Some two to five million Americans, 90% of them male in their 40s or older, now suffer from GOUT. Gout is a type of arthritis and it can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Historically, gout sufferers were not given the sympathy they deserved. They were often joked about and it was even known as the "disease of kings". Fortunately, now that we know more about this condition, those with gout are given a more compassionate hearing.
Why does gout appear?
The problem arises when uric acids gather in the blood. This build up come from the breakdown of the waste processed by the kidneys which is then absorbed in the blood. But when the kidneys cannot get rid of the uric acid quickly enough, it crystallizes and in turn builds up waste products in the joints. Too much build up and we have the condition known as gout.
What are the symptoms of gout?
Symptoms of gout appear as redness of the joints, tenderness and sudden pain. Sadly, this condition is chronic and can be very difficult to endure. The big toe is the most commonly affected area but gout can attack the feet, ankles, knees and hands as well An attack or “flare” can last for days or months.
How can gout be treated naturally?
Fresh, organic berries (especially cherries and strawberries) can be very beneficial to gout sufferers just as long as they are eaten in moderation with 10 to 12 cherries or berries per day being suggested. Tart cherries contain anthocyanins
, two powerful antioxidants that can slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxygenase-1 and -2
, which help relieve and prevent gout and arthritis
. In the case of strawberries, these are a rich source of free radical-fighting antioxidants while also helping the body eliminate uric acid. When out of season, buy an organic, unpasteurized variety of berry and cherry juice that is free of HFCS and other sugars. You can also invest in organic frozen or canned tart cherries or strawberries. As with many conditions of inflammation, diet can play a big part. Men and those who are obese are at greater risk. If you’re prone to gout, the foods you eat—and don’t eat—play a key role in keeping your joints pain-free. Take a look at our earlier post on good choices to make
. Drink lots of healthy fluids (including plenty of pure filtered water) to keep both the blood and the urine flowing and always avoid sugar and sugary drinks when possible - especially anything containing high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Natural home remedies for gout
Here is one natural remedy which you can easily put together yourself at home. The recipe is courtesy of choosehealthylife.com You will need
- Raw honey.
- 1 cup tart cherry juice (make sure it is both sugar and artificial sweetener free).
- 1 pineapple.
- 2 tsp. turmeric powder.
- 3 tsp. ginger powder or 1 fresh ginger root. Ginger is a natural immune system booster with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
- A blender.
- Glass container with a lid.
How to make it
- Remove the stem and the skin of the pineapple. Don't discard the stem as this is rich in bromein. This natural anti-inflammatory is found in fresh pineapples.
- Slice the pineapple and stem and put it in a blender until full mashed.
- Add all the other ingredients.
- Store in a glass container with the lid on and leave in the fridge for at least 9 days.
- Once the 9 days have passed, consume a spoonful every day.
When you see the contents of the container starting to go down enough, make a fresh batch to use after the next 9 days and so on. Here is our second suggested home remedy and it is our own H-Gout Formula
- an effective topical treatment to provide rapid relief from gout pain and inflammation – gently and safely.