Relieve Gout Pain Naturally

Gout, a form of arthritis, is a very painful condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Gout most often results when needle-like crystals of uric acid form in the body’s connective tissues or joints. These uric acid crystals inflame the surrounding area, leading to inflammatory arthritis. This inflammatory arthritis results in heat, pain, redness, stiffness, swelling and deep, persistent pain in the joints, specially of toe and knee. The distressing part is that, many of those afflicted with gout pain think that the only way to relieve the pain is to take pain killers. What many people with gout do not know is there are effective natural remedies for gout pain that are effective and safe.

Home tips for relieving gout pain: What do you have to do when you are in acute pain?

Crushed Ice Pack:
Place a crushed ice pack on the inflammed joint for about 10 minutes. Don't apply directly on the skin. Cover the area with a towel and then apply the pack. Repeat the process.

Hot towel compress:
An alternative is to alternate the ice pack with hot towel compress.

Charcoal Bath:
A charcoal bath can also be used as a natural gout cure. Use an old basin or big bowl. Mix one half cup of charcoal powder with water until a paste is made. Place affected foot into the basin and add water until the foot is covered. You should soak your foot in the charcoal bath for 30 to 60 minutes.

You can also use charcoal taken by mouth (one half to one teaspoon of activated charcoal) as a natural gout cure. This works by reducing uric acid in the blood.
Elevate your feet: Once you start to feel the old familiar gout pain, you should try to rest and put your feet up. Stay off your feet as much as you can and rest. This will help you to overcome the pain of a gout attack more easily.

Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple Cider Vinegar (taken orally or applied topically) has been shown to alleviate gout pain. If consumed, it could lower the uric acid levels in the body and stop the pain.

Preventing gout attack
Gout attacks are more likely to reoccur when uric acid levels are elevated. To prevent from gout attack, it is necessary to keep the uric acid levels normal and this implies a change in your lifestyle and diet.
Cherries and Cherry juice are considered one of the best natural cure for gout. Both the fruit and the juice is known to have a direct impact on painful joints. Millions of people, around the world, will vouch for the effectiveness of cherry juice as a natural cure for gout. The presence of antioxidants and flavanoids in cherries helps in fighting pain caused by gout.

Take vitamin C supplements regularly which helps in reducing uric acid levels in the body.

A well planned diet is the best natural cure for gout. You should make it a point to avoid food that raises the levels of uric acid in the body. Avoid foods that are high in purines, like certain types of meat and seafood. Include plenty of vegetables and fruits, as part of your diet. You should also avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking if you have gout. For proper diet chart, refer to Natural Remedies for Uric Acid.

Along with your diet, make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. 10-12 glasses a day will help in flushing out harmful toxins in the body and reducing uric acid levels.

Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body weight. Lose weight if you are overweight. But it is advisable not to go on quick-loss diets because they can actually increase uric acid levels in the blood.

Take the medicines your healthcare provider has prescribed.

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