Home remedies for gout

What is gout? Gout is is caused by uric acid crystal deposits in your joints, which causes pain and inflammation to occur. The pain can be sudden and intense for a few days, and then go away again. The periods with pain are called gout. The joints swell up and the area may turn reddish and be very sensitive.

How to avoid getting gout

People who eat a lot or who drink lots of alcohol are more likely to get gout later on.

Weight gain is a large factor involved in getting gout. So try to eat less meat and protein rich foods, and get lots of exercise. People who don't get enough exercise are more likely to develop uric acid crystal deposits in their joints.

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Some medical conditions can cause gout as well, for example people with kidney problems. Hypertension is another possible cause.

Home remedies for gout

These are remedies that people have used for gout, and that they have reported to work:

  • Apply some mustard paste to the affected area. To make mustard paste, mix mustard seed powder with ground whole wheat with water in a 1:1 ratio.
  • Apply ice packs to the area. Put an ice pack directly on the painful area. Leave it there for about 10-15 minutes at a time. Inbetween sessions of ice, you can use the mustard paste mentioned above.
  • Eat lots of apples. The malic acid contained in apples is believed to neutralize uric acid and help to make the gout go away faster. You should generally eat one apple for each meal you have.
  • Drink lots of water. This is the same advice doctors always give people to generally do, but hardly anyone takes it seriously. You really should drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. This will help with the gout and is generally very healthy anyway. If you add some lemon juice to the water as well, it can help to break down the crystal deposits too.
  • Eat lots of strawberries - they're also good for breaking down the deposits.
  • Eat raw garlic regularly to reduce gout episodes.
  • Raise the joint - for example if you have gout in your ankle area, keep your leg up. This will relieve some of the pressure and can help you feel better.
  • Eat lots of bananas, they are known to help relieve gout because they contain phosphorous, which helps to break down the uric acid deposits.
  • Drink raw veggie juice, like carrot juice, French bean juice and beet and cucumber juices can help with gout. Try to drink about 500ml of these juices every day.
  • Eat berries, cherries, lime, tomatoes, green peppers, and lots of leafy green veggies. Basically, eat anything that's rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids that help to reduce inflammation.
  • You can soak the affected area in Epsom salt, but that'll only work if it's relatively easy to get the affected area into a bowl or bucket of some kind.

A few home remedy recipes for gout

2 tablespoons of organic vinegar apple cider, mixed with 2 tablespoons of organic honey. Mix this with a glass of water, and take this mixture twice a day. This should help with the pain. Be careful however because the vinegar can mess with the enamel on your teeth, so you can either drink it through a straw or be sure you rinse your mouth out immediately after taking it.

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You can also soak a cloth in this apple cider vinegar mixture, and wrap it around the affected area and leave it on for at least 15 minutes.

Mix 2 cups of apple juice, 2 cups of white grape juice, 2 cups of concord grape juice, and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Take 1/4 of a cup in the morning and another cup in the afternoon with meals.

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