Gout Natural Cures
Gout, also referred to as metabolic arthritis, is a disease created by a build up
of uric acid. Uric acid crystals are deposited on the articular cartilage of joints,
tendons, and surrounding tissues due to elevated concentrations of uric acid
in the blood stream.
Symptoms include sudden and unexpected burning pain as well as swelling,
redness, warmness, and stiffness in the affected joints. A minor fever many
times accompanies Gout as well. Most commonly men are affected, and
usually in the toe. However, women too commonly get Gout.
Rest the Joint for Gout Relief- While affected, it is very important to keep the
joint elevated and at rest. Try to avoid putting any pressure on the joint during
Cure Gout with Ice- If the joint is not too tender, consider applying an ice pack
to it. Doing this, you can soothe and relieve pain in the area. After 10 minutes of
application, remove the ice and let it rest for 10 minutes. Repeat this cycle as
Drink Plenty of Water- Drinking larger amounts of water helps remove excess
uric acid that can potentially worsen the problem.
Avoid High-Purine Foods- Foods high in purine content are likely to induce
gout. Some of these foods are animal products that are high in protein such as
brains, anchovies, heart, gravy, herring, liver, kidney, mussels, and sardines.
Other foods that contribute to gout but in a lesser manner are asparagus,
cauliflower, mushrooms, oatmeal, shellfish, spinach, and dry beans. These
foods should be only eaten in limited proportions.
Limit Gout by Avoiding Alcohol- Alcohol can potentially increase uric acid
production. Beer, especially, is one of the worst alcoholic beverages to drink
as a gout sufferer because of its even higher purine content.
The Cherry Cure- Many have reported the beneficial effects of cherries to a
gout victim. It is suggested that one eats about 10 cherries, or about 1
tablespoon of cherry concentrate, daily.
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