Gout can cause a stiff and sever pain in the joints and it also leads to swelling. It is a metabolic disorder and the main cause for gout is the excess secretion of uric acid.
When purines are broken down in the body, uric acid is formed. Purines are found in most food items that are consumed and a considerable amount is also found in the body. So uric acid generation is a common phenomenon, but the problem arises when the excess uric acid is not being excreted or eliminated by the kidneys. This is when crystal formations are created and get deposited in the joints.
So the key to treating gout is to eliminating the excess uric acid from the body. So how is this done?
First and foremost, like in the case of most lifestyle diseases, important changes to lifestyle and diet should be made. A wide variety of food must be consumed including:
- Leafy Vegetables
- Lean Meat
- Whole grains
- Unprocessed foods
Some other means to reduce uric acid include:
- Hydrate your body well. Water helps in flushing out excess chemicals and toxins from the body, including uric acid
- Reduced intake of processed sugar. Unfortunately this is present is most of our favorite food which contain high amount of saturated fats, high fructose corn syrup and alcohol. These must be cut out for good.
- Natural fruit juices are also a healthy addition to the body. But consume it without sugar. Juices will also hydrate the body and help flush out toxins.
- Physical activity must be increased as much as possible. This will help the body automatically reduce stress levels and also aid in the proper functioning of organs which can flush out the acid.
There are also a few other tonics which can help fight gout:
- Mix some apple cider vinegar with eight ounces of water. This drink is to be consumed before lunch and dinner every day. Vinegar contains malic acid, which helps break down uric acid and also flush it out. It is also alkaline in nature and helps balance an acidic body.
- Another alkaline drink is lemon water. It is tasty and refreshing and helps prevent the crystal formation.
- Baking soda is also alkaline in nature. It is found to have prophylaxis properties that help to remove the excess uric acid from the body. Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with water and drink this every day.
Here are some of the best foods to fight gout:
- Flaxseed is known for its wide range of health benefits. It can also help reduce uric acid levels in body according to this
- Pineapples are rich in bromelain, which has anti inflammatory and analgesic properties.
- The Devil’s claw was found to contain anti-inflammatory properties by the University Hospital of Zurich.
- Turmeric contains curcumin, which displayed anti-inflammatory properties and also helped to preserve renal health.
- Proanthocyanidins and anthocyanidins that are contained in cherries, grapes and berries have been found to be have effective ant-inflammatory properties by the Lanzhou Medical College.
If a gout attacks it is recommend that professional medical help must be sought. But, in order to relieve some paid a hot & cold compress can be effective. It can also help ease up swelling, if it is applied for fifteen alternating minutes with sessions lasting about two to three hours.
Applying Epsom salts three times a week to the affected areas also helps relieve swelling and pain.
Source: Health Expert Group