Gout is a certain form of arthritis which can lead to inflammation of the joints. Swelling, stiffness and severe pain are all symptoms of gout which can develop in just a few hours. The main cause of gout is due to having a very high amount of uric acid, which can cause hard crystals to be formed in your joints.
Uric acid comes from decomposing purines, which are chemicals that occur naturally within the body and are found in many foods. If someone’s diet is very rich in purines it can raise uric acid levels in the body and possibly lead to them having gout.
So, if you have gout and you want to improve your condition you have to lower the level of uric acid that is inside your body. The best way to start would be to make some changes in your lifestyle and diet.
First of all, limit meats and seafood. These foods are very rich in purines, and diets that consist of a lot of these types of foods can lead to gout.
You should be consuming lots of fresh, colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Foods such as asparagus, beans and lentils are very low in purines. Also, you should reduce processed sugars such as high- fructose corn syrup, foods high in saturated fats, and alcohol.
Making sure to exercise and having a well-balanced diet is imperative as being overweight is one of the most effective ways of raising your risk of developing gout.
Water keeps the body hydrated and assists in the elimination of uric acid. Keep your body hydrated with a combination of water, natural juices without any added sugar, fruit infused water, and herbal teas.
Natural Remedies that Prevent Gout:
Research has found baking soda to be very effective at reducing the amount of uric acid in the body. If you are trying to prevent the development of gout, add half a teaspoon to one glass of water and drink it every day. If you are currently suffering from gout, take a whole teaspoon.
We all know that there are many benefits that come from drinking lemon water. One of these benefits include reducing your chances of suffering from gout. When the body is more alkaline than acidic it is able to prevent numerous health conditions, including gout. Adding lemon juice to your water increases the alkalinity of the body, and prevents uric acid crystal formation. All you need to do is to squeeze half of a lemon into 8 ounces of warm water and consume the drink every morning on an empty stomach.
Apple cider vinegar also increases body alkalinity. It contains malic acid which is effective in the disintegration of uric acid. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces of water. Drink this mixture every day, before your lunch and dinner.
Meat and seafood: http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/tc/diet-and-gout-topic-overview
Baking soda and uric acid: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1831527/
Lemon juice and alkalinity: http://www.energiseforlife.com/acid-alkaline-food-chart-1.1.pdf
Apple cider vinegar and alkalinity: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20403610
Apple cider vinegar and malic acid: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1785201/