An apple a day may actually keep the doctor away. Apples may actually help to neutralize the uric acid in the body that causes gout and provide pain relief. The malic acid in the apple (as well as apple juice and apple cider vinegar) helps with gouty pain and when used in conjunction with magnesium helps Fibromyalgia pain as well. Eating an apple after every meal may be effective.
To go deeper, JB Bardot from NaturalNews explains one viewpoint on the cause of gout:
“The underlying cause of arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia is an imbalance in the system causing acidosis, which is the basis of most physical disease. In simple terms, this means your pH is out of balance and your body is trying to get back into balance in any way it can. Even in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, imbalance is at the root of its cause. The body’s attempt to regain stasis is what causes arthritis, high uric acid, muscle spasms and a host of other problems. The solution is to help the body’s pH return to normal by consuming alkalizing foods.”
Here are three potent home remedies that can help relieve inflammatory arthritis and rheumatism pains, gout attacks and debilitating fibromyalgia episodes in a very short time. No one remedy works for everyone; so it’s important to use them all, one at a time, and find what works best in each circumstance.
- Try apple cider vinegar – Helping to make the body more alkaline, apple cider vinegar has become a well-known proven solution for countless ailments, including gout. Try mixing 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water. You can either drink it in one sitting or sip on it over time – try both methods and see which is more effective. This solution can reduce pain by 90% within a day or two. Note: Be sure to use organic apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’.
- Baking Soda – Among other home remedies for gout is the use of baking soda. Mixing baking soda in water can effectively relieve pain almost instantly, though it may take 1-2 days. Mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz. of water and drink it in one sitting. You may need to repeat this a few times a day, taking as much as 3 teaspoons total. Reduce the dose as the pain goes away. Note: The maximum recommended dose is 4 teaspoons throughout the day. Lastly, use caution if you suffer from hypertension, as baking soda may raise blood pressure when taken in larger amounts.
- Lemon juice and baking soda – Another alkalizing drink that works miracles for some people is a lemon juice and baking soda cocktail. Mixing the highly acidic lemon juice with the highly alkaline baking soda creates a perfectly balanced pH that matches the body’s natural healthy pH, which helps to restore balance almost instantaneously. Pour the juice of one lemon – about 2 oz – into a tall glass. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and allow it to fizz and bubble until it is completely flat – about two minutes. It can also be stirred. Add 8 oz. of water and drink immediately. It should taste like flat water.
- Bananas – Bananas are high in potassium, Potassium helps transform the crystals of uric acid into a liquid form which of course is much easier to be flushed out of your system. They also have vitamin C, which like limes help gout due to the citric acid content. Eating a banana a day may help reduce symptoms. Be sure to check with your health care provider if you have kidney disease however, because excessive potassium is dangerous for people with renal insufficiency.
- Consume cherries – Some studies have shown that cherries can also reduce uric acid. In one study involving more than 600 people with gout, it was found that a ½-cup serving of cherries a day (10 or 12 cherries), or cherry extract, resulted in a 35% reduced risk of a subsequent gout attack. Further, those consuming even more cherries, up to three servings in two days, were at a 50% reduced risk. It may be best, though to supplement or consume cherry juice concentrate, which can contain about 55 to 60 tart cherries without all the sugar.
- Eliminate sugar and soda – Whether it’s caffeinated or not, drinking two sodas each day can increase your risk of gout by a whopping 85%! Why? Sugar! Reduce sugar intake dramatically and risk of experiencing gout will dramatically drop.
- Hydrate – Drink plenty of water. This will help flush out the excess uric acid.
- Reduce alcohol consumption – Alcohol dehydrates the body and could raise uric acid levels in the blood.
- Have some bromelain – Try some bromelain, a compound that can be found in pineapples or in a supplement form. The enzymes within are frequently recommended for people with gout and have even been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
- Beet juice – Beet juice can help prevent acidosis and stimulates the liver to cleanse bile ducts.
- Up your vitamin C intake – Evidence exists showing that increased vitamin C can reduce uric acid. Get it from food or from rose hips if you choose a supplement.
- Reduce caffeine intake.
- Avoid organ meats, sardines, and anchovies – These are all rich in uric acid, and you don’t need any more of that.
- Exercise – In the case of gout, exercise naturally helps reduce urica cid levels by normalizing insulin. In general, exercise is a ‘prevent-all’ when it comes to any health issues.
One that has been know for good results:
Mix together the following:
- 8 ounces of filtered Water (just warm enough to melt honey)
- 2 teaspoons Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Not the processed type you will find in the grocer)
- 2 teaspoons local raw honey.
Mix well and drink daily. I have heard nothing but positive results in reducing aches and pains of gout and arthritis.
Foods to include in your diet include:
- Cabbage, kale, cilantro and parsley
- Pineapple (rich in Bromelain which is a natural anti-inflammatory) as well as vitamin C
- Other foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, tomatoes and red bell peppers
- Foods high in essential fatty acids such as fish (especially salmon)
Though gout is said to partly genetic and may not be completely preventable, you can absolutely reduce the occurrence and severity of flare-ups with these natural treatments. Don’t forget to share these home remedies for gout with others!