Natural remedies for gout

What is gout? Gout is inflammation of the joint - arthritis, which occurs as a result of deposed uric acid crystals in the joints in people with high blood uric acid levels. It is a disease that is more frequent these days, which was also called royal disease or disease of the rich, as it mostly appeared in the wealthier people because of excessive consumption of alcohol and meat. There is no natural cure for gout except dietary nutrition. Diet is essential and some of the best home remedies for gout would be: eating cherries and tea made of cherry stems, celery juice and apple cider vinegar. However, these foods are only used to reduce the level of uric acid in the blood.

What causes gout? Gout is an inflammation of one or more joints that is caused by excessive amount of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia), which causes the crystals of uric acid to accumulate in the joints (gout crystals). Gout causes sudden attacks of severe pain in the joints, most commonly in the feet; however, it may appear in other places as well (gout in ankle, gout in knee). Uric acid deposits may appear as bumps under the skin around the joints and on the edges of the ears. Also, uric acid crystals can accumulate in the kidneys and create kidney stones.

Gout symptoms

Gout attack usually occurs in one wrist mostly during the night, quickly within hours. In 3 out of 4 patience it occurs on the foot’s thumb. The finger becomes extremely painful, swollen, red and warm, and the skin above is smooth and shiny. Even a light blanket over the finger causes pain. Acute gout may last several days (5-7), rarely up to two weeks, and it can pass spontaneously. As time passes attacks can be more frequent, longer-lasting and may require treatment. On rare occasions, a higher number of joints may be affected at the same time, which is called the polyarticular gout. This usually occurs to people who suffer from gout for a long time. The most common factors that provoke gout attack are excessive intake of food and alcohol, and in addition, joint injury, exhaustion, severe illness, less surgical intervention, initiation of therapy with drugs that reduce the level of uric acid and dehydration.

How to treat gout

Dietary nutrition is mandatory to all people suffering from gout. Foods rich in purines should be avoided as they increase the level of uric acid in the blood, such as red meat, indulgences, some oily fish and seafood. Slightly less level of purine is found in mushrooms and some types of vegetables: asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, peas, lentils, soya beans and others. Vegetarian food rich in purine rarely leads to gout in relation to meat and seafood. Although meat is a major source of protein in our diet, it can be replaced with milk, cheese and eggs, which has small level of purine. Consumption of skimmed milk and yoghurt with low percentage of fat reduces the risk of gout, as well as all kinds of citrus fruits.

Foods to avoid with gout:
  • Bread and cereals, desserts and fried dough, fresh pastry 
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts
  • High-fat dairy products
  • Almost all categories of meat, oily fish (rich in purines)
  • Cocoa and chocolate, pepper, mustard, cream cakes, ground coffee, black tea, alcohol.

Home remedies for gout

The easiest home remedy for gout is lemon juice as it contains vitamin C, which is important because it helps to eliminate excess uric acid from the body. All you have to do is mix half a glass of lemon juice with plain water and drink it three times a day. Orange, grapefruit and mandarin are foods from the citrus family that are used in gout treatment.

Lemonade for treating gout

Celery seed also helps to eliminate excess uric acid, as well as saffron, ginger and green tea. One of the best natural remedies is cherries. Some studies show that daily consumption of cherries can alleviate the symptoms of this disease. Wild carrot seed oil purifies the kidneys from all types of toxins, and its use is also recommended, as well as parsley seed oil. 
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