Many people are unaware that gout is a type of arthritis and, in the same way, can be caused by too much inflammation. Unfortunately gout can be very painful and uncomfortable. There is a fine line between enough inflammation in the body and too much. Everyone needs a certain amount of inflammation because, if you have an injury or infection, it is there to help protect and heal. But too much and you can be faced with a chronic condition like gout, asthma, skin rashes, arthritis and mood swings .
Fortunately, you can avoid expensive and often toxic pharmaceutical drugs for treating gout by changing your lifestyle choices and embracing natural home remedies.
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Changing your lifestyle choices
These include cutting out alcohol and sugar, giving up smoking, taking plenty of regular exercise, getting good restorative sleep, and eating a healthy diet that is low in uric acid.
Part of eating a healthy diet (when you suffer from gout) is avoiding high-purine foods. Such high-purine foods are also high-protein foods, and they include organ meats like kidney, fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and mussels and yeast.
Trying these natural home remedies
Drink plenty of water to flush out the uric acid.
Make yourself a beverage using organic apple cider vinegar. Just mix two tablespoons into an 8 oz glass of water and sip throughout the day whenever you need to reduce the pain and discomfort of gout.
Another natural remedy is to add the juice of 1/2 lemon to a glass of water and drink it three times a day.
Fresh cherries will reduce uric acid so make the most of them when in season by eating ½ a cup daily. Look for local organic cherries at natural stores. Out of season, you can get cherry concentrates and cherry extracts from a variety of companies. Even cooked cherry juice will work just as well as raw cherries.
Beets are available year round so it is easy to prepare beet juice as a way to help prevent acidosis (excess of uric acid) and stimulate the liver to cleanse bile ducts at the same time.
Along with its health benefits, extra vitamin C helps to reduce uric acid. While lots of fresh fruit and vegetables are rich in vitamin C, we really cannot have too much of a good thing so a slow release vitamin C supplement is helpful and good value for money.
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