Gout is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, tenderness and redness primarily in the big toe, but can also affect the foot, ankle, knees and other joints. Gout is a buildup of uric acid which can be caused by being overweight, consuming too much alcohol, certain medications and consuming too much meat or fish that are high in purines (Gout, 2014).
Purines are broken down into uric acid, which can cause gout, with the highest purine count found in: organ meat; bacon, beef, pork, lamb; game meats; other meats in large amounts; anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel, scallops; gravy; beer (Diet, n.d.). This is not to say that you cannot consume any of the above listed items, it’s a matter of moderation as with anything else.
For gout relief and reducing pain, apple cider vinegar is what’s called for thanks to its acetic acidic content which balances the pH in your body to discourage the buildup of the uric acid.
Gout Relief Recipe
- 2-3 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (look for raw, organic or natural)
- 8 oz water
- Honey to taste (optional)
- To the cup add water, vinegar and honey to taste
- Stir and drink
- Drink this 2-3 times a day until you no longer experience the pain
For additional pain relief, check out the “Calgon,” I Mean, “Epsom salts, Take Me away!” post for utilizing Epsom salts in a soak or tub.
Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.
Diet and Gout – Topic Overview. (n.d.). WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/tc/diet-and-gout-topic-overview.
Gout – Topic Overview. (2014, September 30). WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/tc/gout-topic-overview.