How to Treat The Symptoms Of Gout Naturally
You might not realize it but gout is a type of arthritis. Often regarded as a bit of a joke, gout is nevertheless a painful and uncomfortable condition and the result of too much inflammation in the body.
The Problem With Too Much Inflammation
Of course everyone needs a certain amount of inflammation because, if you have an injury or infection, inflammation is there to help protect and heal. But too much and you can have a chronic situation.
Unfortunately, chronic inflammation can lead to asthma, skin rashes, arthritis, mood swings, multiple sclerosis and of course gout.
Treating the symptoms of gout on a budget can be achieved by avoiding those expensive pharmaceutical drugs; changing your lifestyle choices; and embracing natural home remedies.
Changing your Lifestyle Choices
These include cutting out alcohol and sugar, giving up smoking, taking plenty of regular exercise, getting good restorative sleep, going gluten-free and eating a healthy diet that is low in uric acid.
Part of eating a healthy diet when you suffer from gout is avoiding high-purine foods. Such high-purine foods are are also high-protein foods, and they include organ meats like kidney, fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and mussels, and also yeast.
Here are some of those natural home remedies:
1) Drink Healthy Beverage:
Drink plenty of water to flush out the uric acid.
You can also make yourself a beverage using organic apple cider vinegar. Just mix two tablespoons into an 8 oz glass of water and sip throughout the day whenever you need to reduce the pain and discomfort of gout.
2) Baking Soda Remedy:
Another natural remedy is to mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda into an 8 oz glass of water. Several glasses of this can be drunk daily.
Just a word of warning though to limit your intake if you are prone to high blood pressure. Alternatively, mix the juice of one lemon with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds, and then mix it in a glass of water. Drink it immediately.
Another option is to add the juice of 1/2 lemon to a glass of water and drink it three times a day.
3) Fresh Cherries
Fresh cherries will reduce uric acid so make the most of them when in season by eating ½ a cup daily. Look for local organic cherries at natural stores.
Out of season, you can get cherry concentrates and cherry extracts from a variety of companies. Even cooked cherry juice will work just as well as raw cherries.
Beets are available year round so it is easy to prepare beet juice as a way to help prevent acidosis (excess of uric acid) and stimulate the liver to cleanse bile ducts at the same time.
5) Fruits and Vegetables with Vitamin C
Along with its health benefits, extra vitamin C helps to reduce uric acid. While lots of fresh fruit and vegetables are rich in vitamin C, we really cannot have too much of a good thing so a slow release vitamin C supplement is helpful too and very good value for money when you are looking for health on a budget.
6) Black Bean Broth
Finally, black bean broth is considered an excellent natural treatment for gout, offering the advantages of antioxidant protection, lower uric acid levels and a reduction in pain and inflammation with its high amounts of anthocyanins – the same nutrients found in tart cherry juice.
Anthocyanins give certain fruits, vegetables and legumes their dark reddish-purple color, making it easier to identify those foods that fight inflammation.
Here is the recipe for the broth prepared from organic black beans.
1. Rinse about 7 oz of black beans in cool water, cleaning well and removing any dirt.
2. Cover with 2 quarts of filtered pure water and bring to a boil. Keep the pot covered to preserve the liquid.
3. Reduce the heat and let the water and black bean mixture simmer for about 90 minutes.
4. When cooking is complete, strain the liquid and cool.
Start by drinking 2 cups of the plain black bean broth once a day while observing its affects on your symptoms. Increase the quantity as needed for gout pain relief. The remainder of the broth should be refrigerated. It can be consumed either cold or at room temperature.