Gout sufferers need to get rid of high uric acid in the body. You can use drugs or natural remedies. Here are 3 natural ways to get rid of uric acid without the side effects and cost of drugs.
High uric acid in the body over time can produce crystals in your joints, which then cause the horribly painful symptoms of gout.
Uric acid is produced by purines in the body and in foods. Purines help to produce our protein and energy needs, but in that process they breakdown and uric acid is formed as a byproduct.
The acid is processed by your kidneys and most of it is excreted through urine. Relatively low levels are then retained in your blood as an antioxidant, doing things like looking after your blood vessel linings for example.
High uric acid in the body can occur if your kidneys aren’t working efficiently, or, if your body is producing too much acid so that your kidneys just can’t cope.
Gout sufferers need to get rid of those high levels, to help get gout relief, and, to prevent further gout attacks. And as a gout sufferer, you are highly likely to have recurring gout episodes.
Modern medicine can do both through drugs that can be very effective. Things like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories), colchicines and corticosteroids for relieving gout symptoms and pain, and, drugs like allopurinol and probenecid for reducing high acid levels.
But they can have very bad side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, ulcers, bleeding, skin allergies, etc. And the drugs for reducing the acid need to be taken over the longer term because they only work while you take them. Stop, and there isn’t anything to prevent your levels rising again.
So many people are using natural gout remedies. These can act in the same way as drugs, i.e. reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and, lowering uric acid.
There are many natural ways to get rid of uric acid in the body by using specific herbs, fruits, vegetables, supplements, and so on. Some seem to work better for some people than others, so you have to discover the ones that work best in your particular case.
Here are three that people have found to be effective in getting rid of uric acid from the body…
Dr. Ludwig Blau is said to have cured his own gout in 1950 by eating between 6 and 8 cherries every day. But more recent studies suggest anything up to 40 can be effective. Between 30 and 40 is probably nearest the mark.
Cherries contain anthocyanins which act like NSAIDs and studies have also shown that they can actually lower uric acid in the body.
These also have anthocyanins allowing them to act as natural NSAIDs and help reduce inflammation and pain. Probably 1 cup of blueberries every day should be enough, but you need to find out what level is best for you.
This is perhaps very overlooked by gout sufferers. A dehydrated body finds it more difficult to get rid of uric acid, and it is easier for uric acid crystals to form. Plenty of water helps to prevent crystals forming, and, helps your kidneys to get rid of uric acid more effectively. Drink at least 12 x 8oz glasses every day.
These three can work quite well to get rid of uric acid in the body, but there are many more issues to consider for staying free of more gout attacks. And, remember, if you have suffered even one gout attack, you’re very likely to have more.
You should avoid this as recurring gout can lead to permanent joint damage and kidney problems over time.