Test and Investigations for Rheumatoid ArthritisGout pain can be very debilitating. Using natural remedies alone or alongside any prescribed medication can bring much relief. Here are 8 natural gout pain relief remedies.

Gout is an inflammatory joint disease and a form of arthritis. Cases of gout have been rising rapidly in recent years. This is mainly due to the amount of processed foods we consume and our sedentary lifestyles. Between two and five million Americans suffer from gout. Nearly 90% are men in their 40s and older.

Below are 8 things you can do to help relieve gout pain and inflammation.

8 Natural Gout Pain Relief  Methods

1. Eat the right foods

In 2012, the American College of Rheumatology published guidelines for treating gout. It advised the following:

  • Avoid eating foods high in uric acid which can increase your risk of developing gout and cause an existing problem to get worse. Avoid foods high in purines which get broken down into uric acid like red meat and organ meats, such as liver and kidney.
  • Avoid sweet soft drinks. A 2008 study showed that consumption of sugary soft drinks is strongly associated with an increased risk of developing gout. Avoid food and drink containing high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Reduce your salt intake. A diet high in sodium can cause tissue swelling and make gout symptoms worse.
  • Some foods can help relieve the pain and inflammation of gout such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fish oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acidsthat reduce  inflammation in your body. Gout is a form of arthritis and fish oil has been proven to be an effective treatment for arthritis,

 

2. Use an ice pack

Ice constricts blood vessels which reduces swelling and inflammation. Use an ice pack for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, several times across the day.

 

3. Rest the joint

If you are experiencing gout pain, you need to rest. Overuse of the joint leads to more pain and inflammation. Elevating your foot helps blood flow to the affected area which helps reduce swelling and pain.

 

4. Drink plenty of fluids

  • Research shows drinking plenty of water can significantly reduce the risk of recurrent gout attacks. It helps to expel excess uric acid through urination which prevents the formation of urate crystals in the joints.
  • Try to drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day to flush out uric acid.

 

5. Avoid alcohol

Alcohol, especially beer, is high in purines. Avoiding alcohol helps reduce the amount of uric acid in your body.

 

6. Control your weight

  • Being overweight increases your risk of developing gout. Nearly half of all gout sufferers are overweight. Excess weight can make it worse if you already suffer from it. Those extra pound irritate nerve endings and joints. Losing weight reduces the stress you put on your joints.
  • Eat a reduced-calorie diet that is low in fat.

 

7. Free your foot!

  • Keep the affected area exposed when possible. Wear open toe shoes or sandals.
  • Cut out an area of your sock to allow your big toe to poke through. Doing this means the affected area is not cooped up, which restricts blood flow and can cause irritation.
  • Don’t tuck your bed sheets into the mattress as this restricts your movements. Use a duvet instead. If you are using sheets, stick your foot out from under the bottom.

 

8. Get a cane

Using a cane will help take some of the weight and pressure off your joints.

These are 8 natural remedies to help relieve gout pain and inflammation. Always take any medications prescribed by your doctor. These natural gout pain relief remedies can help you if you use them in addition to a prescribed medication or, if no medication has been prescribed, on their own.