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6 Natural Ways to Prevent Gout

Gout is an arthritic health condition which affects the joints. This genetic ailment is more common in men than women, and to date has no known cure. It is caused by an excess amount of uric acid in the bloodstream, and attacks can be chronic.


  • Crystals develop on the joints, followed by intense and sudden pain.
  • Joints can swell, feel warm and tender, and can’t bear the pressure of touch.
  • You won’t be able to move the affected joint much.
  • Primarily felt in the feet, specifically the big toe, although it can flare up in the ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers or elbows.
  • Skin surrounding the joint can turn red or purple, and appears bruised.
  • After gout subsides you will have lingering discomfort around the joints and the skin around the joint will peel and feel itchy.
  • After extended periods of gout, nodules may develop beneath the skin near the joints.
  • Repeated bouts can also damage your joints and the kidney.
  • Fluid sacs cushioning tissues around the elbow or knee may become inflamed.
  • Symptoms often follow surgery or an illness.
how to prevent gout
Uric acid is caused by purine metabolisms, which are proteins found in sardines and anchovies, as well as alcohol. Some medication and supplements can also cause a buildup of uric acid. Examples include salicylates, the active component of aspirin, vitamin B3, too much vitamin C, and diuretics.  Alcohol consumption, excess weight, and lead exposure can increase the chances of gout developing in those with a genetic susceptibility.
Doctors can recommend medicine to alleviate inflammation and pain, and usually opt for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and Tylenol. They can also prescribe medicine that work to lower uric acid levels and thereby lessen crystal formation, such as Colcrys, corticosteroids or allopurinol. Prescription medicine is often accompanied by strong side effects, and will require lifelong consumption. There are also several natural treatments which focus on relieving pain. The following 6 remedies’ ingredients can easily be bought at the grocery store and can be administered in the comfort of your own home.

1. Apple cider vinegar

This common cooking ingredient can raise your body’s alkaline level, thereby reducing gout pain considerably. With its significant acidity, apple cider vinegar is commonly used to treat headaches and stomach acid. The best way to effectively ingest apple cider vinegar is by drinking it in a glass of water. Mix in one teaspoon to one glass of water, and drink this mixture three times a day. To sweeten this bitter drink add some honey, which can also boost your body’s anti-inflammatory response.

2. Activated charcoal

One wouldn’t naturally think of charcoal as a solution for any medical condition, but it seems activated charcoal is perfectly safe and it's known to absorb uric acid. The best way to use it to prevent gout flare-ups is by soaking in a bath of charcoal two to three times a week. You can add half a cup of charcoal powder to your bath water. When a paste is formed, add more water and soak your affected joint for at least half an hour.

If you don’t enjoy bathing, applying a charcoal paste directly to the skin of the affected joint. You can leave this on for half an hour and then remove with lukewarm water. The alternative solution is to consume activated charcoal tablets. This option does require consultation with your physician.

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3. Baking soda

Baking soda is another household item that can be effective in treating gout pain. Baking soda reduces uric acid in the body. In an 8 oz. glass of water mix in half a teaspoon of baking soda and drink it. You can repeat this several times a day. No more than 4 teaspoons should be consumed in one day, and if you are over 60 years old, only 3 teaspoons per day should be consumed in total.

Note: This method is not recommended for anyone suffering from hypertension, as baking soda is known to elevate blood pressure.

4. Cherries

Cherries are another one of nature’s treats that can help with gout. They are not only packed with antioxidants but also anthocyanins, which are known to reduce joint inflammation and can substantially reduce gout from flaring up in subsequent attacks. A daily serving of 15 to 20 cherries is recommended. If you want to avoid the high concentration of sugar in the fresh fruit, try drinking a glass of black cherry juice or a cherry juice concentrate daily.

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5. Apples

The commonly heard phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” can be especially true when it comes to gout. An apple after each meal, as endorsed by medical experts, can be very effective. The strong component of malic acid in apples can neutralize uric acid, thereby offering relief to both pain and inflammation. Some people don’t enjoy the texture of apples – for those people I recommend trying apple juice or dicing the apples up and adding them to a bowl of cherries.

6. Lemon juice

Another way to neutralize excess uric acid in the blood stream, which can provide relief from pain caused by bouts of gout, is with lemon juice. The freshly squeezed juice of a lemon can alkalize the body. Another useful way to consume it is adding a lemon half to a glass of water, as this will be less strong than pure lemon juice. You can also mix the juice of a lemon with half a teaspoon of baking soda. When the mixture stops fizzing, add it to a glass of water and drink it immediately.

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