Gout is a type of acute inflammatory arthritis. When uric acid is in excess numbers in the blood, it will crystallize and deposit itself in tendons and joints. Uric acid is a normal product of the body, it’s just when it reaches unnatural levels, it causes gout.
Normally, uric acid crystals are flushed into the kidneys. It’s when the crystals deposit elsewhere that the condition develops. The underlying cause is called Hyperuricemia. The major cause of this condition is due to the underexcretion of uric acid, however, they are other causes as well such as diet and genetic predisposition. Statistics say that about 9-10% of people that have hyperuricemia will develop gout during some time in their life.
Gout symptoms mainly manifest themselves at night. The following are typical symptoms of gout:
Discomfort and swelling in joints.
Joints often develop a red color and are very tender.
The big toe is most commonly effected. The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at its base often manifests swelling and redness.
Who is at risk of getting gout?
To be honest, everyone is at risk but there are certainly some factors that increase the risk of developing this condition. For example, gout is often associated with obesity. Those who consume large amounts of food have a higher risk of developing gout. Also, people who consume large amounts of alcohol put themselves at a higher risk. Lack of exercise will also increase your chances. As you can see, if you don’t live a healthy lifestyle, you are much more likely to get this condition.
What are effective home remedies for gout?
The following table reviews some popular home treatment programs that have been successful for thousands of gout sufferers. They are full of home remedies and other advice to permanently rid yourself of gout. These come at small price however (still typically less that a doctor’s visit), but may be worth the investment. I’ve also listed some common home remedies below.
|The Gout Remedy Report™ was created by Joe Barton. This treatment program has been endorsed by multiple doctors. It’s an easy step by step program which includes alternative remedies, treatments and prevention techniques. Some highlights:
|Cure Gout Now™ was actually created by Lisa McDowell, the wife of a long time gout sufferer. She became fed up with the frequent doctor visits and unsuccessful treatments, that she researched gout until she came up with her own treatments, preventive measures and recipes which cured her husband. Here are some highlights:
One of the best remedies that you can try is consumption of vitamin C. The most common food source that is recommended for gout sufferers is cherries. These can help to get rid of the built up acid crystals.
“An apple a day makes the gout go away.” Fruits can be very effective at reducing your symptoms. Other effective fruits are bananas, berries (strawberries are very good) and anything with high amounts of vitamin C.
Some dietary supplements have been known to help reduce gout. For example, safflower capsules are often used in the treatment of gout.
Drinking lots of water is a key home remedy. Even more effective is drinking water that has had lemon juice squeezed into it. Whether or not you use lemons, make sure you drink plenty of water, 7 glasses of water a day should be a minimum.
Reduce your consumption of alcohol and avoid smoking. You should know by now the harmful effects that these substances can have on your body, especially when they are not moderated.
To reduce pain associated with gout in the foot, try soaking your foot in a mixture of 1/3 cup of ground ginger and water for about half an hour. Afterwards be sure to clean the foot off completely so that the ginger won’t cause any irritation afterwards. You can also try soaking it in Epsom salts.
These are all good remedies, but in order for you to completely get rid of gout some lifestyle changes are probably in order. You’ve probably heard it a thousand times before, but here it goes once again: Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and try to keep your weight in check and exercise daily. Even if this just means a walk around the park, it is better than nothing. Start small and work your up, once you start seeing results you will be motivated to keep improving. It is highly recommended that you visit your doctor to diagnose the severity of your gout. However, don’t rely on just the medication to get rid of gout.