What is Gout? Gout is a type of arthritis that is characterized by painful, stiff, and inflamed joints. It is often the big toe that is targeted but it can happen in the knees, ankles and other toes as well. The swelling and pain are a result of excess uric acid that forms crystals in your joints. This is what it looks like:
Gout is 4x more likely to occur in men than women. You are also at increased risk if you are between the ages of 30 and 50 and are overweight. You can lower your risk of gout by 85 percent simply by reducing your intake of sugar. Gout is often associated with high intake of red meat and fat but the real risk is sugar intake. Especially high fructose corn syrup. Fructose is known to keep the body from getting rid of uric acid (the build up that causes Gout). Since fruit has a balance of glucose and fructose and doesn’t have nearly as much fructose as a processed food that is made with high fructose corn syrup, it does not act the same way as high fructose corn syrup.
My partner in life and crime, Ian, has somewhat frequent flare-ups of Gout in the toes of his right foot. He is a big guy, 6’3″ 250lb, and has been extremely active all of his life. His size and stress on his body has a lot to do with his Gout flare-ups but we knew that nutrition could help. This has led to a lot of research on Gout and experimentation with different nutritional remedies. He has been able to keep his Gout under control using these tips so check them out!
*At the end I have included a Gout Power Drink to drink on a daily basis to help prevent gout as well as fight painful symptoms.
7 Practical Gout Remedies
#1: Drink Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar– treats gout and arthritis. The acidity in the vinegar helps relieve acute pain. Add honey to boost the body’s anti-inflammatory response. Add some raw honey to help further fight inflammation.
#2: Add baking soda to a beverage: can help lower the amount of uric acid, giving you relief from the pain
-Mix ½ tsp of baking soda in a glass up to 4 times a day
#3: Include lemon juice daily: helps alkalize the body and neutralize the excess uric acid in the blood stream. What does this mean? Many of the foods we eat cause our bodies to be in an acidic state, such as sugar, high protein foods, grains and bread products, and booze. Lemon juice, which seems acidic, actually helps our bodies become more alkaline (less acidic and more neutral). This is what makes it great for everyone, but especially those with Gout, to drink on a daily basis.
#4: Eat 15-20 cherries a day. Cherries, whether sweet or sour, are also helpful in treating gout due to their antioxidant properties. Cherries also contain anthocyanins, which can reduce inflammation and help with gout flare-ups.
-Strawberries are also a good choice!
#5: Elevate the joint whenever possible. This reduces blood flow to the area, which is good. When blood flows more quickly to the area, more white blood cells accumulate at the joints and cause further inflammation.
#6: Limit alcohol, sugar sweetened beverages, and ELIMINATE high fructose corn syrup.
-Alcohol slows the breakdown and excretion of uric acid so it hangs around in your joints longer and can actually cause a flare-up to come on.
-Elevated blood sugar causes inflammation in the body and can weaken the immune system.
#7: Avoid soy products. Studies have shown that after individuals’ drank soy milk, their uric acid levels were increased by 10% more than if they drank regular milk or ate high protein foods.
Gout Power Drink
- 8oz Glass of Water
- 1 Tbsp Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Raw Honey
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Mix all ingredients in a glass.
- Drink 2-3 times a day to help prevent and treat Gout symptoms.