Remedies For the Gout
Gout is a very painful form of arthritis. It is an extremely acidic condition that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the body. Gout, or the gout as it is often called, can be treated with conventional meds prescribed by doctors. Medicine remedies for the gout can reduce painful symptoms but they have mild to serious side effects which include headaches, stomachaches, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, swelling, nervousness, and insomnia. On the other hand, home remedies for the gout also reduce pain but without dangerous side effects.
What causes gout?
Gout is the result of uric acid crystals building up in the body and accumulating around joints. During gout flare-ups the feet (big toe is common), hands, wrists, and knees are most often affected.
The following things are believed to cause uric acid buildup, or gout: excessive meat and seafood consumption (purines), alcohol consumption, diuretic medications/ regular diuretic use, obesity, low calorie diets and/or rapid weight loss.
During gout attacks the entire afflicted area becomes red, swollen, inflexible, and extremely painful. Many people have found that consuming ordinary foods such as raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey, and cherry juice gives them relief. Interestingly, before fast foods and cheap convenience foods were readily available “the gout” was called a rich man’s disease because poor people couldn’t afford to eat the foods that caused it! Making some dietary adjustments will greatly reduce the chance of reoccurring flare-ups.
Cut out or greatly limit:
Cut out or cut down on alcohol, sweets, and animal protein such as red meat, organ meat, forager fish, fatty fish, and seafood. All animal protein contains purines so it’s best to cut meats from the diet or at least limit portions to 4 to 6 ounces daily.
Consume more of:
Drink plenty of water (very important), and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and unrefined seeds and nuts. In other words, eat plant-based proteins and complex carbohydrates.
Whether you have a history of gout flare-ups or just want to ensure you never experience them, here’s a super easy recipe for gout:
Home Remedy for The Gout
Dilute 4 TBS of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar with 4 TBS of raw honey (unprocessed and unheated, you can get it at health-food stores) in a quart of pure water – distilled water works great – and keep in the fridge. Drink about a half-cup (4 oz.) daily. This cleansing tonic is also great for people who suffer from arthritis and rheumatism, and it can be slowly sipped to relieve heat stroke and food poisoning.
The reason kitchen remedies for the gout work so well is they neutralize pH and acidic buildup in the body.
Essential oils for gout
Essential oils are excellent home remedies for the gout. Frankincense, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Birch are favorite choices. Deep Blue is a doTERRA blend that is great for relieving painful gout flare-ups (and pain in general), and Frankincense and Basil are known to help with gout as well.
To use essential oils for gout, here is the protocol:
Soak the afflicted area in cold water to get the circulation going, then dry the skin and apply one or more essential oils – drop them on the skin and very gently massage them in. Frankincense and Peppermint are “drivers” so it’s best to apply them as a top layer – on top of other oils. Cover the inflamed area with a hot wet washcloth or towel and then a warm heating pad. This will drive in the healing benefits of the essential oils and make them even more effective.
Adding lemon essential oil to drinking water will neutralize pH
Add freshly squeezed lemon juice or food-grade lemon essential oil to your drinking water each day. Lemon essential oil makes water taste delicious and it dissolves crystals… and is a preventative measure against gout. Just make sure your lemon essential oil is truly pure and approved for internal consumption – look for a CPTG rating on the label.
Nutritional supplements are helpful
Taking high quality daily supplements, including cleansing herbs like hydrangea, is also very beneficial for dealing with, and preventing gout.
The bottom line is…
Home remedies for the gout particularly attractive because they are safe, and they usually provide quick relief, and they also reduce chances of reoccurring flare-ups down the road. Especially when a person chooses to clean up their diet. When left untreated, gout symptoms will usually clear up after about a week. But why needlessly suffer?? Home remedies for the gout are the “makes sense” ticket