As with most medical disorders, gout is beginning to be treated by natural and more holistic remedies. One of the main reasons for such a demand for natural gout remedies is due to the fact that normal gout medications cause severe and sometimes debilitating side effects. Certain forms of these medications have harmful effects long term to patients who take them. Natural gout remedies are safe and usually have no side effects. In some cases, patients claim that natural gout remedies even work better than gout medications. But before going over certain remedies for gout, it is essential to understand what gout is. Gout is a condition in which uric acid crystals form in the joints. This is caused when a patient can not properly excrete the uric acid in their system. Excessive uric acid can be the result of under-performing kidneys, an increase in uric acid production, or an increase in ingested foods that lead to the formation of uric acid. Doctors and patients who experience gout say that the most common side effect is pain in the big toe. Gout can also appear in hand and finger joints, knees, ankles, and other bones and joints associated with the foot. The most horrifying fact about gout is that it can happen without much forewarning. Those who begin experiencing gout symptoms should seek treatment for it immediately. If gout is not treated it can lead to severe pain and even joint deformations. Some gout symptoms would include rapid and sometimes severe pain in the big toe, painful joints will appear swollen and red, fever and chills, and tender skin around the affected joint. Gout can cause pain for several days, with more severe cases lasting weeks. The inflammation associated with gout can lead to bursitis. Gout treatment should begin as soon as you start having any of these symptoms. Causes for gout vary but may include being overweight, excessively drinking alcohol, having high blood pressure, and having low thyroid hormone levels. Drinking plenty of water is the first way to prevent gout since it allows your body to flush excess uric acid out of your system. Avoid foods that contain high levels of purines, since this can cause excess uric acid crystals in your body. Blueberries, lemon juice, and dairy foods are known to decrease the occurrence of gout. There are several natural gout remedies that can be utilized to heal the horrendous symptoms associated with gout. Having the sufferer eat twenty to twenty-five fresh cherries a day will help keep the gout under control. Drinking vegetable juice containing 500ml of blended cucumbers, beets, and carrots can also be a sufficient natural remedy for gout.
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