Natural gout remedies are growing in popularity since they are derived from nature and do not have the side effects of traditional medical treatment of gout. The natural gout remedies actually leave a person feeling better and can be used long term unlike the traditional medical treatment which can not be used for an extended period of time due to the side effects.
If you do not have medical coverage for prescription drugs than natural gout remedies are much cheaper plus they are easily accessible. Most items used for treating gout naturally can be found at your local grocery store or health food store.
When trying natural gout remedies you are usually making changes to your diet. Other things that you can do is to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Weight training and exercise will improve your overall health and help prevent a gout attack. Stretching exercises will help your joints and muscles from tightening up and swelling. Try to fit in about 15 minutes of daily exercise.
One of the best natural gout remedies that people often overlook is drinking lots of water a day. We all know that water helps flush our system so by flushing out the excess uric acid which is responsible for gout we can prevent gout attacks. Drinking water also helps a person who is trying to lose weight to cur their appetite. Overweight people are more prone to gout so drinking water has more than just one benefit.
Of course the most common natural gout remedy is abstinence. Foods that are high in purines that are major contributors to gout should be avoided or at least taken in moderation. These foods are red meat, alcohol, spinach, cauliflower, mushrooms, mackerel and salmon just to mention a few. Usually foods that have a high cholesterol level and fat level also have high purine level.
Other natural gout remedies that people have found to work for them is cloves of garlic, ginger, black cherry juice, bilberries, bananas and apple cider vinegar.
Many people will mix chopped garlic cloves with black cherry juice and drink this on a daily basis in order to ward off their gout symptoms.
Ginger on the other hand is not ingested but rather it is ground up and put into a bath. By putting in about 1/3 cup of ginger into your bath the ginger will cause sweating and will help remove the uric acid from your tissue. After you have bathed in the ginger make sure to wash very well and get all the ginger off. Ginger can cause skin irritations.
Bilberries help to reduce uric acid levels while also stopping the destruction of surrounding tissues. Bananas are rich in potassium and they help to liquefy the uric acid. Once the crystals are liquefied they are able to move out of the joints and be flushed out of the body.
Another natural gout remedy used by gout sufferers is apple cider vinegar. You can make a mixture of the vinegar and rose hips and then apply it to an affected area a few times a day. You can also soak in it and these two ways will help eradicate the uric acid from your body. You can also mix it with honey and drink with every meal.
If you are a gout sufferer I hope the above helps you to relieve some of the painful symptoms of gout.