Gout is a form of arthritis which is very common and can affect anyone. It normally affects one joint at a time and the condition is painful. The usual site for the attack is the small joint underneath the big toe. It is caused by a higher level of uric acid in the body. The increased level of acid leads to the formation of crystal forms around joints causing severe pain. Gout is more common in men than in women. Women are prone to the attack of Gout after menopause.
Intense pain and swelling in joints, redness in the joints especially the joints at the base of the toe, knees, elbows, and fingers. Sometimes the pain lasts for a few days or weeks. The affected joints swell and turn red. The accumulation of uric acid occurs when the body breaks down purines, that are present in the food we consume. Gout is normally caused by hyperuricemia, a condition resulted from the excessive uric acid found in the body. People with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney and heart problems, consumption of food with high fructose, etc are more likely to develop hyperuricemia.
Gout can be prevented by enhancing the quality of your lifestyle.
- Avoid or reduce alcohol consumption. Recent studies show that people who drink are prone to Gout attacks. It’s better to consult a doctor to understand which products are safe for you.
- Avoid foods that are high in purines.
- Limit sweetened foods.
- Stay hydrated.
- Engage in physical activities like walking and swimming.
- Consult a doctor.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Avoid activities that risk joints.
- Limit intake of food with excess fat, meat, and fish.
What Are The Natural Remedies?
Ginger can be used as a remedy to reduce pain. Make a ginger paste by adding one teaspoon of grated ginger into boiling water. Take a piece of cloth and soak it in it. After cooling, place it to the affected area for 15- 30 minutes. It’s better to do an allergy test before applying it.
Celery is often used to treat urinary issues. Eating the seeds and stick of celery has become a popular remedy for inflammation from gout.
Lemon juice, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar are also recommended. Take lemon juice and mix it with warm water. Add two teaspoons of turmeric and one spoon apple cider vinegar. Try these two times a day. Hibiscus is also considered a herbal remedy as it helps to reduce the level of uric acid.