Gout is a type of arthritis, characterized by severe pain in a joint, especially the one near the big toe. Gout attacks usually occur at night, accompanied by redness, swelling, and heat on the affected area.
In fact, the pain can be so severe that some people can’t even touch the inflamed joint, and something like pulling the bedsheet over the area can be extremely painful.
But, what causes this uncomfortable and painful joint condition, and are you at risk of developing it?
What Causes Gout
Even though gout attacks are triggered by things like excess alcohol intake, crash diet, dehydration, sodas, injury, infection, etc., they aren’t usually the culprit of gout. What causes gout is hyperuricemia – a buildup of uric acid in the blood.
But, what is uric acid and how it is formed in our body? Well, during the purine metabolism in the body, you get uric acid in the blood as an end result of this natural process. The uric acid is then transported to the kidneys and flushed out as urine.
But, your body could produce more uric acid than others, and this amount can’s be fully processed by your kidneys. In that case, uric acid accumulates in the form of crystals around joints, especially the one on the base of the big toe. That’s how you develop gout.
How to Treat Gout Naturally
Since uric acid buildup is the main cause of gout, what you should do is reduce it. Chronic gout requires taking certain medications, but you can try treating acute gout attacks as well as aid the treatment of chronic gout with certain diet and lifestyle changes.
Before explaining how to treat your gout naturally, you should know the most common gout triggers. This will help you avoid them, thus prevent future gout attacks.
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Crash diets and fasting
- Eating plenty of high-purine foods
- Sweet sodas
- Joint injury
- The drug cyclosporine
- Sudden, severe illness or surgery
- Starting treatment for reducing uric acid
- Taking diuretic medications for edema, hypertension, or heart failure