Gout is an inflammatory disease similar to arthritis that manifests through pain located around the big toe. The so-called gout attacks usually occur overnight and may be accompanied by pain, redness and swelling in the area. Sometimes, the pain caused by gout can be quite severe and the toe might be painful to the touch. This is why people are always looking for a quick solution against this inflammatory disease. However, in order to get to it, you must first identify the underlying problem.
The main cause of gout is accumulated uric acid in the joints. Uric acid is a byproduct of purines, chemicals found in alcohol and processed foods. Once the levels of uric acid accumulate in your joints, they can cause crystals which are actually the thing that causes the pain. The crystals usually gather around the big toe which is why it is the most painful part of the feet.
Treating gout naturally
As uric acid accumulation in the joints and feet is the main cause of the problem, eliminating the excess is the only solution. Chronic gout may require special medications, but the gout attacks can be put under control naturally, by learning the triggers to gout attacks and making simple lifestyle changes.
The main gout attack triggers are alcohol, processed foods, sodas, crash diets, dehydration and consuming foods rich in purines. On the other hand, some medications, joint injuries, sudden severe illness, chemotherapy and diuretics can also trigger the attacks.
How to reduce high uric acid levels
Reducing your high uric acid levels is only possible by making some lifestyle changes. In general, you should add fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet and whole grains as well. Here are a few guidelines you should follow:
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol;
- Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration;
- Avoid sweet drinks and sodas;
- Avoid consuming products rich in high-fructose corn syrup;
- Learn how to relax and reduce stress – try yoga, meditation or some breathing techniques;
- Avoid white bread and desserts;
- Stick to 4-6 oz. of protein daily, which you can get from fish, poultry and vegetables;
- Take vitamin C supplements or raise the levels of the vitamin through dietary sources.
Tonics against gout
Squeeze half a lemon in a glass of water and drink the beverage every morning to alkalize your body and prevent the formation of uric acid crystals. You can also drink a teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water before lunch and dinner for the same results. Baking soda can help as well – it’s a great alkaline substance that can fight the excess uric acid in your joints. Just add a teaspoon of the powder in a glass of water and drink it a few times per day.
The best foods against gout
There are many foods that can help treat gout and prevent the attacks. Here are the best:
Parsley is a powerful diuretic that contains two flavonoids known as kaempferol and quercetin which can reduce the levels of uric acid in your body.
Devil’s claw extract
The herb has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can help against the gout attacks.
Pineapple is rich in bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce pain.
According to one study, flaxseeds can reduce the levels of uric acid and prevent the attacks from occurring.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice that can prevent the formation of uric acid crystals in your joints.
Cherries, berries, grapes
All three fruits contain anthocyanidins and proanthocyanins, compound with anti-inflammatory properties that work great against gout.
Cold compresses on the painful area and Epsom salt baths and soaks have also been known to help against gout.
Home remedy for gout
- 1 grapefruit
- Small piece of ginger
- A cup of pineapple chunks
Mix everything in a blender and drink the juice whenever in pain to quickly stop it. Drinking it regularly will prevent your uric acid levels from rising high.