Primarily affecting men over 35 years of age, gout is a fairly common rheumatic disease. It is actually a type of arthritis responsible for severe pain in one or more joints of the body. Let us take stock of the causes of this disease as well as the natural means to treat it.
Gout is a common form of arthritis. In fact, more than 600,000 people are affected in France. This rheumatic disease causes crises of severe pain in the joints of the body.
Gout, causes and risk factors:
The main cause of this disease is a very high level of uric acid in the blood. This disorder is called hyperuricemia. Recall that uric acid is actually a waste that the body gets rid of via the urine. It is mainly produced during degradation of purines, which in turn come from consumed foods and dead cells.
This acid accumulates in the body, when the kidneys can no longer evacuate it. Uric acid is particularly found in the skin, kidneys and joints where it crystallizes. And it is precisely in this case that we speak of gout.
The cause of excess uric acid in the blood:
The accumulation of uric acid in the blood is due to several factors but which are almost all related to diet. Thus, excessive consumption of red meat, fish, alcohol or a large caloric intake, in general, can increase levels of uric acid in the blood.
Gout: what symptoms?
Gout usually manifests as sudden and intense pain in a joint. These often appear at night and mostly affect the joints of the toes, especially the big toe. Why ? Because the extremities of the limbs are generally colder and cold can promote the transformation of the acid into crystals. It is also possible to notice the presence of redness in the part concerned.
Gout: what treatment?
Unfortunately there is no curative treatment for gout, the prescribed ones are generally aimed at relieving pain and soothe seizures.
But it is also possible to treat this disease in a natural way.
Here is how to relieve joint pain due to gout naturally:
The cider vinegar:
Rich in malic acid, cider vinegar reduces pain. Indeed, this acid is renowned for its ability to purify the body and thus helps to eliminate uric acid responsible for gout.
All you have to do is dilute a tablespoon in a large glass of water and consume it twice a day.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can be effective in relieving pain in the event of a gout attack.
This ingredient can be used in different ways:
- Consume a small piece of ginger root as it is
- Add this ingredient to your recipes
- Prepare an infusion of ginger powder
- Mix the ginger powder and turmeric, which is also known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and pour it into a glass of lukewarm water. Consume once a day.
Baking soda :
The sodium bicarbonate can reduce uric acid levels in the blood, which will automatically relieve the pain. How to use it ?
Pour half a teaspoon of baking soda into a large glass of water and drink this drink once a day.
Lemon juice is also effective in reducing the pain and levels of uric acid in the blood, thanks to its alkalizing capacity.
Mix the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water and drink once a day. To increase the effectiveness of the recipe, you can add baking soda.
Also be sure to consume foods rich in vitamin C, to strengthen the immune system.
Consuming cherry juice can help lower levels of uric acid in the bloodstream and consequently the gout seizures. And it is a scientific study that confirms it!
South African and British researchers conducted a study of 12 volunteers aged 26 years on average who did not suffer from gout. These subjects were required to follow a specific diet, without colored pigments, except that of cherries and had to drink 30 or 60 ml of cherry juice mixed with water.
48 hours after taking the juice, researchers assessed uric acid levels in the blood of volunteers and found that the concentration decreased and that it was mostly evacuated to the urine after a period of 3 hours following consumption.
Another study by researchers at Boston University also showed that cherry consumption could reduce the risk of gout by 35%.