What is it?
Gout is a type of arthritis in which small crystals form inside and around the joints. It causes sudden attacks of severe pain and swelling. t most often occurs in one or both of your big toes. It can affect your feet, ankles, fingers, wrists, elbows, and knees as well. Men develop gout more often than women. Women are more likely to develop gout after menopause. Gout can be acute (short-lasting) or chronic (long-lasting).
What are the symptoms?
- Severe pain in one or more joints
- The joint feeling hot and very tender
- Swelling in and around the affected joint
- Red, shiny skin over the affected joint
- Drink one teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water two to three times daily.
- Mix equal amounts of fenugreek powder, turmeric powder and dried ginger root powder, have one teaspoon of this mixture along with warm water twice daily.
- Eat 15 to 20 cherries a day. For better results, start your day with some cherries.
- Drink a glass of black cherry juice daily. You can also add a few minced garlic cloves in it.
- Add two cups of Epsom salt to warm bath water. Soak your body in it until the water starts losing heat.Do this once a week. If you have severe gout, you can try it two or three times a week.
- Eat one or two bananas daily. The high potassium content in bananas will help convert uric acid crystals into liquid form that will be flushed out of the body later through urine.
- Drink extra water to flush your body of uric acid.
- Limit use of your affected joint and rest in bed.
- Restrict the amount of animal protein you eat.
- Avoid alcohol completely.
- Limit the amount of peas, pulses and legumes in your diet
Things to watch out for
Contact your GP if you have severe pain with redness in your joint Call 000 or go to an emergency department if the pain is intense with fever and shivering