Gout is the most common form of arthritis. It's caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood, which can build up in the joints, form crystals, and cause inflammation, swelling, and pain. The most common joint to be affected in the one connecting the big toe to the foot. Gout can also affect other joints, such as those in your hands, wrists, knees, and ankles.
If you suspect you may have gout, it's best to get treatment from a medical doctor. But you can complement your main treatment with a few home remedies to get relief.
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8 home remedies for gout
To relieve pain, inflammation, and swelling brought on by gout, you can try the following remedies:
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Antioxidants in cherries can lower inflammation to some degree and reduce the frequency of gout attacks. To get the most from this remedy, its best to consume them in their most natural form - simply eat a cup of fresh cherries daily. You can also drink a few glasses of pure, fresh cherry juice every day.
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Apples contain malic acid, which can counter uric acid and reduce gout symptoms. To add more apples to your diet, eat them raw as a snack or dessert, or mix them into salads or oatmeal.
Potassium in bananas can help get rid of uric acid crystals that cause gout symptoms. Eat one or two bananas daily to get the benefit. You can also add the fruit to salads, smoothies, porridge, and anything else your imagination allows.
Ginger has been known for its anti-inflammatory properties for centuries, and one of the root's uses is treatment of gout. Simply add a little raw ginger to your meals, or drink a few cups of ginger tea daily (it will be even more effective if combined with lemon).
Lemon juice helps alkalize the body and bring down the levels of uric acid in the blood. You can simply eat slices of lemons (if you can tolerate the taste), or add fresh lemon juice or slices of lemons to water and drink it throughout the day.
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Pineapples are an exclusive source of bromelain, which is an enzyme with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Pineapple stem has the highest concentration of bromelain, but the fruit itself also contains some amount of the enzyme. You can take a bromelain supplement (after asking your doctor if it's OK for you) or simply eat pineapples regularly.
7. Apple cider vinegar
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Apple cider vinegar is another remedy that helps alkalize your body and counter the ill-effects of high uric acid. To use apple cider vinegar to treat gout, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to a glass of water and drink this solution 2 or 3 times daily.
8. Epsom salt
And, finally, here's one topical remedy to ease gout symptoms. High magnesium content of Epsom salt is what you need to lower inflammation and reduce swelling of the affected joint (or joints). Simply add one or two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak in it for about 20 minutes.
In addition to remedies, follow these tips to alleviate gout symptoms:
- drink plenty of plain water (8 glasses a day, not fewer) to flush excess uric acid out of your body;
- limit aggravating foods and ingredients in your diet, such as salt, refined sugar, and caffeine;
- if gout affects joints in your feet, wear comfortable shoes to avoid unnecessary stress on the joints.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.