Excellent Home Remedies for Gout Relief

December 3, 2012 by Mayank.

Gout is a condition that is caused by excessive amount of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is formed when waste substances known as purines are broken down. In a normal, healthy body, this uric acid is processed by the kidneys and thrown out of the body in the form of urine. However, in some people, the kidneys are overwhelmed by the amount of uric acid being produced and they are unable to eliminate it effectively.

As a result, it builds up in the bloodstream, before eventually forming crystals and collecting around the joints of the body, such as the ankles, knees, heels, fingers, elbows, and wrists, but particularly the big toe. Sometimes, these uric deposits are so big they end up pushing against the skin, forming lumpy patches known as tophi.

Gout is more than just a painful ailment. It is also quite a dangerous. Currently, the number of people suffering from gout in the US alone is estimated to be 8.3 million. If left untreated or the uric acid is allowed to build up unchecked, it can lead to heart attack, diabetes, and even death. While almost anybody can get gout, it is a condition that is more common among men than women, and it rarely ever affects children.

Technological advancements have given gout sufferers several medicines that can provide symptomatic relief. However, these can be quite expensive. On the other hand, there are several home remedies that are not just effective but also reasonable. These remedies are time tested and known to bring relief, especially in the early stages of the condition.

1. Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants known as anthocyanins. Including them in your diet can lessen the inflammation in the joints caused by gout. For best results, stick to fresh cherries, since the canned variety contain preservatives that dilute the efficacy of the antioxidants.

2. Raw vegetable juice made by mixing one part fresh beetroot juice, one part fresh cucumber juice, and three parts fresh carrot juice is yet another excellent home remedy for gout sufferers. This mocktail must be had at least once a day, every day. What is does is cleanse the body of excessive uric acid, thereby preventing build up around the joints.

3. We've all heard of the benefits of having an apple a day. To triple that benefit and turn it into a gout home remedy, have three apples a day - one after every meal. Apples contain malic acid, a compound that has the property of reducing inflammation and fighting against the ill-effects of uric acid build up in the body.

4. Speaking of apples, apple cider is an extremely popular home remedy among grandmothers and old-timers. Used successfully to treat a wide variety of ailments, it's also quite effective against gout pain. Mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with equal amount of natural honey and have it twice a day. Within a few hours, the pain will subside.

While these gout remedies are quite effective, they only being relief to patients who are in the early stages of the condition. Those who have progressed beyond a certain stage will find these tips to be of little use. It's important that they seek medical intervention to treat the problem at its roots. Failing to do so could have serious repercussions.

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When Gout Causes Swelling of Legs and Feet

December 14, 2012 by Teresa.

What is it about elevating our feet above the heart level that is so beneficial? If you suffer from gout, you not only face excruciating pain, but you may also deal with swelling, adding to the all-around discomfort. Yet, so many people fail to do the little things that can assist in reducing swelling and even alleviating pain. Certainly, gout can be troublesome. It has a way of altering your life. However, something as simple as elevating the feet each day to encourage the fluid to flow away from the feet and legs and reducing swelling may be overlooked. You may even want to consider lying down and elevating the feet above heart level.

Medications, dietary restrictions, drinking extra fluids and elevating the feet are all part of a treatment plan that needs to be seriously incorporated into your daily life. Taking short walking breaks if you have been seated for an extended period of time is recommended as well. Avoid standing for long periods of time, but beware, simply sitting with feet below heart level for too long may also create problems. Gravity can do a number on our lower extremities.

Swelling is a natural defense mechanism that the body resorts to after an injury. Chemicals are released and sent to the injury, resulting in swelling. This prevents movement in the area of the injury. Movement can aggravate symptoms and cause more swelling. Gout symptoms are a signal to your body that there is an injury. Automatically, swelling takes place as a response to this natural protective signal.

We live in a face-paced world. It is hard to slow down even when our body is doing its best to signal that we need to do so. However, swollen ankles and legs can be a warning of other medical conditions besides gout. It can even be unrelated to water retention, arthritis or dietary issues. If you suffer from chronic edema in your lower extremities make sure to consult your doctor. You will want to rule out blood clots or infections. If you have already been diagnosed with gout, make sure to follow the treatment plan that your doctor has prescribed. Proper medications, lifestyle changes, as well as staying educated to the ways to care for gout or any new remedies are important practices.

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Stay on Top of Gout Pain with these Simple Tips & Suggestions

December 19, 2012 by Mayank.

Referred to as the "disease of kings" in olden days, gout seems to make no such exceptions in modern times. Caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints of the body, particularly the big toe, almost anybody can get gout; although it is more common among men than women.

The factors that cause uric acid to accumulate in the body can be extremely varied, and can include excessive consumption of alcohol, lack of vitamin C in the diet, high blood pressure, obesity, kidney damage, diabetes, enzyme defects, and vascular diseases, among others.

Regardless of what causes the condition, there is no getting away from the fact that gout is an excruciating condition. While there are several medicines available in the market, very often people turn to home remedies to get relief from the pain, swelling, and inflammation. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, here are some tried and tested tips that will alleviate the symptoms and give you peace of mind.
Epsom Salt
Epsom Salt is the magical ingredient that features prominently in a wide variety of grandmother's remedies. And for good reason too! Epsom salt is known to improve circulation, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and flush toxins out of the body. For immediate relief, soak your feet (or the affected area) in a warm tub of Epsom salt. Alternatively, you could add two cups of Epsom Salt to your tub for a more leisurely bath.
The Charcoal-Flaxseed Poultice
Mix equal parts of finely powdered activated charcoal and flaxseed with warm water and make a thick, sticky paste. Spread this paste on the affected area and tie a clean cloth over it. Leave the paste overnight or change it every four hours. If you are sitting on the bed, cover this poultice carefully so you don't end up staining the sheets.
Drink Plenty of Water
Surprising as that may sound, staying hydrated can reduce the intensity of gout pain. As mentioned before, the condition is caused by the buildup, and the eventual crystallization, of uric acid in the joints. Drinking plenty of water - about 8 ounces 8 times a day - is known to prevent that from happening.
Castor Oil Pack
Soak a flannel cloth in warm castor oil and place it over the inflamed area, after wringing out the excess oil. This cloth can be held in place by a plastic wrap and, to make the treatment more effective, you could place a hot water bottle or heating pad over it. This castor oil pack must be applied twice a day, each session lasting about forty five minutes to an hour.
Ice Pack
Applying ice pack directly to the swollen joint for 10-15 minutes is a time honored remedy that works like a charm every single time. It alleviates the pain and inflammation and brings great relief to the patients.
Juniper Oil
The medicinal properties of juniper are well documented. Several gout sufferers have claimed that a juniper compress on the inflamed joint brings great relief and helps in the breakdown of toxic uric deposits.

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Uric Acid May Contribute to More than Gout

December 21, 2012 by Teresa.

A build up of uric acid in the body can cause gout. It is also implicated in other adult health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and chronic kidney stones. Studies suggest that high levels of uric acid in young people may be a significant indicator for future development of gout and other diseases.

Hyperuricemia is an abnormal elevation of uric acid in the blood. Although there is no conclusive evidence of the role of uric acid in a wide range of adult diseases, there is a growing body of evidence that points to a connection between uric acid and certain adult diseases that may be predictable from early childhood. Uric acid has long been connected to the painful condition of gout. However, If you have gout, it may also indicate other body system problems, like high cholesterol, diabetes, or even kidney failure.

Heredity also plays a role in gout, but genes alone do not always account for gout. Hyperuricemia causes gout in some families but not in others. However, the noticeable rise of gout cases since World War II suggests that there is more than just a hereditary predisposition for the disease. As obesity rates have grown, so have gout rates. What we are eating may be the biggest contributor to the enormous increase in gout cases over the past sixty years.

Other diseases that appear to be risk factors for gout are metabolic syndrome, kidney problems, high tryglycerides and high blood pressure, with as much as 14% of hypertension patients also having gout. Once again, some of these diseases may be connected to hyperuricemia. It is also important to remember that many people have high levels of uric acid but do not go on to develop gout.

Black people with hyperuricemia may be at a higher risk for gout. There are also more cases of gout in younger men which could be connected to diet and obesity.

Is there any good news? Taking proactive steps are highly recommended. Lifestyle changes may prevent certain conditions from becoming chronic.

- Reduce your consumption of meat and shellfish.
- Avoid fructose in foods and drinks.
- Maintain an appropriate weight.
- Don't consume alcohol.
- Drink plenty of clear fluids. Your kidneys will thank you.

If you have already been diagnosed with gout and it is severe or chronic, you may need to take medication to reduce your uric acid levels. Consult with your doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to managing gout attacks. At the same time, you may also be protecting yourself against other diseases.

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The Affects of Winter Weather on Gout

December 25, 2012 by Teresa.

Old man winter is here again. For those of us who don't have the luxury or maybe even the desire to winter in Arizona, the change in temperature may not be a blessing. Shoveling snow, extra clothing, higher heating bills and colds and flus are some of the persistent downers connected to cold weather, but if you suffer from gout, they may seem more like mere aggravations compared to a painful attack. Some people even insist that they their body can predict a change in weather.

Is there a connection between arthritic flare-ups like gout and cold weather? The answer is a resounding yes and no. Although not conclusive, research suggests that it is not so much the cold weather that affects attacks, but instead the change of climate. In other words, even those who have moved to warmer climates may eventually adjust to their new environment over time resulting in gout attacks that are induced by climate changes in the new location as well. The secret of possible success seems to be avoiding frequent weather changes and that can be very tricky.

If indeed body temperatures are affected by weather changes then it may be fair to conclude that erratic temperatures could irritate nerves from crystallized uric acids reacting to these changes. However, the triggers may include hot and humid weather as well.

What's the solution?

- Dehumidifiers and air conditioners can help to regulate the environment within your home, possibly making it a gout-friendlier abode.

- Wearing warm socks (wool) and gloves and hats when outdoors are highly recommended. The outer extremities of your body get the coldest the quickest.

- Avoid as much as possible being outdoors in cold weather for long periods.

- If you live in a hot and humid region, stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is recommended.

The pain of gout can be intense. Identifying your personal triggers and then taking steps to avoid the triggers are important. If you have been diagnosed with gout, proper medications and lifestyle changes can also help to reduce frequent flare-ups.

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