Gout is a medical condition characterized by abnormal metabolism of uric acid. This causes arthritis in the smaller bones of the feet and deposition of chalk-stones with episodic acute pains in the bones.
In gout condition, the body produces an excess amount of uric acid that gets deposited in the bones and tissues. People with gout condition have inadequate kidneys that couldn’t process the uric acid easily. Despite a long history, the gout condition has become more common, with more people falling victim to it.
It is important to understand that in case of gout, there are some gout dietary restrictions that one needs to follow. Some foods may not be recommended or should be avoided from the diet. Keeping these points in mind, one can effectively find relief from gout-related pain and inflammation.
Gout: What are the causes?
A gout attack strikes with excruciating pain and usually it targets the larger joint of the big toe. The whole area around the larger joint swells up and turns red. And even the lightest pressure on it becomes intolerable.
A complex type of arthritis, gout culminates from high levels of uric acid in the blood. This condition is called hyperuricemia. Normally, uric acid gets dissolved in the blood and the kidney eliminates it. However, at times the body fails to process the uric acid. This could be for two reasons, either the body is producing excessive uric acid, or is unable to excrete it totally with urine. As a result, uric acid gets accumulated in crystal forms in the joints and neighboring tissues, leading to painful inflammation.
The possibility of suffering from hyperuricemia, and gout depends on numerous factors, such as:
Weight: With increase in weight, the body tissues in turn produce more uric acid as metabolic waste product. Also, fat cells produces cytokines, which leads to inflammation of the tissues.
Genetically prone: Gout runs in some families as a hereditary medical condition. In such cases, the probability of developing gout is quite high.
Gender and age: Comparatively, uric acid is produced more in men than women. However, after menopause, women also acquire the same level of uric acid as in men.
Lead exposure: Gout could be developed from regular exposure to lead too. According to a Stanford study, 95% of the lead get stored in your bone and teeth, “bone seeker” the term given by toxicologists.
Medications and other health problems: A few medications which include diuretics and salicylate can also aid in increasing the uric acid level in the blood. Health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and hypothyroidism can also contribute to the development of gout condition.
Natural Home Remedies To Relieve Gout Pain
More often than not, gout pain hits at night. And if one doesn’t have the medication to take care of it, then it could be one long, extremely painful night. So, to avoid such situations, here are a few natural remedies to soothe the pain that could come handy.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This salad seasoning and common household cleanser could be used to relieve gout pain. The acetic acid present in the vinegar helps in cutting down the pain. Add some honey to reduce the inflammation. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with honey and water, drink the remedy two to three times a day for best results.
Baking Soda: The main factor resulting in gout is uric acid, and baking soda has the potential to decrease its amount in the body. Simply add 1/2 a tablespoon of baking soda in water and drink at least four times a day but not more than that. Do not take this remedy if you suffer from hypertension.
Lemon juice: Take lemons or any fruit which is rich in vitamin C. They work in reducing the amount of uric acid as vitamin C alkalizes the body. You can either consume lemon juice with a glass of water three times a day, or mix it with 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda, let the fizzing settle and then mix it with water. Drink it immediately.
Ginger root: Owing to its inflammatory properties, ginger root is quite helpful in reducing pain and inflammation. It can be administered in a number of ways to relieve gout pain. You can topically apply a paste of ginger root with water on the affected area for about 1/2 an hour daily. You can also drink a solution of fenugreek powder, turmeric powder and dried ginger root powder twice daily: add 1/2 tablespoon of ginger root powder to a cup of water and boil it well before consumption. Or simply eat a piece of raw ginger root daily.
Epsom salt: Epsom salt has a high magnesium amount, and magnesium helps in lowering blood pressure levels. Take a bucket of warm water, add epsom salt and dip the affected areas in it. You will feel instant relief from pain and inflammation.
Fruits like, cherries, apples, and bananas: Cherries have antioxidant properties, like anthocyanins, which aids in reducing sudden gout outbursts and swelling. You can either eat 15 to 20 cherries daily, or drink black cherry juice with small pieces of garlic cloves for the best results. Apples have abundant malic acid, which is also helpful in reducing the uric acid contained in the body. So, eat one apple a day to keep the uric acid level in check.
On the other hand, bananas are rich potassium, and potassium has the ability to liquidize the uric acid crystals. Thus, it will help in easy discharging with urine. Eating at least two bananas is recommended for gout condition.
In addition to the above mentioned remedies, you can also do exercises, reduce the alcohol consumption and caffeine intakes, avoid purine rich foods like organ meats, sardines, and anchovies, which can increase uric acid level. Hydration is also quite important in treating gout condition. Drink lots of water and juices that include beet, pineapple, etc. Eliminating sugar and soda from the diet should also help.
And lastly, we have activated charcoal, which supposedly absorbs uric acid. You can either apply a paste of charcoal powder mixed with water to the affected area or dip the gout attacked areas in hot water with 1/2 a cup of charcoal powder in it.
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