Old Fashioned Gout Remedies
Some of the best gout remedies come from “old fashioned” methods that my grandparents used to use. Interestingly enough, they had all the products that they needed at home. Most of these treatments went out of style as medical scientists came up with newer remedies to solve the problem.
Treating out with remedies from home is more common these days. As the movement for more natural medicine has come back into the picture, more and more people are depending on gout remedies that they can safely do at home.
1. Apply ice to the inflammed area. This helps reduce pains quickly. This was one of the only home remedies for gout long ago…and it still works. Apply ice or a cold pack for 10 to 15 minutes. This will reduce swelling and pain.
The first couple of minutes of ice application are usually a little uncomfortable, so expect that. After a couple of minutes you will start to feel the positive effects of the ice.
2. Take some ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.
3. Exercise the affected joints. Everyday, make sure you are putting the joints through full ranges of motion. This is important to do a couple times a day.
4. Soak your feet and ankles in Epsom Salt. If the pain is concentrated in your big toe, this will help a lot. This product is something that you can find in almost any grandparent’s home. They use it not only for soaking aching muscles, but also as a laxative.
So, you may be wondering what is so special about Epsom salt. First of all, Epsom salts contain magnesium. It is know that this mineral is great for reducing blood pressure and improving heart and circulation health.
It also helps in the elimination process of flushing toxins out of the body. One of the most important characteristics of magnesium is helping you to reduce stress. By simply soaking your feet in Epsom salt you will be able to feel practically immediate relief.
If you want to just take a relaxing dip in the tub, you can add two cups of Epsom salt to your warm bath as it fills. Stay in the tub until the water starts to cool. To make your bath even more relaxing, try adding a few drops of your favorite aromatherapy oil.
5. Eat strawberries, nuts, seeds, and grains. Fresh strawberries help neutralize the uric acid in your body. Nuts, seeds, and grains do the same, but on lower levels.
Strawberries contain a lot of vitamin C in addition to other important minerals (potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, calcium, and iron).
6. Eat cherries. Cherries are a well-known gout food. They help reduce uric acid levels in your body. You can also drink cherry juice, or take a supplement in pill form.
7. Drink plenty of water. It is important to drink at least 8-10 8 ounce glasses of water daily. This will help flush out toxins and dilute the uric acid levels in your body.
8. Increase your vegetable and fruit intake. Foods like tomatoes, berries, green peppers, and green leafy vegetables have a lot of vitamin C. They also contain bioflavonoids that minimize inflammation.
9. Exercise. If you are looking for joint relief, regular exercise can help a lot. Exercise helps the body get rid of waste products in the system.
It also helps nourish the joint cartilage. When you exercise and strengthen the muscles around the affected joints, you will be able to reduce injury and better support your joints. You will also be able to maintain a good range of motion in your joints.
10. Apple cider vinegar. This is one of the gout remedies that most old-timers know about too. Try a couple of tablespoons of organic apply cider vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of honey. If you take this a couple of times daily, you will notice the amount of pain decreasing.