Gout is a type of arthritis triggered by uric acid crystal accumulation in the joints. Uric acid is actually a breakdown product of purines, which are found in many foods you consume. But, if your body is not able to handle the uric acid crystallization in your joints, it may trigger attacks of kidney stones, arthritis, or even kidney failure.
In addition, gout is triggered by high levels of stress, alcohol, food rich in hydrogenated fats and carbohydrates, obesity, kidney disease, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and acidic system.
Also, the uric acid levels in your body can be increased by eating too much purine-rich foods, including herring, sardines, salmon, lentils, beans, peas, oily fish, red meat, and more.
Many people with gout explain that an attack begins with an itching, burning, or tingling feeling in a joint about a couple of hours before the flare-up starts. The joint may feel a bit sore or a little stiff.
Some people with gout do not experience any early signs that a flare is about to begin. They simply wake up in the middle of the night with a painful joint.
When it occurs, they experience inflammation, swelling, severe pain, and redness, often in one joint. Gout typically affects the base of the big toe. However, it can occur in other joints like the instep, ankle, wrist, knee, and elbow.
It’s often treated with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). But, these drugs may pose serious health risks. Therefore, it’s a good idea to treat gout naturally.
Here is how to prevent gout or alleviate the symptoms:
– Epsom salt is packed with magnesium that helps regulate your blood pressure. Simply add some Epsom salt to your bath and soak in it to alleviate gout symptoms.
– Try a cold therapy, since it helps relieve the symptoms of gout.
– Eat more blackberries, blueberries, and bilberries because their high bioflavonoid content may help decrease the uric acid levels in your body.
– Activated charcoal helps absorb uric acid and alleviate the symptoms of gout. Add ½ cup of charcoal powder to your bath and soak in it.
– Eat fruits and vegetables every day, particularly amaranth, brown rice, potatoes, and celery.
– Increase your intake of ginger and turmeric, because they may help reduce inflammation in your body thanks to their potent anti-inflammatory properties.
– Eat more bananas, since they’re packed with potassium that helps convert the uric acid crystals in your body into liquid.
– Eat more cherries and pineapples, because they may help stimulate uric acid elimination.
– Avoid alcohol, soda, and foods high in purine and protein.
– Drink freshly-squeezed lemon juice, as it helps alkalize your body and decrease the uric acid levels in your body.
– Eat more apples, as they’re packed with malic acid that helps lower the uric acid levels in your body.
– Get regular exercise, because it may help decrease the uric acid levels in your body and regulate your insulin levels, reducing the severity and frequency of flare-ups.
– Consume lots of water every day to remove excess uric acid from your body.
– Add a few tbsp. of organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in 1 glass of water and consume it every day to alkalize your body and relieve acute gout pain.