Gout is a common health issue affecting all age groups. It’s in fact a metabolic disorder which occurs when uric acid starts accumulating and crystallizing in the joints thus causing arthritis and joint pain. The smaller bones of the feet are particularly susceptible to this condition. Gout normally goes hand in hand with episodes of acute pain and is marked by swelling, redness and stiffness.
The reason why uric acid accumulates and crystalizes in the joints, thus causing gout onset, is excessive secretion or inadequate waste elimination. Uric acid, on the other hand, is the breakdown product of purines, natural substances found in all of the body’s cells, and in virtually all foods. Gout is typically, though not always, marked by elevated uric acid levels in the blood, a condition known as hyperuricemia.
The most common causes of gout or accumulated uric acid include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Family history
- Alcohol consumption
However, there are several things you can do to stimulate the elimination of uric acid from your body and improve your overall health. Of course, the first step you take is making some important dietary changes like enriching your diet in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and seafood, and whole grains. On the other hand, you should cut down processed sugars including high- fructose corn syrup, saturated fats, and alcohol.
Another important thing to be part of your daily routine is drinking plenty of water in order to keep your body well-hydrated as well as to ease the elimination of toxins and uric acid buildup. Aside from water, you can keep hydrated with natural unsweetened juices, fruit-infused water, and herbal teas. You can use honey as a sweetener though.
Last, but not least, reducing your exposure to stress as much as possible and being physically active is also important.
When it comes to the natural treatment of uric acid, a common cause of arthritis, there are several folk remedies that can do wonders for this condition. Consider the following natural products and herbs for treating arthritis in a natural way.
1# Lemon Juice
Contrary to common belief that lemon juice creates more acidic environment in the body, it actually creates an alkaline environment and neutralizes uric acid. Most of all, lemons are abundant in vitamin C, vital for reduction of uric acid level. Aside from vitamin C, lemons are rich sources vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein. Plus lemons contain flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion and many other problems, as well as improving the skin, hair, and teeth.
According to the American Urological Association, lemonade or lemon juice can prevent the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals.
This citrus fruit is also a potent diuretic, which effectively eliminates bacteria and toxins from the body.
Squeeze some lemon juice and add it to a glass of warm water. Drink this in the morning on an empty stomach. For best results, consume this drink for several weeks.
Optionally, you can take vitamin C supplements, but first consult your doctor for proper dosage.
2# Drink Plenty of Water
Normal level of uric acid is best maintained with sufficient water intake. For one thing, water stimulates the kidneys into disposing of toxic buildups and excess uric acid from the body.
Apart from drinking 3l water a day, eating fruits and vegetables with high content of water is also recommended.
Just like lemon, ginger is another super food with potent anti-inflammatory properties. According to a study conducted by the University of Miami, ginger extract could be a natural substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The ginger extract reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40% as opposed to the placebo.
In the words of the study author, Roy Altman, MD, now at the University of California, Los Angeles, “Research shows that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level.”
What makes ginger so helpful?
According to Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, “Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities, as well as a small amount of analgesic property.”
Researchers at the University of Georgia in Athens and Georgia State College & University in Milledgeville reported in the Journal of Pain that a few tablespoons of raw grated ginger can significantly reduce muscle pain caused by exercise.
Adding a couple of tablespoons of grated ginger to your meals, such as salads or stir-fries, is enough to help you take full advantage of ginger health benefits.
Celery is an ample source of a number of nutrients including vitamin K and molybdenum. It also packs high amounts of folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, and pantothenic acid. Moreover, this vegetable provides sufficient amounts of vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). You can use it both in cooking and juicing.
5# Tart cherry juice
A number of health experts recommend tart cherry juice for eliminating uric acid crystallization from joints. For best effects, choose pure cherry juice rather than mixes with other ingredients. There’s no question that the natural juice is the fastest and most beneficial way to remove uric acid crystallization because the juice stimulates formation of bone cartilage. This in turn reduces friction of joints, which causes pain and other physical discomforts.
6# Cucumber juice
One of the most beneficial vegetables for treatment of gout and joint pain is cucumber. In fact, eating raw cucumber can effectively remove uric crystallization from your system. For optimal results, you can try the recipe we recommend below.
Raw Cucumber Juice Recipe
- fresh ginger root
- a medium-sized cucumber
- a slice of lemon
- 2 stalks of celery
- Start by washing the ingredients well.
- Slice the cucumber nicely then add the celery.
- Slice the ginger root and lemon.
- Blend all together in a food processor.
- Drink the juice twice a day. You’ll feel instant pain relief.