The Relationship Between Gout and Arthritis
This condition is yet another where inflammation is a contributing factor. The condition is called gout and it is often considered to a bit of a joke when older men suffer from it. Many will lay the blame on the gentleman himself for drinking too much and eating rich food. My own father used to suffer from gout so I know from experience how he endured the pain and discomfort in his later years. Gout is certainly not funny. While it is more common in men than women and usually felt in the feet (in particular the big toe), gout is often extremely painful. The ankles, knees, wrists, fingers or elbows can also be affected with swollen and bruised looking joints.
Gout is another form of arthritis and a lifelong conditionUric acid in the bloodstream (which can build up over many years) causes crystals to develop on the cartilage of joints as well as tendons and other tissues which then become inflamed. While everyone needs a certain amount of inflammation in the body because, if you have an injury or infection, inflammation is necessary to help protect and heal, too much and you have a chronic situation. Symptoms of inflammation are redness, warmth, pain, swelling and loss of movement or function. Chronic inflammation can lead to asthma, skin rashes, arthritis, mood swings, multiple sclerosis and of course gout.
Some chronic inflammation goes unnoticed so that you are unaware of any damage being doneTry to avoid reaching for pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs or specific gout medication which can be very harmful. Traditional gout medicine usually involves a prescription for Colcrys, Corticosteroids or Allopurinol. These work by lowering uric acid levels to decrease crystal formation but are not a good idea long term because they have so many unwanted side effects. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or Tylenol should also be avoided.
Instead make healthier lifestyle choices
These tips will help to reduce inflammation safely and in a natural way. Apart from combating inflammation, you need to work on lowering uric acid levels which could be caused in the first place by your pH being out of balance. To reverse the damage, the solution can be to help the body's pH return to normal by consuming alkalizing foods. There are several natural home remedies that can be tried to help prevent gout, reduce flare-ups and control the pain in the same way that you can use natural remedies for arthritis too.
Make these lifestyle changes
- Top of the list is to eliminate sugar and soda. Just downing two sodas a day can increase your risk of gout by at least 85%. Sugar is a poison and a huge contributing factor for inflammation. Reduce sugar to a maximum of 25 grams per day from all sources and the risk of gout will greatly diminish.
- Hydration with lots of water to help flush out any excess uric acid.
- Another wise move to make is to reduce any caffeine intake.
- Eliminate or cut down on alcohol as this both dehydrates the body and could raise uric acid levels in the blood.
- Avoid organ meats, sardines and anchovies because they are all rich in uric acid which is something you no longer require.
- Exercise is good on every level and to combat all health problems. It will help to naturally reduce uric acid levels by normalizing insulin.
Natural home remedies to try
- Organic apple cider vinegar as a drink or to sip over time. Mix 1 to 2 Tbs in an 8 ounce glass of water to reduce pain.
- Baking Soda (aluminium-free) can be mixed by adding ½ teaspoon in an 8 ounce glass of water and drunk. Repeat several times a day. Reduce the number of doses as the pain improves. Don't take too much if you suffer from high blood pressure.
- Cherries can also reduce uric acid. When in season, eat ½ cup serving daily or cherry extract when not. Be sure there is no added sugar. Who can resist cherries – what a wonderful medicine!
- Bromelain is a compound in pineapples or can be taken in a supplement form. The enzymes found in pineapples are frequently suggested as a natural home remedy for those with gout.
- Beet juice can help prevent acidosis (excess of uric acid) and stimulates the liver to cleanse bile ducts. I get ridiculed by my American friends for calling beets by the British name beetroot!
- Take extra vitamin C to reduce uric acid. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables are rich in vitamin C plus a slow release vitamin C supplement is very helpful.