One of my friends woke up one day with a swollen foot and very painful at touch. She assumed that she has the tired feet syndrome, but after three days the foot was still the same only more painful. So, she went to see a doctor and diagnosed her with gout. Well, she’s only 30 and her favorite summer drink is beer, the reason why she ended with a foot tenderness and inflammation. At least, that’s what the doctor said!
It seems that this condition causes pain, swelling, tenderness and inflammation in the joints and it may affect different parts of the body like ears, wrists, knees, ankles and small joints in the hands. The high level of uric acid in the body causes gout, but lack of exercise, alcohol (especially beer), and stress is another factor influencing this condition.
However, instead of proper medicine, the doctor recommended Carla to rely on natural remedies and to use them with confidence since the condition wasn’t chronic.
Treating gout internally
Cherries have antioxidant properties, which are an excellent home remedy for gout relief, and they will also help reduce inflammation and gout flare-ups because they contain anthocyanins.
One of the best gout remedies is water. If you’re suffering from gout pain and swelling, it is important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. This will help to flush the uric acid out of your body, keeping gout under control.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the simple home gout remedies for pain and swelling. The acidity in the vinegar helps to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it two to three times a day.
4. Lemon Juice
The best way to relieve gout pain and swelling is to reduce the amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. Lemon juice alkalizes the body and reduces the amount of acid. Mix the juice from one lemon with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Once the fizzing has stopped, add it to a glass of water and drink immediately.
Treating gout externally
1. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is one of the potential home gout remedies for pain. The charcoal absorbs uric acid, which will help to reduce the effects of gout on the body. Either soak in a bath with half a cup of charcoal powder or create a paste with charcoal powder and water and apply to the affected area.
2. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt contains high levels of magnesium, which works to reduce high blood pressure. Soak the affected body part in a mixture of Epsom salt and warm water for pain relief and to reduce swelling.
Bananas are an anti-inflammatory food and you can use them both internally and externally. Eat bananas or simply, mash one banana and apply it over the painful area. Cover it with a gauze and let it act for half an hour.
4. Ginger Root
Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as one of the many different treatments for gout relief, but the most effective way is to mic ginger powder with water to make a paste and to apply it over the painful area. Cover with a gauze and let it act for 30 minutes.