Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis which is characterized by recurring attacks of red, tender, hot and swollen joint. The pain occurs suddenly usually in the big toe first which becomes sore, red and tender. This condition is caused by accumulation of large amounts of uric acid in the joints because waste is not properly removed from the body.
Uric acid forms as a byproduct of purines which are found in many foods. Very often people who have gout also have higher levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid crystallization happens when the kidneys are not able to remove the uric acid from the body which causes the uric acid to pile up around the joints thus cause inflammation.
Fortunately there are different ways to solve and treat this problem such as making changes in your lifestyle such as eating healthier and exercising more often. Your diet should include fruits and vegetables, unprocessed grains, seafood and lean meat. Try to avoid or completely remove processed sugars such as high fructose, foods rich in saturated fats and alcohol.
It is very important to keep your body hydrated at all times so you should never forget to drink enough water. Drinking water helps your body to remove toxins and to prevent uric acid crystallization. Besides water, herbal tea, natural sugar-free drinks and fruit-infused water are also a great option.
Natural remedies for gout
For prevention, use this remedy daily by adding ½ teaspoon of baking soda to one glass of water and drinking it. If you are already experiencing gout attack use one whole teaspoon of baking soda.
The body is able to fight issues such as gout more efficiently when it is alkaline. Lemon water is able to provide your body with the alkaline environment it needs to prevent uric acid crystals from forming. To use the remedy, use the juice of half lemon and add it in 200ml of warm water. Drink the mixture before breakfast every morning.
Apple cider vinegar also increases the body’s alkalinity which helps disintegrate the uric acid and remove it from the body more efficiently. To use this remedy drink a solution of 1 tablespoon ACV and 200 ml of water before meals every day.
You can prevent this condition by eating these foods:
-Curcumin: Contains anti-inflammatory properties and protects the kidneys. This is a substance contained in turmeric
-Bromelain: Also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as analgesic effects. It can be found in pineapples