them to be flushed out of the system. Because it is this crystals that cause so much pain, bananas are a huge asset to anyone fighting gout. Try to eat 2 bananas every day.
The malic acid in apples can help neutralize an excess of uric acid in your body. Shoot for 1-2 organic apples per day, or if you find that too difficult, enjoy a glass of organic apple juice (with no added sugar!) one per day.
8. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is an excellent remedy for various aches and ailments of the body. Add two cups of it to your warm, running bath water. Soak for at least 15 minutes. The magnesium in Epsom salt helps reduce inflammation ease aching joints.
9. Cold Water
When your joints are inflamed and painful, it can help to place a cold compress or ice pack onto the area. Be careful to never apply ice directly to the skin. If you can stand it, try soaking the affected area in an ice bath. This will help reduce inflammation and swelling.
As mentioned above, the discomfort associated with gout is a result of an accumulation of urate crystals in your joints, usually as a result of your body having too much uric acid. There are some foods that naturally have high amount of uric acid or increase uric acid production in your body. To prevent and help reduce pain associated with gout, avoid a diet high in meat, seafood, alcohol, and sweet beverages. Another reason to watch your diet: if you are overweight, your kidneys may produce more uric acid, therefore contributing to/causing gout.
It is hard to prevent gout, especially if you are genetically predisposed to the condition. However, you are not helpless. In addition to the above natural remedies for treating gout, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy diet. Be sure to incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet, and try to exercise lightly every day. This may help prevent the buildup of uric acid crystals.
Don’t let your gout hold you back any longer; incorporate some of these natural remedies into your every day, and you’ll start feeling the difference right away.