9 Home Remedies for Gout
Gout is a kind of arthritis that can cause sudden stiffness, swelling, intense tenderness, and burning pain in a joint. The most common place for this pain to occur is the big toe. The area will continue to hurt and swell unless the gout is treated. Gout is most common in men and, over time, it can cause serious harm to joints and tendons. Gout can also effect the ears and small joints on the ankles, knees, hands and wrists.
Gout is caused by an overly high concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream. High levels of uric acid aren’t generally harmful or dangerous and most people with too much uric acid in their blood do not get gout. The conditions is much more likely to develop in those who drink too much alcohol, are overweight, or eat too much meat and fish with high levels of chemicals called “purines.” Gout develops when high levels of uric acid in your blood forms hard crystals in your joints.
We’ll get more into the nitty gritty of foods and home remedies that can help you naturally relieve symptoms and even eliminate gout but first, let’s be clear about the worst food offenders. Here is the short list of foods to avoid:
- Excess sugar – sugar feeds yeast in the body
- Processed grains – grains turn into sugar
- Processed meat – low grade meat products are full of unhealthy antibiotics and hormones
Replace these harmful food items with plenty of fruits, vegetables and organic meats. Gout is linked to additional health problems such as diabetes, kidney stones and hypertension. Treating it is the only way to stay healthy. In addition to medical treatment, you can promote healing and symptom relief by following these simple home remedies.
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