Gout is a very painful type of arthritis that happens when there is too much uric acid in a person's system. The excessive type of acid forms needle like crystals around joints in your body. A common area of ​​attack is the big toe.

Your body has the ability to flush out this acid. The kidneys are responsible for flushing out the excess in the body. The kidneys can be overwhelmed if a person is eating food high in purine. These foods are the main cause of the formation of the uric acid in a person's system. Also if a person is overweight this can place too much stress on the kidneys which affects their ability to filter out the uric acid.

One way to flush your body of this type of excess acid is to drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Water can really help to flush your system plus help you to lose weight. By losing weight you will take stress off your kidneys so they can work at their best to filter out the uric acid. This is just one natural gout remedy that a gout sufferer can use on a daily basis.

Foods that are high in purines that help produce the uric acid are foods such as red meat and some types of fish. Foods that are high in fat and cholesterol are also usually high in purines.

It is not just meat that is high in purines. Some vegetables that we usually absorb are good for us can be a contributing factor to our gout. Spinach, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms and peas are some of those vegetables that contribute to our gout flare-ups.

So as you may have guessed another natural gout remedy is to avoid the foods that are high in purines or the foods that can cause a gout flare-up. As mentioned earlier these foods are also commonly high in fat and cholesterol.

Gout for some reason is more prevalent in men than women. Nine times more men than women will suffer from the painful symptoms of gout. Those women most likely to suffer from gout are women who are menopausal. Between the women and men there are approximately 5 million people in the United States that suffer from gout.

Once a person has gout there is really no permanent cure. You can do certain things to control the symptoms of gout and relieve some of the painful symptoms of gout.