Gout is a disorder that occurs due to high levels of uric acid in the joints. The usual symptoms of gout are swollen, painful and stiff joints. Uric acid is a byproduct of purines, compounds that can be found in many foods. The increased levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia) in the blood are frequently seen in cases of gout, but that doesn’t mean that people with hyperuricemia will surely develop the disease.
When the kidneys cannot eliminate excess uric acid from the blood, it crystallizes and accumulates in the joints, causing inflammation. Thankfully, there are a few natural remedies that can help you remove it and reduce the pain. However, besides the use of natural remedies, you also need to change your diet and lifestyle. You should focus on eating fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat, seafood and whole grains, as well as reduce your intake of processed sugars like fructose corn syrup, saturated fat and alcohol.
Drinking lots of water also helps – this will keep the body properly hydrated and eliminate toxins and excess uric acid from your body. Stay hydrated by drinking water, natural juices, fruit infused water or herbal tea, and make sure to reduce your stress levels as well.
Here are some natural ingredients can treat gout:
Baking soda is a great weapon against gout. Make a mixture of ½ a teaspoon of baking soda in ½ a glass of water and drink the mixture every day. If you’re suffering from gout attacks, increase the dosage to a full teaspoon in the mixture.
An alkaline environment in the body will prevent gout, so you must ensure that you’re consuming alkaline foods and beverages. Lemon juice is a powerful alkalizing agent that can that can create an alkaline environment in your body and prevent the formation of uric acid crystals. Squeeze ½ a lemon in a 200 ml. glass of warm water and drink the solution every morning on an empty stomach for best results.
Apple cider vinegar also increase the body’s alkalinity thanks to its malic acid content. This acid can neutralize uric acid and eliminate it from the body. Add a tablespoon of ACV in 200 ml. of water and drink the mixture every day before lunch and dinner.