Gout, that arthritic condition, used to be associated with rich old men. It is a painful and debilitating condition. Not surprising then that home remedies for gout usually begin and end with managing a diet that does not aggravate the conditions that can bring on an attack.
The home remedies for gout that are centered around diet should start by cutting out those foods which are purine rich. Purine is found in certain foods and in differing levels. When the body breaks down purines, it leaves behind what is called, uric acid. This waste product from purines, is what causes crystals to form around the joints in the body and it is these crystals that causes gout.
Therefore if foods that are not rich in purines are added to the diet and those that are rich in purines are eliminated or lessened in the diet, then this will go a long way as one of the home remedies for gout. Typically red meats, seafood, beers and wines all are rich in purines and should be avoided.
Foods that should be encouraged in the diet as a form of home remedies for gout includes the common apple. Apples that are prepared and cooked into a preserve are a great way to combat the conditions that often lead to gout attacks. Yes, a simple apple preserve, made without sugar, is a easy and simple step to lessen the build up of uric acid that causes gout.
Cherries are another food that should be encouraged in a gout sufferer’s diet. Cherries are considered a super food for many reasons, not least because they have the ability to remove toxins from the body. It is the removal of toxins that will help with the workings of the kidneys, which for a gout sufferer, who needs to rid the body of uric acid, is going to be key. So eating fresh cherries to lessen the uric acid in the body is especially powerful for the gout sufferer.
Charcoal, will draw toxins from the body. A poultice can be made and applied to the inflamed joint by mixing charcoal powder and flaxseed with enough water to form a paste. The paste is then smeared over the affected joint and a clean cloth is wrapped around it to keep the paste in place.
Often times the pain and fragility of a gout ridden joint is so bad that trying to apply a poultice might just be too painful. In that case icing the joint might just be what is needed. Ice will sooth the inflammation and it will also help to numb the area and bring much needed relief the pain of gout should never be underestimated!
As with many home remedies, plenty of drinking water should be added to the diet and body weight kept to a healthy level.