A good exercise routine is the central to beating arthritis and keeping arthritis pain at bay; so keep moving as much as possible. Stretching and warming up the joints should always be the first phase of your exercise routine to make your joints more flexible, but be careful in the morning; you may need an hour or more of moving around first; you can start by moving your limbs around in your bed a few moments before you go out of bed. Whatever you do, keep moving; do not sit when you can stand, do not stand when you can walk or walk in place.
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FAQ’s: What are the best remedies for Gout?I would like to know what are the best remedies for gout? Not involving drugs. My other half suffers from gout in his leg and sometimes ends up limping.
Gout is a common type of arthritis that occurs when an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood, tissues and urine crystallizes in the joints. People who have gout are unable to break down and excrete uric acid, a byproduct of digesting certain foods. It usually comes on suddenly, and can last from a few hours to several days. It can cause extremely sore toes or other areas of the foot, and because it frequently manifests itself in the big toe, it is also known as "gouty big toe". Another name is "gouty arthritis". Gout can also appear in an ear, heel of the hand, small hand joints, ankles, knees, elbows, or wrists with inflammation, swelling and intense pain from the buildup of uric acid crystals. Uric acid is the end product of the metabolism of a class of chemicals known as purines. In people with gout, the body does not have enough of the digestive enzyme uricase, and, as a result, uric acid builds up and crystallizes. Left uncontrolled, excessive excretion of uric acid in the urine can lead to the development of painful kidney stones, kidney disease, and even kidney failure. Gout is associated with high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and uric acid kidney stones. It is estimated that up to 2 million people have gout. Between 75-90% of gout sufferers are middle-aged males and 25% have family members with it. In women, uric acid starts building up after menopause, quite possibly due to the drop in estrogen. Remedies Folk Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and other nutrients that help reduce serum uric acid. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) Add some rose hips to vinegar and boil; dab on affected area. You may need to apply this mixture several times a day for a few weeks. The vinegar changes the blood pH so that the crystals will go into solution and be excreted. • Mix two teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and raw honey in a glass of water and drink at mealtime. • Soak the foot in a mixture of 1/2 cup of ACV and three cups of hot water. Bilberry is high in anthocyanosides and flavonoids, which are helpful in overcoming gout. Black cherry juice Get some natural, concentrated black cherry juice and drink several tablespoons of the concentrate daily. You should expect relief in 48 hours. Black cohash moderates blood acidity. Blueberries are high in anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanins, which help ease the pain of gout. Buchu tea helps dissolve and flush out uric acid crystals. Castor oil packs Soak a piece of white flannel in warm castor oil, wring it out and place over the affected area; cover with plastic wrap and apply a heating pad. Do this for one hour twice daily. Cayenne pepper Boil one tablespoon of pepper in 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water and dab onto the painful joint. • Mix cayenne with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply to the affected area. Celery seeds These seeds are quite effective in relieving gout by eliminating uric acid from the body. According to James Duke, Ph.D., a medical botanist formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, celery seeds contain about twenty different anti-inflammatory agents. Although there is little scientific research on celery seeds, according to Kerry Bone, a leading expert on herbal remedies in Australia, "it (sic) works brilliantly in patients." Recommended dosage is 500 mg (standardized to 450 mg of celery seed extract) 2x daily. Note: This remedy is not to be used by pregnant women because of its diuretic effect and the fact that it can encourage uterine contractions, or those with kidney disease because of its potential diuretic effect and that the plant's oils can worsen kidney inflammation. • Cook a tablespoon of celery seeds in two cups of water until they are soft; strain and drink 1/2 cup four times a day. Charcoal Take 1/2 -1 teaspoon of activated charcoal daily. • Make a poultice using � cup of activated charcoal, 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and warm water to draw out the toxins. Cherries If you are lucky enough to have fresh cherries, eating 6-8 cherries daily will relieve the symptoms of gout. This remedy was reported in 1950 by Dr. Ludwig W. Blau who cured his own gout. Frozen and canned cherries may also be used. When you feel an attack coming on, eat 20-30 cherries immediately. Cherries are rich in compounds that prevent the destruction of collagen, which the body uses to form connective tissue. The connective tissue is damaged by gout. Cherries also have an enzyme that neutralizes uric acid and are high in anthocyanins which have high antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory action. For greatest effectiveness eat them between meals. Devil's claw reduces uric acid levels and is a natural cleansing agent for toxic impurities. Take 400 mg of the dried extract 3x a day for as long as desired. DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) is very effective in relieving pain and swelling caused by inflammation. It helps dissolve crystalline deposits. Garlic Eat several cloves of raw garlic daily. Mince the garlic and add it to black cherry juice for a potent remedy. Ginger Put 1/3 cup of ground ginger (buy in bulk to keep the cost down) in a bathtub of water and soak for 30 minutes. This will cause you to sweat (a good thing) which will help eliminate the uric acid from your tissues. When you are finished the bath be sure to rinse off thoroughly, as the ginger can cause skin irritation if it dries on your skin. Grapes are high in alkalines which lessen the acidity of uric acid and aid in its elimination from the body. Hawthorn is high in anthocyanosides and flavonoids, which are helpful in overcoming gout. Hydrangea is an anti-inflammatory. Ice Apply an ice pack for ten minutes, then alternate with a moist hot-towel compress, to soothe and numb the pain. Mullein Soak mullein leaves in a hot vinegar/water mixture. Pack the leaves on the affected area. Nettle contains alkaloids which neutralize uric acid. Parsley acts as a natural diuretic. Quercetin The flavonoid quercetin inhibits uric acid production in a similar fashion to commonly prescribed drugs for gout. Take 1000 mg of quercetin along with 1,000-1,500 mg of the enzyme bromelain (to enhance absorption) two to three times daily between meals. Bromelain also help reduce the inflammation. Red clover has traditionally been one of the standard remedies for gout, as well as removing toxins from the body, and treating psoriasis, eczema, and hot flashes. Studies have shown that red clover may thin the blood, so it should not be used by patients who are also taking an anticoagulant medication. While red clover is high in isoflavones, the reason it is helpful in treating gout has not been studied. Saffron neutralizes uric acid buildup. Spearmint Make a poultice of spearmint leaves and wrap the affected area. Strawberries Eating a cup of strawberries with each meal should bring quick relief. They neutralize uric acid. Yarrow Make a tea by using equal parts of yarrow and stinging nettles; strain, cool and drink several cups a day. Prevention • One of the best ways to prevent gout is to drink at least 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water, fresh juices or herb tea daily, especially at the first signs of gout. This will keep your urine diluted and will help your body excrete uric acid and prevent crystals from forming. • Eat foods high in potassium, as mentioned above. • Eating generous amounts of other fruits and vegetables helps keep uric acid crystals in solution. • Take the flavonoid quercetin – see below under Folk Remedies. This should be part of your permanent gout-prevention diet. • Having sex prevents men from getting gout. It seems that increased sexual activity reduces uric acid levels in fertile men. • Lemon juice prevents gout attacks by stimulating the formation of calcium carbonate in the body. Calcium carbonate neutralizes acids in the body, including uric acid that triggers gout attacks. After each meal drink the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. To get more juice out of the lemon, bring it to room temperature, then roll it around on the counter with the palm of your hand. • Taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with meals will prevent gout attacks. This will help alkalize the body. • Keep the leg elevated. • A high fiber diet also aids in the elimination of uric acid by absorbing bile acids formed in the liver. These bile acids can act as a precursor to uric acid. Foods and Other Things to Avoid • Meat: organ meats, offal, meat extracts, veal, bacon, sweetbreads, meat gravies and broths, consommé/bullion • Poultry: turkey, goose • Seafood: salmon, mackerel, trout, cod, herring, sardines, anchovies, mussels, crab, shrimp • Vegetables: peas, beans, lentils, asparagus, mushrooms, cooked spinach, rhubarb, cauliflower • Yeast products: baked goods, beer • Alcohol – it increases the production of uric acid and inhibits its excretion by the kidneys • Coffee – it accelerates the breakdown of protein into uric acid • All fried foods – they cause a depletion of vitamin E, which can cause uric acid to rise • Cream and ice cream • Rich desserts • Spices • Pastries ��� Simple sugars, simple carbohydrates and saturated fats – they increase your body's production of uric acid and impair your kidneys' ability to get rid of it. Eliminate fructose (found in food and drinks, like sodas) • White flour • Aspirin can raise uric acid levels. If you need to use pain killers, only use ones with ibuprofen. • Oatmeal • Whole grains • Caffeine – it impairs kidney function, which is needed to get uric acid out of the body. HOPE THAT HELPS!
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What are your best remedies for gout? This graph shows recent voting results. Remedies for Gout Prevention Percentage Responses Allopurinol 10.4 44 Apple Cider Vinegar 5.2 22 Baking Soda 17.0 72 Celery Seeds 6.1 26 Cherry Juice 22.9 97 Flax Oil 3.5 15 Flax Seed 2.6 11 Probenecid 0.9 4 Sulfinpyrazone 0.0 0 Water 31.4 133 Total Number of Responses: 424 http://www.goutpal.com/remedies-for-gout.html
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