Naturally Treat Joint Pain Caused By Gout

February 20, 2012

In the past twenty years, the rate of gout has doubled—mostly due to a change in diet and exercise habits in the American population. If you remember your history, you may also remember that gout symptoms are traditionally thought of as affecting king’s and rich men, and that Benjamin Franklin, who suffered from gout symptoms, had a bit to say about it:

“Be temperate in wine, in eating, girls, and sloth, or the Gout will seize you and plague you both,”

As was clearly known back then, there are lifestyle changes that help to naturally treat gout symptoms that affect almost 2% of the population at some point in their lives.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by the build up of uric acid crystals. It is sometimes the underlying cause of osteoarthritis.

Gout is properly diagnosed by having a joint fluid sample examined for high levels of uric acid crystals.

Gout becomes more likely with age, but there other other risk factors for symptoms. Some people are genetically predisposed to having higher uric acid levels, others have health or lifestyle risk factors.

Metabolic syndrome is a good example of why gout symptoms are becoming more common in Americans: it includes aging, being overweight, diabetes (specifically insulin resistance, so pre-diabetics would also be at risk), heart disease, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle.

For gout, diet is a huge risk factor as well. Meat, seafood, sugary drinks, and alcohol consumption increase the risk for gout symptoms. Other risk factors include not urinating enough, low-body temperature (especially at night) and sleep apnea.

Gout Symptoms

Symptoms of gout include a red, painful, swollen joint, most commonly the big toe; although knees, wrists, and fingers can also be affected. Other gout symptoms may include fever and fatigue.

In some cases, gout symptoms may require immediate medical intervention rather than natural gout treatment. Even acute gout can cause a decrease in kidney function, for example. Gout symptoms can be responsible for uric-based kidney stones, and if they’re too big a doctor may need to assist in removal (or too many may cause the decrease in kidney function by blocking excretion).

If left untreated, gout can cause more severe complications over time. Larger uric acid crystals, called tophi, can start to build up in the body.

Natural Gout Treatment

Ultimately, gout is cured by lifestyle change, even if immediate medical intervention may be necessary (see above). For most people, gout symptoms will go away within a week, but without gout treatment they will recur within the year.

-Avoid diet triggers like too much meat, seafood, alcohol, or sugary drinks.
-Drink more water to help keep the kidneys flushing out uric acid build up.
-Hate water? Try coffee (not tea). Coffee is a diuretic, which helps with urine output (watch for dehydration), and it’s been shown to help with gout symptoms. Tea, on the other hand, has nutrients that may increase kidney stone production if you’re at risk.
-Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C—increasing Vitamin C levels may immediately reduce uric acid levels.
-Dairy products may help, and can substitute for what you’re reducing in your diet (just watch fat consumption)
-Exercise is crucial: not only does it help maintain a healthy weight, it eliminates the risks of a sedentary lifestyle.
-For those severly overweight, a low-calorie diet will have immediate effects.
-In some cases, baking soda may be recommended to increase pH levels—consult a specialist.
-Cherry juice (or dried cherries) may help decrease uric acid levels.
-Applecider Vinegar has also been used sucessfully for getting rid of gout (See below!).

Do you have any tricks for getting rid of gout symptoms? Share below!

{ 8 comments }

Emma Spera April 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Elevating limbs and treating it gingerly are great advice!

Thanks!

treatment for gout April 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

There are many types of treatment for gout as describe in this article.
Self care techniques as treatment for gout:-
Well, during gout attack, it is important to rest, elevate your limb and avoid accidentally knocking for damaging the affected joints.

Emma Spera February 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

Apple cider vinegar sure is proving to be a popular remedy, I’ll do an edit to add it to the post.

Thanks for sharing, Paul!

Paul February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

My sister had it a couple times and she preferred the applecider vinegar. She seems to always choose natural treatments over medical. Thanks!

Emma Spera February 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Thanks for your story Kathy—I’m glad you found a way to get better.

I definitely agree about being sure to detox for heavy metals! Colloids offers a product called Zeolite (which pairs with Humic and Fulvic acid) to help do just this:
http://www.colloidsforlife.com/Products/Humic-Fulvic-Mineral-Zeolite
It used to be found in soil, but has been removed by generations of farming. It has this neat cage structure which gathers not just heavy metals but other toxins from the body—and can help the body to absorb certain nutrients better!

Emma Spera February 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Applecider vinegar and honey sounds like a great trick for gout! Glad to hear about it. Thanks, Joan!

Kathy February 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

I was diagnosed several years ago with fibromyalgia, & connective tissue disease. Was told there was nothing they (rheumatologist) could do for me but prescribe Lodine (heavy duty aspirin). And, that it may or may not develop into Lupus. Stop going to the rheumatologist and started doing research. Was later diagnosed with mercury poisoning by chelation testing, (blood test at family doc said everything was fine, I found out that is not an accurate way to test for heavy metals. A hair follicle or chelation is the only way to get true levels of heavy metals and other things). Got a new family doctor (that thinks out of the box) who told me to get all the amalgams (silver amalgam fillings) removed from my teeth (there is a proper/safe way to do this). When I had 1/4 of the amalgams removed, my joint swelling left and so did the pain. I continued to have all the amalgams removed. I also went through heavy metal detox through my doctor (long process) as well because the heavy metal poisoning causes many health issues. If you look up amalgams, you will see a whole host of problems they cause. The dental association didn’t even allow them when they were first established; only after finding they could make more money using them, did they allow them. Many dentists today do not use amalgam fillings any more. Personally told by some that they have been around long enough to see the damage, not only that it causes teeth but our overall health. So removing the amalgam fillings from your teeth will be one giant step to health. I do believe you need to go through heavy metal detox to facilitate the healing process, one way to do that is to increase greatly the intake of Vitamin C. I do this in powdered form. You can take as much as your body can stand (diarrhea, is the sign that it’s had enough) because it gets rid of what it doesn’t use. There is no concern for too much vita c in the body, since it rids itself of the excess. I take between 10,000 – 20,000mg pd. It’s easy to do because the powdered C I have is 4668mg per tsp. You just dissolve it in water.

Joan Marshall February 21, 2012 at 6:25 am

I have had Gout a couple of times and I find the best treatment is, applecider vinegar and honey. a quarter of a shot glass of honey thin it out by putting it in the micro wave oven for a few seconds dont let it be in the microwave too long because the honey will then get too hot. Take the vinegar and applecider which is already mixed which you can get in any Supermarket for two or three dollars fill the rest of the shot glass with the applecidervinegar and honey mix it drink this three times a day. Drink at least two literes of water and it should go within three days. This I learned from my Natural Therapy book. Joan Marshall

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