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 Arthritis  Holistic-online.com

Gout

Common Sense Remedies

To reduce pain and inflammation, apply a plastic bag containing a few ice cubes or a bag of frozen vegetables to the joint. This will help relieve painful swelling. Wrap the cold bag in a soft cloth or towel and hold it against the painful area for up to five minutes at a time, then repeat as needed.

If gouty arthritis runs in the family, men in particular should moderate their intake of alcohol, fats, and foods high in purines (chemicals essential to the production of uric acid). Also, keep your weight within recommended ranges.

During an acute attack, hold painful area for two minutes maximum under cold, running water for quick relief.

For short term relief, raw fruits, vegetables and their juices (especially celery, liquid chlorophyll, carrot, spinach and parsley) are recommended in large amounts. Whole grains, seeds and nuts can also be included.

Heating clay packs, steam compresses, sitz- baths, saunas and foot baths help to alleviate the pain.

Mash boiled potatoes and place on warm affected area. Tie a cotton cloth around to hold in place.

Avoid refined carbohydrates and saturated fats as well as trans-fatty acids in margarine, shortening, baked goods and commercial food preparations including salad dressings, which increase uric acid production. The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and prevent further attacks of gout, as they provide the body with essential nutrients. Flax seed oil and fish oils are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Avoid saturated and hydrogenated fats, refined sugars, and foods and beverages containing caffeine. These promote inflammation, which increases the pain.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables act to reduce the body's acidity, and they do not contribute to uric-acid buildup.

Increase your consumption of foods such as citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, green peppers, and leafy greens, which are high in natural vitamin C and the bioflavonoids that reduce inflammation.

Consume cherries and cherry juice often. Cherries are an old nutritional remedy known to help reduce uric-acid levels.

Adopt a program of regular relaxation exercises and gymnastics. These can be of great benefit.

Drink plenty of liquid (at least eight glasses of distilled water daily) to keep the urine diluted and to promote the excretion of uric acid.

Eliminate alcohol. Alcohol increases uric acid levels by accelerating purine metabolism and impairing kidney function. 

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