Home Remedies for Preventing and Relieving Gout

Gout is a painful, debilitating form of arthritis. Patricia Bannan, nutritionist and author of “Eat Right When Time is Tight,” suggests these easy, at-home remedies for reducing your risk of gout and relieving the pain that comes along with it

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    Cherries are excellent for those who have gout or who want to avoid it. Any form of cherries—cherry compote, cherry juice, cherry jam—may reduce toxins from the body and clean the kidneys.
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    Glass of Milk

    You can eat and drink certain things to decrease uric acid levels in your blood. An imbalance in uric acid is what leads to gout. Consuming dairy, like milk and yogurt, can help to ward off the disease.
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    Apple Picking

    Apple preserves may assist in neutralizing the acid that causes gout. Bannan says to peel, core and slice some apples, simmer them in a little water for three or more hours until thick, brown and sweet, and refrigerate the paste and use it as you would a preserve.
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    Bannan says it’s important to drink a sufficient amount of liquid to avoid the painful symptoms of gout. She suggests eight six-ounce glasses of fluid a day, which helps wash away urate and prevents kidney stones from forming. Water works well, along with tea with thyme in it.
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    Some foods increase uric acid levels. Bannan says you should limit meat—especially organ meats like liver, brain and kidney—and seafood, watching out for anchovies, herring and mackerel in particular.
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    Your alcohol intake could also increase uric acid levels in your blood, increasing your risk of gout. Watch out for liquor and beer in particular. But the good news is wine is probably alright to drink. There have been no significant studies showing it has an effect on uric acid.
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    Treadmill Running

    Along with watching what types of food you eat, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to controlling gout, since obesity is a contributing factor, Bannan says.
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    Practice Meditation

    Bannan also says to try practicing various mind and body techniques for lessening the pain during an attack of gout. Progressive relaxation and meditation can help distract you from the pain you’re experiencing.
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