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Historically, gout is the disease of kings. However, you won’t feel like a king (or queen) if you get it. Gout is painful and debilitating. Unfortunately, the best cures for gout is to live better in the first place.
Gout is caused by deposits of crystallized uric acid in joints, tendons and the surrounding tissues. If you’re thinking “uric acid” sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the stuff that’s in urine. Yep, pretty gross! These crystals lie dormant for years until they suddenly “flame up.”
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The key to preventing gout is to not let your body's uric acid deposits get out of control, and to avoid processed "foods".
Since so many cases of gout are caused by dietary factors, that’s the best place to start: eat a diet low in purines, dyes, additives, and preservatives. Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines, and purines are found in overly high quantities in meat and seafood, as well as drinks like beer.
However, if you’re looking for gout cures, you’re probably past the preventative stage. Remember, though, that it is important and helpful to reduce purines in your diet overall.
In order to rid yourself of gout, you need to start by neutralizing the acids that are causing the inflammation. Cherry juice is one way to neutralize those acids, because it’s alkaline.
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That means that its pH is greater than 7. In fact, all fruits and vegetables (including acidic ones such as lemons) alkalinize our bodies. This is why eating a diet of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds can stop gout from happening. (As well as heart disease, diabetes, kidney stones, cancers, etc).
However, cherry juice works wonders because it also contains magnesium and is high in vitamin C, which means that it promotes circulation and digestion. This is essential to having effective natural remedies for gout.
One of the main concerns with gout is simply getting enough water running through your system. Drinking a lot of water will lower the levels of uric acid in your system.
One way to get more water is with herbal tea, especially when those herbs combat arthritis. The tea that seems to work best is nettle tea, which is commonly used to treat other types of inflammatory arthritis similar to gout.
Another anti-inflammatory remedy is wheatgrass. Not only is wheatgrass an anti-inflammatory, it removes toxins from the body, cleanses the liver, eliminates free radicals, and stimulates cell repair.
Gout damages the body, and when you need healing from the inside out, wheatgrass natural remedies for gout are the way to go. It’s not a miracle, but it’s as close to a food miracle as you can get.
This cure combines the most powerful ingredients into something I would actually voluntarily drink. Now, all together, we have our gout remedy: a cherry, nettle, wheatgrass drink. It’s an anti-inflammatory, high pH, cell-repairing drink just for gout. It tastes pretty good too!
Take dried nettles (from a health food store or you can pick them yourself) and steep them in water overnight in a sun tea jar. This gets the maximum amount of the nettles’ healing qualities into your nettle tea/tincture. You can make a large batch and keep it in the fridge, or just make as much as you need. This “tea” is pretty good all on its own, so I suggest making the whole jar. Chill the tea and set aside.
Fill your glass with two ounces of wheatgrass juice. A wheatgrass juicer is a good investment, and you can grow the wheatgrass at home! Next, fill the glass half way up with (unsweetened) cherry juice, and then the rest of the way with nettle tea. Sweeten with agave nectar if needed.
In addition to these cures, you can figure out some great cures of your own. Just consider what you need to make the gout go away. You need lots of water to flush out your system. You need something to lower your bodily pH, so try other berries, veggies, and maybe even some activated charcoal. You need an anti-inflammatory, so also try yarrow or celery seed.
Those are the basic keys to natural remedies for gout, so experiment to find your own cure. Home remedies are all about knowing the basics of the affliction, and knowing how to combat those elements. With a little DIY savvy, you can be in charge of your own herbal health.