Gout is a metabolic illness characterised by impaired uric acid metabolism leading to arthritis, particularly in the smaller foot bones, chalkstone deposits, and flare-ups of excruciating pain. Swelling and stiffness follow, and in certain situations, acute pain and swelling appear within a few hours.

Overabundance of uric acid is the primary cause of gout. It manifests as either excessive waste production or ineffective waste removal.

Purines, which are present in a variety of foods, are broken down to produce uric acid. Blood uric acid levels are sometimes, but not always, increased in gout patients (hyperuricemia). But only a small percentage of those with hyperuricemia will go on to get gout.

Joint inflammation may result from crystallisation of uric acid that accumulates around the joints if the kidneys are unable to remove it. However, there are steps you may take to better your health and eliminate uric acid on your own. First and foremost, make dietary and behavioural changes.

Next, you must consume a balanced, healthful diet that is high in lean meat, fish, whole, unprocessed grains, and vibrant, fresh fruits and vegetables. Alcohol, meals heavy in saturated fats, and processed sugars like high- fructose corn syrup should be consumed in moderation.

Water helps the body stay hydrated, gets rid of impurities, and balances the excess uric acid in the body. Water, natural juices without added sugar, fruit-infused water, and herbal teas (sweetened with honey) are good ways to keep your body hydrated. If at all possible, engage in simple physical routines or hobbies to relieve stress.

Here are several gout-related natural remedies:

  • Baking soda appears to be a good prophylactic option for lowering the body’s uric acid levels. Drink a glass of water with a half-teaspoon added every day. In the event of a current gout attack, use the entire teaspoon.
  • Water with lemon slices can also be beneficial. Gout is one of the many illnesses that the body’s system can avoid when it has a higher alkaline than acidic balance. The body becomes more alkaline after consuming lemon water, which also stops uric acid crystals from forming. Drink 200 cc of warm water with half a lemon squeezed into it every morning on an empty stomach.
  • Similar to lemons, apple cider vinegar raises the alkalinity of the body. Its malic acid effectively breaks down and excretes uric acid from the body. Every day, before lunch and supper, mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 200 millilitres of water and sip the mixture.

The following foods are the most effective in treating or preventing gout:

  • Turmeric contains curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that also plays a part in protecting the kidneys.
  • The compound bromelain, which is present in pineapples, has analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Flaxseed can lower a subject’s serum uric acid level because of its many health benefits.