The excess uric acid levels in the body lead to its crystalisation in the joints, and a condition known as gout. It is a type of arthritis, that causes inflammation and severe joint pain. Men and postmenopausal women are at an increased risk of gout.
The most common symptoms of this condition include swelling, pain, and redness in the area of the big toe and other joints in the body.
Gout is most often caused by a diet high in carbs and hydrogenated fats, alcohol, high stress, obesity, acidic system, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and a kidney disease.
The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs it is usually treated with poses serious health risks, so it is always the best to try to treat it naturally.
The uric acid levels in the body are also elevated due to the excessive consumption of purine-rich foods, such as red meat, oily fish, peas, beans, lentils, salmon, sardines, and herring, as well as high-fructose juices, alcohol, and fizzy drinks.
Here are some useful tips to help you prevent gout and treat its symptoms:
-Drink a few tablespoons of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily to alkalize the body and treat acute gout pain
— Add half a teaspoon to a glass of 8 oz. water, and drink this remedy several times daily to alkalize the body and lower uric acid levels
— Drink plenty of water to remove excess uric acid from the body
— Exercise- It lowers the uric acid levels in the body and normalizes insulin levels. Regular exercise will help you to reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
— Apples- They are rich in malic acid, which lowers the uric acid in the body.
-Lemon juice- It is one of the best ways to treat gout pain and swelling, since it alkalizes the body and lowers the amount of acid
— Avoid protein and high-purine foods
— Increase the intake of pineapples, prunes, and cherries as they help the elimination of uric acid
— Bananas are rich in potassium that converts uric acid crystals in the body into liquid, and leave the body in the form of urine. Moreover, the vitamin C in these fruits reduces the pain and swelling.
— Increase the intake of turmeric and ginger, as they have powerful anti-inflammatory properties
— Consume vegetables and fruits on a daily basis, especially celery, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and amaranth
— Activated charcoal absorbs uric acid, and thus soothes the effects of gout. You can add half a cup of charcoal powder to your bath, and soak in it.
— Limit the intake of beer and cheese
— Eat blueberries, bilberries, and blackberries, as their high bioflavonoid content lowers uric acid levels
— Try a cold therapy, as it reduces the swelling due to gout
— Epsom salt is abundant in magnesium, which lowers high blood pressure. Just add some Epsom salt to your warm bat and soak in it to relieve pain and swelling.