3 Home Remedies For Gout
For some strange reason there seems to be a rampant amount of home remedies for gout, a lot more than for other diseases.
I guess that’s a good thing because it means we really can take control of our health and influence it with what we do.
The Problem With Home Remedies For Gout
What I’m concerned about with gout home remedies is that people will use them as a crutch.
Let me explain. If our lifestyle and eating habits are causing the dysfunction in our body that is causing gout and every time an attack or flare up happens we turn to our gout home remedy – I don’t think we’ve done anything to address the real underlying problem.
This rationale of just treating the symptoms is fundamentally flawed. It’s a never ending cycle, living in fear of the next “flare up”. The problem is the root cause of the gout is still present.
But if you followed a scientifically proven gout diet that corrected the causative factors of your gout then you wouldn’t have any flare ups and you wouldn’t need any home remedies for gout.
Anyways, I applaud anyone taking charge of their health in a natural way so here are 3 common home remedies for gout:
A simple way to lower uric acid and ease the joint pain of gout is with baking soda. In severe cases it may take 2 or more days for relief to set in. You should mix ½ teaspoon baking soda in 8oz of water and drink it all in one go. Do not exceed a total of 4 teaspoons taken throughout the day during an acute attack. Also note that baking soda can raise the blood pressure.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bordering on a miracle in a bottle apple cider vinegar (ACV) is touted to relieve everything from joint pain, warts, skin tags, headaches, acid stomach, muscle spasms, gout and arthritis.
The mechanism through which it performs these healing feats is touted to be through alkalizing the body.
The directions are easy simply mix 1-2 tablespoons of ACV with 8oz of water and drink it. It will be very sour or bitter and some people may need to work up to 2 tablespoons. When using ACV as a gout home remedy or any home remedy for that matter, you should use organic and with “the mother” intact (the mother is a sediment that is full of nutrients, this is usually indicated on the bottle).
Lemon juice and baking soda
Under home remedies for gout there are some that believe alkalizing the body is important.
With that goal in mind here’s another one that apparently works wonders – a lemon juice and baking soda cocktail. Lemon juice is highly acidic and when combined with the highly alkaline baking soda is suppose to form a pH perfect formula that mimics the body’s own internal environment.
The directions are the juice of one whole lemon which is approximately 2 oz combined with ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Allow this mixture to fizz and bubble until it settles down this make take about 120 seconds. To the flat mixture add 8oz of water and drink immediately. It will have a taste of flat water.
A Final Word On Gout Home Remedies
Gout home remedies can be a savior during an acute attack to ease the pain and discomfort but I think an approach that looks at prevention of the gout attacks would be even better.
In health they commonly say “prevention is better than cure”.
By eating the right foods that don’t trigger your gout attacks you could find yourself not having to look for home remedies for gout anymore.