4. Get to Know Your Triggers
Pay close attention to your diet and see what foods are triggering your gout. All sorts of things can cause your uric acid levels to spike. Knowing what food items triggers you the most will help to avoid gout flares from happening.
No test can help you determine what triggers are causing your uric acid levels to rise, so you are on your own on this one. The good news is that it’s almost always easy to recognize what your triggers are.
5. Keep Stress Levels Low
It’s so easy to get stressed by the littlest thing these days.
Maybe because you’re overworked? Too exposed to the internet and it’s worsening our anxiety? Maybe you lack sleep. Or maybe it’s the condition itself that’s causing you unwanted stress.
Whatever it is, try to manage it. Some things you can do to decrease stress include meditation, deep breathing, and yoga.
6. Take the Right Supplements
Certain vitamins and minerals have been found to help with gout. This includes the following:
- Vitamin C (500mg/day). This vitamin has a urate-lowering effect which lessens your chances of experiencing gout.
- Cherry supplements. Gout sufferers laud cherries for its benefit on gout. The fruit contains anthocyanins which help fight inflammation. However, not everyone can follow the daily recommended consumption of cherries. That’s why there are cherry supplements which act as a replacement for eating a bowl of cherries daily.
- Chanca piedra supplements. Chanca piedra is an herb that’s known to inhibit uric acid. It goes to the root cause of the problem by blocking the production of uric acid in the body, thus avoiding a gout attack. Furthermore, the plant breaks down uric acid buildup and flushes it out from the body.
- Magnesium supplements. Dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, legumes, tofu, and bananas are some foods that are rich in magnesium. However, if you have a hard time incorporating these into your diet, you can take magnesium supplements instead.
- Dandelion supplements. Though unproven to treat gout, dandelion has been found to lower uric acid levels in those who are at risk for kidney problems.
- Milk thistle. Originally used for liver health, milk thistle can help lower uric acid especially for those who suffer from kidney complications.
- Hibiscus. Hibiscus is a folk remedy used to treat gout. It helps lower uric acid levels.
These lifestyle changes in combination with medication can be very effective in keeping gout attacks at bay. It may be hard to make some of these changes right away so don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail. Keep trying anyway. Having a positive attitude towards change makes you more likely to stick to those healthy habits.
Natural Home Remedies for Gout Treatment
1. Get Rest
The most important thing to do when you experience a gout attack is to rest the affected joint.
Symptoms will only get worse if you try to move. Get as much rest as possible during a gout attack and only move once the pain has subsided.
2. Put Ice on It
Wrap ice in a thin towel and apply it on the affected area to reduce inflammation and soothe the ache. Hold for 20 to 30 minutes a day until the pain subsides.
3. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular home remedies for gout because it’s cheap, accessible, and is packed with health benefits. Its alkalizing mechanism helps reduce acidity in the body, helping to relieve gout pain.
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of raw unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, and drink it. Do this at least 3 times a day to really get its benefits. To make your drink even more potent, add lemon juice and turmeric. Both show great benefits when it comes to lowering uric acid.
You can also use apple cider vinegar topically. Just mix 4 cups of water and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a bucket and soak the affected joint in it. You may also soak a dry towel with apple cider vinegar and wrap it around the affected area. Leave for 15 minutes before rinsing.
3. Take Baking Soda
Just like apple cider vinegar, baking soda alkalizes your body, lowering the amount of uric acid. Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink multiple glasses of this beverage throughout the day. Aim for up to 4 teaspoons a day. However, if you have blood pressure, you’ll want to avoid this remedy as baking soda is high in sodium.
4. Make Ginger or Turmeric Tea
Both ingredients contain powerful anti-inflammatories which help reduce the pain caused by a gout flare. You can make tea using one of the ingredients or combine them. You can also make a paste of ginger root and apply it topically on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing.
5. Eat Celery Sticks or Seeds
Celery is commonly used to treat urinary issues, but it can also be taken for gout. This is because celery contains ideal amounts of magnesium which can help lower gout risk.
6. Eat Apples
Apples contain malic acid that helps lower uric acid. However, it does contain fructose which might trigger flare ups. Limit consumption to once a day to get its benefits.
7. Soak in Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are rich magnesium, which is a mineral that can help lower risk for gout. Although studies have shown that it doesn’t have a significant impact when applied topically, certain patients still apply this remedy to get relief from a gout attack. Soak yourself or the affected joint for 30 minutes in epsom salt to get maximum relief.
I hope this extensive list of lifestyle recommendations, treatments, and remedies will help in your journey to fighting those dreaded gout symptoms.
Do you have other remedies, treatments, lifestyle hacks that have helped with your gout? Share them in the comments below!