Gout is a very painful form of arthritis, resulting from an excess of uric acid build-up in the body. This occurs when the kidneys are overloaded and have a hard time trying to eliminate the excess. As a result, these uric acid deposits can become crystallized and accumulate in between the joints.
Those afflicted with gout are often found to have uric acid deposits in their big toe joints. These uric acid deposits may appear as lumpy patches under the skin, and the build-up may also develop into kidney stones.
Gout can be so debilitating that even a bed sheet draped over the toe can cause excruciating pain.
Dietary changes, including reduced alcohol intake, will reduce the incidence of gout attacks. Appropriate lifestyle changes can prevent a re-occurrence. However, for those either not able or prepared to make changes, remedial treatments are available.
Natural treatment options have given many relief from gout pain, here are a few.
Cherries is one of the classic natural gout remedies. There are some gout sufferers who say it works and others say it doesn’t help them. Research reveals that those who do consume cherries were found to have lowered levels of uric acid as well as a reduction in inflammation.
Either way, they are delicious and worth a try! You’ll need to eat half a cup of cherries in any one day. You may also like to add them to your blender and make a juice.
Baking soda has been found to be helpful for lowering uric acid levels. When experiencing an acute gout attack, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in an 8oz glass of water and drink the entire mixture at once. Avoid taking more than 4 teaspoons of baking soda per day, as this may increase the risk of having high blood pressure.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has long been touted to be effective in providing relief from joint pain caused by arthritis and gout. Apple cider vinegar has an alkalizing effect, therefore providing relief to people suffering from too much acid in the body. It’s one of the reasons it’s also helpful for relieving heartburn.
For relief from gout pain, just mix one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink. When buying apple cider vinegar, make sure it is organic and look for the ‘mother web’ in the bottle. Then you’ll know it’s good!
Lemon Juice with Baking Soda
People with gout should try to alkalize their body as naturally as possible. Another way to do this is to drink lemon juice mixed with baking soda. This mixture can help you achieve balanced pH levels.
Combine the juice of one lemon in one half teaspoon of baking soda and wait for the mixture to settle down which may take a few minutes. Then pour the mixture into a glass of water before drinking.
All these natural remedies may prove beneficial in alleviating painful gout attacks.
However, these home remedies, or any other treatment, should not be used as a crutch. Making changes to your diet and lifestyle would be better than any ‘fix’. Start making positive changes, especially in your eating habits, followed with healthy lifestyle habits and treat the underlying problem first. Let your pain motivate you to improving your health.