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Simple Remedies for Gout

Updated on March 30, 2010

The focus of this hub is about simple remedies for gout you can use to help you overcome this painful arthritic disease. In order to figure out appropriate remedies, it is first important to understand what causes gout in the first place.

Gout is a fairly common disease among men who do not follow a proper diet. Women do occasionally get gout, but it predominantly affects men. Gout has existed for thousands of years, but usually occurred among the wealthy as they were the only ones who could afford regular diets that caused this malady.

Unfortunately, in today's societ, the Western diet does not lend itself to an healthy lifestyle. It is often filled with the same elements that caused men gout in the middle ages, namely, lots of foods high in purine content.

When the body processes purines, they naturally process into components called uric acid. The problem is not that these purines turn into acid, again that is a natural process, the problem occurs when this gets knocked out of balance. In actuality, you can eat a diet that does not have a high amount of purines, but if you still have too acidic of a diet, the purines you do eat can cause you a lot of grief.


The answer to this painful problem is to focus on bringing your pH into balance. This is known medically as acid base balance. Base is another term for alkaline. Your body must keep it's pH balance in check. It only has a small room for variation.

If you do not do this, then you run a much greater risk of getting gout, a long with other debilitating and dangerous diseases such as hypertention, heart disease, and diabetes. By the way, if you have gout, your risk of these three diseases increase greatly.

Now that we have a basis on which this disease is caused, it is much easier to look at common sense approaches for how to prevent gout. The rest of this hub is dedicated to showing you remedies for gout you can use that will not only help prevent this condition, but many of them deal directly with helping bring your pH levels into balance so not only do you help this problem, but other medical conditions caused by this imbalance.

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Natural Remedies for Gout

There are so many different varieties of natural remedies you can use to help get rid of gout. This section mostly deals with natural therapies other than herbs. A separate section will deal specifically with Herbal remedies for gout.


There are several things to consider when using natural remedies for gout. First off, there are some natural foods that actually can increase your chances of getting an attack, so you should consider whether or not the food is right for you. Examples of this would be asparagus, artichokes, peas, and certain beans.

Since you can cause yourself grief by trying to eat otherwise healthy foods, what foods can you eat? Aim for alkaline based foods such as lemons. However, realize that while lemons have alkaline properties, they must be fresh or they switch over to being acidic. One thing my wife and I do is drink "fresh" lemon juice every morning and every night.

Not only does the fresh lemon help me work towards becoming slightly alkaline in my diet, which is optimal, but it contains potassium which is also an alkali and that helps neutralize uric acid. So aim for foods high in vitamin C and potassium. Studies have shown that these two items when used regularly can reduce serum uric acid levels. One study showed that vitamin C reduced uric acid by up to 50%.

Because of the vitamin C and potassium connection to treating gout, fruits, especially cherries, are very important in helping you reduce your risks of getting gout.

Home Remedies for Gout

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Home remedies can really be misleading. It can give the impression there is some secret home treatment you can use to help you overcome whatever problem you have whether it's home remedies for arthritis, gout, back pain, colitis, or whatever ailment you suffer from. These type remedies are simply any therapy you can find at home.

These remedies can range from such things as ice, baking soda, to food that you normally have at home. Since another section will be specifically dedicated to your diet, let's focus on ice and baking soda.


Unless you ingest the ice, which is not what we are trying to accomplish, and actually is not that healthy because it shocks your system, and can crack your teeth if you chew on it, ice is not going to alter your pH levels simply by holding it over the affected joint. And truthfully you'd have to ingest a whole lot of ice to have any chance to alter your pH and this would lead your to internal hypothermia, so that just is not an option.

So how do you use ice? Ice is controversial in that some claim it works when in reality it should actually worsen a gout attack. Ice reduces blood flow to the affected area which can cause increased crystallization of the uric acid in your joints.

This is not good because we want to increase the circulation, especially of the synovial fluid so that your body can flush out the excess acid. So, ice will possibly give you temporary relief of your pain, but could cause a longer attack. There are some who say though that ice actually is agonizing to place on a gouty toe.

Baking Soda

The theory behind baking soda to prevent gout is due to the pH balance effect. Baking soda is alkaline which can help to neutralize uric acid and assist in bringing your pH into balance. Results are mixed. It depends on who you ask.

Bicarbonate Soda Water

Bicarbonate soda water which is not to be confused with soda pop. This type of soda water is alkaline in nature and is mostly used in Europe. I mention it because a friend of mine also gets gout. He has tried cherries which are known as the king of gout treatments and they don't help him, whereas cherries work wonderfully for me. His doctor had him try soda water and his gout attack went away.

Herbal Gout Remedies

There are several herbal remedies you can use.  These remedies' strength are also mostly found in fixing the core problem causing your gout, an out of balance pH level.  What options do you have for herbal remedies:

Yucca root

Devil's Claw


Nettle root

Rosemary oil

just to name a few.  If you plan on using herbs to treat your gout, it is extremely important to seek counsel of a trained herbalist or naturopath as some of these herbs are poisonous if not used correctly.  If used properly, they can provide you with gout pain relief. 

Remedies for Gout Comments/Questions

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      2 years ago

      I want to tell the gout sufferers I got an attack from xylitol,dont take it even no chewing gums.Just a tip.

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      6 years ago

      thanks for this information - my doctor gave me Naproxyn and no dietary advice, I am going to try this balancing acid/alkali approach

      Thanks for sharing

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      Eng. Joseph 

      6 years ago

      I love this information, thank you for enlighting the world! I learnt from article, i will let my friends, family and my relative to know about it. Thank you once again.

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      6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this article, I learned a lot thanks

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      7 years ago

      Thank -you for this extensive information. My doctor spent so little time with me, I realize I had little understanding and therefore control of my condition.


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