More than 2 million Americans, mostly men over the age of 30, suffer from this painful condition, which is similar to the pain of arthritis. Gout occurs when your body’s uric acid changes from liquid to tiny crystals. Those sharp crystals reside in the joints causing intense pain and swelling. Not only does this lead to gout attacks but it can also destroy joints and lead to kidney and gallbladder stones. Most suffer from gout in the big toe, which can make walking difficult and painful. Once one gout attack happens, which can last for several days, you are more likely to have many more in the future.
After suffering from a gout attack, there are a number of natural remedies to help prevent another gout attack. The best natural treatment is water. Water can help prevent many conditions, if people learn to drink enough of it. Water helps flush out uric acid. If you have had one gout attack, then you know you have high levels of uric acid and in order to flush it out, drink plenty of water on a daily basis. When I say plenty of water, I mean plenty of water, somewhere in the range of 128 ounces a day, which is double the recommend amount of 64 ounces a day.
Believe me, drinking this much water will help to flush out acid build up in your system, you will run, and I mean run, to the bathroom, but going to the bathroom is much better than having a gout attack. Continue to drink this much water for a year, once your gout subsides you can cut back to 64 ounces a day. The best type of water to drink is distilled or filtered water, which is pure. Avoid spring water, which can harden the arteries.
To prevent and remove gout, try eating cherries. The substance in cherries works very well to lower uric acid levels in the body. Eat anywhere from a Ã?Â½ cup to a pound of cherries everyday. If you don’t want to eat all those cherries, try putting them in a blender and making a juice. Don’t buy store brought cherry juice drink the natural juice made with real cherries. Wild or black cherries are the best type of cherries to help prevent and remove gout. Another way to prevent and remove gout is to avoid eating foods rich in purine like liver, kidneys, sardines, mackerel, anchovies, asparagus, and mushrooms. Not eating these foods will help to prevent frequent and severe gout attacks from occurring.
Unfortunately, alcohol can cause your body to produce more uric acid so you know what that means for those who drink. You can also take a tablespoon of Apple-Cider Vinegar every morning and evening to help prevent and remove frequent and painful gout attacks. Also, taking vitamin B6 helps water to flow easier throughout the body, which can help uric acid from forming into crystals. Magnesium helps the body absorb vitamin B6. Take 50 mgs of B6 every day and 400 mgs of magnesium to help prevent and remove gout.