How to Get Rid of Gout Quickly and Naturally

Cherries are one of many great ways to get rid of gout naturally.
Cherries are one of many great ways to get rid of gout naturally.

Want to Get Rid of Gout Fast?

Instead of drugs with unpleasant side effects, gout sufferers are increasingly turning to more natural tips for relieving their attack symptoms. Here, you'll find:

  • Gout at a glance: causes and symptoms.
  • A list of the most effective ways to help beat attacks and get rid of gout naturally and fast.

Causes and Symptoms

  • Causes: Gout, a form of arthritis, is caused by high uric acid in the bloodstream which can lead to crystals forming in the joints. High uric acid occurs when your kidneys fail to process and excrete uric acid—produced when purines in your body and foodstuffs breakdown—out of your body quickly enough. It might be caused a number of reasons, including but not limited to: certain medications, alcohol, genetics, certain immune-suppressing drugs, obesity.
  • Symptoms: Symptoms include redness, tenderness, and heat of the skin, inflammation, stiffness, swelling and great pain in the joints—with the big toe being the most commonly affected one, seen in 50-75% of gout patients. However it can occur in any other joint, such as the ankles, knees, fingers, and elbows.
  • Remedies: These days, more and more sufferers are using natural remedies to get rid of their gout. There are many natural ways to eliminate gout, including staying well-hydrated, herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and a range of simple home remedies. Lifestyle adjustments are required as well: things such as dietary changes, getting down to your ideal weight, and avoiding alcohol. For more on this, read on.
  • Prevention: Recurring gout can cause serious health issues like kidney disease / stones, osteoarthritis, stroke, heart disease, even early death; so it has to be prevented at all costs. Natural remedies can help to prevent recurring gout as well as to relieve a current gout attack.

Up your vitamin C intake to help with your gout.
Up your vitamin C intake to help with your gout.

Remedies

Here are some quick ways to help you get rid of gout fast and naturally:

  • Up your vitamin C intake. Eat foods rich in vitamin C to help lower uric acid. This includes consuming foods including (but not limited to): oranges, tangerines, mandarins, red cabbage, red bell peppers, and potatoes.
  • Eat fresh vegetables and fruit. Make sure that you consume at least five servings of fresh vegetables and fruit every day to help flush uric acid out of your body. (Note: But make sure that you are careful about avoiding cauliflower, asparagus, and mushrooms which may contribute to increasing your uric acid production because of their moderately high levels of purine.)
  • Drink water. It's very important to keep hydrated. You should drink at least 12 eight ounce glasses of water throughout the day. This will help your kidneys process and flush excess uric acid from your body more effectively.

  • Avoid purines. Avoid high-purine foods like: offal (such as liver), meat extracts, red meat, meat broths, game, poultry, some vegetables (as mentioned already, specifically cauliflower, asparagus, and mushrooms), some types of fish (including mackerel), shellfish, legumes, yeast products, and alcohol. The more purines you consume, the more uric acid is being produced.
  • Eat cherries. Cherries have natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Consume at least 20 cherries everyday—more if possible. You can also drink cherry juice or eat dried cherries.
  • Lower your sugar intake. If possible, avoid sugar in all its forms, especially in processed foods and sugary drinks like juices and sodas.

Apple cider vinegar can do wonders for gout patients.
Apple cider vinegar can do wonders for gout patients.

Since everyone is different, you'll find that what works well for one person might not work as well for another. Because of this, it's very important to seek out and try other remedies until you find the one (or more likely the combination) that works best for your individual circumstances. That being said, you can also try:

  • Apple cider vinegar. Raw apple cider vinegar taken as a diluted drink may help with changing your blood pH. For some, it's also said to help relieve swelling and pain when applied topically.
  • Various supplements. Supplements such as vitamin C can be taken to help reduce uric acid levels. Also, tissue salts help prevent crystal formation, fish oil helps with joint inflammation, and shark cartilage may help get rid of pain.
  • Herbal solutions. Herbal remedies like devil's claw, burdoch, and alfalfa to neutralize uric acid. Also hawthorn, hydrangea, and celery seeds help to reduce inflammation.
  • Kidney cleanses. Natural kidney cleanses can greatly help to reduce the risk of kidney stones that may result from recurring gout.
  • Compresses. Hot and cold compresses can be useful in helping to increase circulation and contribute to pain relief.

Hot or cold compresses may help with your gout.
Hot or cold compresses may help with your gout.

Lifestyle Changes

Apart from making important changes to your diet, there are two other lifestyle issues you need to deal with in order to help you eliminate gout and prevent its return:

  • Reduce alcohol consumption. As mentioned, it's best to avoid or greatly reduce alcohol intake since excessive alcohol can lead to high uric acid. Too much alcohol is a known trigger for gout attacks.
  • Lose weight healthily. If you are 30 pounds or more over your ideal weight, then you are at a much higher risk for gout. An overweight person has more body tissue to break down. So, work to get those extra pounds off through a sensible diet and exercise.

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The Importance of Prevention

Even if these home remedies help you eliminate gout, you must make sure that you don't keep getting gout. It's a fact that if you've already suffered one gout attack, it's highly likely that you'll keep on getting more.

  • You must be on your guard against repeat attacks because, over time, they can lead to lasting joint damage and kidney problems such as kidney stones.
  • But, even worse than that, studies have linked high uric acid (the cause of gout) with stroke, heart disease, and a higher risk of death from various heart conditions. So, chronic gout can kill.

This is where things like your diet, weight, and, lifestyle choices become so important. Remember, staying healthy is key. Good luck!

Disclaimer

The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment, or advice. Remember to always consult your healthcare provider, physician, and/or doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or before making any major changes to your diet.

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Please let us know your problems or successes with gout. 27 comments

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Linda Robinson60 6 months ago from Cicero, New York

Good Morning J Cielo Such an amazing helpful hub. I really enjoyed it and it is definitely a must read for all those that have ever suffered with it and someone they know. So nice meeting you. I truly look forward to reading more of your talented and exceptional work. Linda


Dom 7 months ago

Wow its so nice of people who share there pain makes you feel your not on your own . I am looking for a list of food andveges that i can eat to move my gout not sure what vegetables to eat and what meat to eat if someone can help with a list of food and veg i then can put a diet to geather cause i want to get the pain as you all no is a nasty thing my acied is so high wow so if you can help would be great . Thanks so much to you all and the Doctors on the hub cheers Dom


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hari87 10 months ago from INDIA

The natural remedies mentioned in this hub to get rid of gout attacks is excellent. Great hub.


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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

Thank you for writing what is good to prevent or fix gout. I was concerned about the gout disease because it is rare. I found out through your article the things to take in case. We get any gout disease. I know a lady that has a severe case of join problems. Just like the symptoms you are describing on your hub. She is an older lady. Her speech changed over the years. l asked her what kind of work . She did in the past. She said. That she did nothing. It could be that it is need of exercises for the body to preven the wrong growing of the bones. I want to share this case with you. Thank you for your kind words and sharing what you know. You are great.


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Erin Jade 2 years ago from South Australia

Thanks for this have shared with a friend who suffers this condition :)


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great article; will pass it on to a friend who can use it I am sure. Thanks.


maroulla constantinou 2 years ago

i tried everything and i still get it, I went to my GP and i take a alloprinon tables every day ,my uric acid is bellow as the normal,i still get the attack and i have to leave work because i can work or stant on it,please if any of you knows if is anything elses to try please let me know many thanks


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

This is a very useful information... prevention is definitely better than cure. Cherries really get me amazed, so I will munch more of them to prevent gout attack! Thanks. :)


Mary 3 years ago

dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) HELPS WITH relieving PAIN AND SWELLING. Results immediately. I've been suffering for weeks until I researched gout enough to find this miracle. Drink cherry juice also.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I will definitely pass this information to those who I know who have such issues thanks for sharing such helpful information.


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JCielo 3 years ago from England Author

Your welcome.


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kikaystuff 3 years ago from Philippines

thanks.. very helpful info...


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JCielo 3 years ago from England Author

Vince, you did the right thing, especially drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. This helps your kidneys to expel uric acid more easily. And oranges, tangerines, etc. have vitamin C which is great for helping to get rid of gout.


vince 3 years ago

i ate 4 ice ream sandwich then 3 days later i ate 4 more a better brand, the next day my left big toe started to hurt in the joint, but according to the pain it ways mild but hurt, the first thing i did was put ice on it, 20 minutes twice a day, the third evening i could squeez the toe, with little pain, oh i ate oranges, and drunk plenty of water .


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JCielo 4 years ago from England Author

@Rajan @Jean - thanks for leaving your comments. Much appreciated.


Jean 4 years ago

this stuff is very amazing


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very useful and interesting hub, John. Diet and other lifestyle changes help a great deal in controlling the problem of gout.

Voted up & useful.


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Tracy Mason 4 years ago from Ayrshire

I will, thank you for your help and advice, it is greatly appreciated


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JCielo 4 years ago from England Author

Tracy, someone who is overweight is more at risk of high uric acid and thus gout than a person who isn't overweight. Now you are on a healthier diet and an exercise regimen then, as long as you stick with it, you should be fine. Keep positive!


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Tracy Mason 4 years ago from Ayrshire

Over the years I have had such a bad lifestyle, smoked, drank, ate all the rubbish under the sun. Im over weight, and did no exercise. It has all taken its toll. At age 40 I was diagnosed with Cluster headaches, at 41 I had the heart attack and now at 43, gout. It's so true, we are what we eat! There is consquences to everything we eat be it good consequences or bad ones. What happened to life begins at 40 !!


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JCielo 4 years ago from England Author

Tracy, a sudden change in diet can sometimes trigger a gout attack in some people, so maybe your new diet has had some impact.

If you stick to your healthy diet (as long as it's approved by your doctor) your metabolism will adjust and your uric acid levels should return to normal over time.

But you're right to be aware of other lifestyle issues as well. Again, always liaise with your doctor about these things.


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Tracy Mason 4 years ago from Ayrshire

Thanks for that, I am willing to try anything as the pain is horrendous. The doctor gave me Colchicine yesterday but as yet they haven't helped. I have to finish the course so maybe it will take a few days. I don't understand it, I have rently changed my diet, for the better and have done a lot more exercise, as I had a heart attack. Now I am laid up with this. I just need to make more lifestyle changes to ensure I don't get repeat bouts of it, I suppose.


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JCielo 4 years ago from England Author

Tracy, I feel for you, I really do. I used to have chronic gout and the pain was excruciating. But by following the kind of things I talk about in my article I've managed to stay gout free for several years now.

During an attack of gout I found that regular water, lots and lots of cherries and the baking soda remedy I highlight in my "how to lower uric acid naturally..." article, worked well for me. (You should be able to find that article under 'Discover More Hubs' above.)


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Tracy Mason 4 years ago from Ayrshire

My first bout of gout started yesterday. I am in agony. I will certainly be following those steps above...glad to have found this hub, it's very informative. Here's hoping this pain goes soon. Thanks


james 4 years ago

I have had gout since I was 17 the doctors gave me indocide which took the pain away quick but 7 yrs on the medication I have renal failure due to the media medication and need a kidney transplant.


Anita hold croft 4 years ago

I am going to try these remedies, I will keep you informed as to how I get on .


J. Broussard 4 years ago

I tried jucing(kale,1apple,1orange,coconut milk)every morning, and eating 5 fruits and veggies, eating little (salmon twice a week with tummeric). The pain in my foot has left and i am not limping. Earlier i had taken medication but it did't work. Natural remedy is helping. We really are what we eat. Thanks

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