Fight Gout Naturally

If you have ever had an attack of gout you can understand the pain and misery that comes with it. I get it every once in a while down in my left foot big toe area. It is crippling pain literally. It usually means a visit to the doctor for seeking relief to this ailment but the related charges of this can be put into foods and herbal remedies that are better and quicker acting within the body.
From what Ive learned thru a quick search on the internet, some nice foods are recommended to solve this horrid ordeal.
Gout is a buildup of uric acid in a joint area like fingers ankle or toes. It often occurs from the body becoming dehydrated and lacking the liquids and minerals needed to fight and remove the Uric acid buildup in the effected joints.
A quick way to ease the swelling and pain is to soak the foot in warm water for say 10 minutes, then soak it in cool water.
The body is needing the right minerals to fight this ailment and here's a few foods to go for to get these needed minerals:
Potatoes - gives Potassium to liquefy the Uric acid crystals that accumulate in the effected joints.

Banana - gives Potassium and vitamin C reducing the Uric.

Grapes - Helps prevent Dehydration that generally leads to a gout attack.

Pineapple or cherries - These are considered the best Gout fighters as they liquefy fat buildup and provide the needed vitamin C, Bromelain and Potassium for reducing swelling.

All very simple and enjoyable foods to eat, and better spent money than going through the ordeals an inconveniences of seeing a doctor to be prescribed chemical drugs.
lafsnack lafsnack
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2 Responses Jan 22, 2013

Interesting post. Thing is, I went raw whole food vegan and ended up with gout! Yup! I never had gout before that. I can't focus on bananas and dates etc. If I eat a banana now, first thing will happen is my neck will get stiff. If I keep eating them I will blow up with gout. My initial flare up went to every joint in my arch in my right foot. Then it blew up my left knee so bad I couldn't straighten out my leg. I had to go to the doctor to have the fluid removed from my Knee on crutches and I had to put all my weight on my right foot that was still blown up. Very Painful! My neck is still stiff from all the crystals in it and it's been over 3 years since that flare up. I haven't had a flare up since then I have adjusted my diet but I'm still basically vegan but not raw whole food. I'm hoping my kidneys will get better over time. We shall see...
Pineapple is excellent to eat as the Bromelain is a good natural pain reliever. You need to eat at least half a Pineapple but eating the entire Pineapple will give you more pain relief.
The Tart Cherry Juice thing didn't do anything for me. Hope this helps some on else out there...

Fighting a gout attack is not easily done naturally. It is easier to take pills that relieve the pain quickly than it is to endure more pain than one can handle. Gout is one disorder that can cause that extreme pain and it can last for weeks or months. A gout attack will go away on its own, if the sufferer can handle it. Not everyone can do that. Although I recommend taking medication to eliminated the pain from a gout attack, preventing future gout attacks should be done as naturally as possible.

Every gout sufferer has a list of trigger foods. It is important to find out what these triggers are so they can be limited or avoided to reduce the risk of future gout attacks. Trigger foods are foods that can trigger a gout attack. Generally, these are foods high in purines that are processed by the body to form the uric acid crystals that cause gout. Some common trigger foods are organ meats, shellfish, alcohol, some vegetables, etc. It is possible that one person has different trigger food than another person. It is good to learn about other sufferers trigger foods, but you will learn through painful experience what your foods might be.

The next thing is to reduce the acid in the body. Although it will be impossible to eliminate acidic foods and beverages from your diet, you can replace some acidic food and drinks with more alkaline replacements that are low in purines. Watermelon, pineapple, lemons, and broccoli are some foods that have low purines and alkaline rich foods.

Although, there is no known cure for gout, the best we can do is reduce our risk of having an attack. Depending on who you are, medicine may or may not be a choice. Most medicine has some side effects, either short or long term, that some people are not willing to chance. Gout can be controlled naturally if you are willing to handle it.