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How to Get Rid of Gout Quickly and 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.