My husband has been having recurring attacks of gout in a big toe. Is this diet related? Any suggestions on suggestions for what to eat/not to eat?
By Susie from Milwaukee, WI
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Susie, I have been helping my wife deal with gout for some time. We feel it is most certainly food related. We discovered if she drank wine or ate shrimp she broke out with an attack of the gout. Experiment with different foods you probably like in abundance and see if you break out again after eating or drinking your favorites. Best wishes and good luck.
Jim M. - Hiawassee, GA
You actually can go on the internet and find a good gout diet. However there are medications that will prevent the attacks. You should see your doctor.
The Rayban bracelet is a wonder at keeping most of my gout away. Occasionally if I eat too much sea food, clams especially, I will get a bout. Not too serious though.
Have him eat cherries. Fresh or canned, even pie cherries. If he can eat 1/2 cup of cherries twice a day for a week and it helps, great. Hold off the Meds if you can. Good luck. GG Vi
I believe gout is a build up of acid often caused by eating rich food and drinking alcohol-Cut out the fats, creams, red meats and junk food for a while (if you eat these things!) and see how you go. You can always reintroduce these things in moderation when you're feeling better. Good luck - gout is very painful!
Avoid acidic foods.Blend lemon,garlic and ginger with a tablespoon of olive oil and have few tablespoon in the morning and evening.Apples and carrots eaten or liquidized and taken daily helps.Drink lots of water.Detox and have plenty of raw fruit and vegetables,avoid citrus fruits.Let me tell you a small story,because of acid buildup my partners watch band should get corroded and my daughter asked her dad to eat an apple and a carrot every morning and that helped his watch doesn't get corroded anymore.I hope you find some relief.
My husband gets the same thing. eating cruciferous vegetables - cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc. - can bring on an episode.
Eating meat and shellfish will do the same thing. the pain is caused by uric acid having built up in the blood.
No junk food, heavy food, sausages, no chicken, fowl.
Fruits like blueberries, pomegranates, cherries will help him. you can also go to the health food store and buy the concentrated form of these fruits in tablet or capsul form.
The juice of these fruits will help too. Drink lots of water to flush the blood.
I also give him an herb called devil's claw. However, you must remember that herbs are medicine, just like antibiotics. herbs can interfere with other drugs so be careful.
His foot should be elevated. He should not eat any meat or dairy while he's ill, just fresh fruit and vegetables, juices and fruits mentioned above.
Every hour he should drink a glass of lukewarm water with the juice of one fresh lemon in it. this will help him detox his liver. he will likely develop loose stools and this is good because it's a sign that his body is eliminating poisons.
Every hour he should have one glass of lukewarm water with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in it. this will de-acidify the blood and neutralize it. you can also buy apple cider vinegar tablets or capsules and take them instead, BUT he must take the tablets/capsules with a glass of lukewarm water.
I would NOT add any sodas to the juices as mentioned below.
Do NOT ever mix fruits and vegetables together at one meal. Your blood will acidify and not become neutralized.
I hope your husband feels better and may try these solutions. good luck.
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Does anyone know of any home remedies for temporary relief from gout (in my right foot)? I am in misery. Thanks.
Julie from Arlington, TX
100% organic black cherry juice has helped me quite a bit. It doesn't taste great, but it does wonders. (10/21/2008)
Ditto on the baking soda cure. It has been miraculous for me. Usually a dose or two is all it takes. Last time, the red, burning place on my foot was gone the next morning. Amazing. Just cut back on salt for a day or so. You can also take it as a preventative if you plan to eat something (like shrimp, for me) that you know will provoke an attack. (10/21/2008)
By Carolyn C. A.
Gout: Burdock root tea "may" clean the uric acid out of the blood system. I have heard of relief coming in as soon as 15 minutes. Mike
I read in a Prevention magazine that cherries would relieve gout. A number of men that I worked with had gout and it helped them. Chimes
If you drink black cherry juice you can off set a flame up very quickly, but it will leave you in the bathroom for a while. You only need about 8 ounces or so and organic is best if you can get it. My boyfriend has gout in his feet and it works like a charm for him. I hope anyone who has gout will take this advice to heart.
I copied this from a site called Forgotten Medical Cures.
I hope you are better soon. (10/21/2008)
You can mix the cherry juice with Sprite, 7-Up, or Sierra Mist. Then if you would like, add lime juice and/or cherries to make a cherry limeade, yummy and gives you a bit of variety. (10/21/2008)
One source of the cherry juice my son said his boss uses is Nature Blessed, cherry juice concentrate. You take 2 TB in 6-8 oz water. It is made from red tart cherries. That is all the meds his boss has used for years. It cost about $20 for a quart of concentrate. This was located as a special order from the grocery store.
Secondly, an old medication used for gout years ago was guaifenesin. There was a connection between those using the Guai for their gout and the discovery that the use of it for fibromyalgia was great, too. Those needing to know, ask your pharmacist and seriously expect a decent answer. Or you can Google "guaifenesin use".
Anyway, for my fibromyaliga I have used the guaifenesin daily since 1997 and I can tell if I skip a daily dose, my body feels toxic. I can imagine what gout would feel like, the severe pain, etc. They are both of the arthritis family. There are hundreds of thousands of people world wide that use the guai for the FMS.
Now the Adams company did some nasty con tricks and cornered the free market, reformated the guaifenesin to call it Mucinex. They sued all other companies who were still making it until the copyright law forced most out of that market. Lots of us have to get ours world wide from other countries. (10/21/2008)
I tried cherry juice with not much results, I guess it may help others. I take Clochicine tablets prescribed by my doctor. They help a lot. Start taking them as soon as you feel the gout attack coming on. Drink as much water as you can hold while taking these, it seems the more water you drink the faster the pills work. (10/30/2008)
Raw vegetable juices are used for gout treatment. Carrot juice, in combination with the juices of beet and cucumber, is especially valuable. Beet juice 100 ml and cucumber juice 100 ml should be mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice to make 500 ml of combined juice and taken daily. Good luck. (04/01/2010)
I had one bout with gout and I asked my kidney doctor about it. He said I probably got dehydrated enough that the percentage of uric acid brought on the gout; it's important to drink enough water and remember, tea, coffee and soft drinks have caffeine which is dehydrating. Here are some things I collected from the internet which might be useful:
I do not have sciatica but do have reoccurring back problems from a nasty fall that chipped and cracked 2 vertebrae and damaged a disk. The herb of choice for me is Valerian root. Get mine at Wal-Mart. Nature Resources, do not get the Spring hill brand to me it is worthless. Worked as well as the meds in the doctor's prescription.
Regarding the thread on back pain, sciatica, etc. May I comment that emu oil is noted for its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be an effective topical treatment for many such conditions, and has wonderful synergy with the appropriate herbal infusions and essential oils. A bonus is that it penetrates deeply, carrying the benefits of any other ingredients down into the affected tissue.
For pain: DL-Phenylalanine - an amino acid that "interferes" with the pain receptors to the brain. Check with your local health food store.
If you think the area may be a bit swollen/inflamed, try bromelain. You must take bromelain on an empty stomach. Taken with food it is a digestive enzyme.
Let us know how it works for you! Several years ago, I gave a friend bromelain as part of a treatment for a tooth extraction. (He was expecting the usual swollen and painful jaw.) Not only did he *not* have swelling and pain. It also cured him of a nasty ganglion he'd had on his hand for over a year!
Bromelain is actually an enzyme from pineapple, when taken with food, it acts as a digestive enzyme. When taken on an empty stomach, it reduces swelling and inflammation. Useful for sports injuries, arthritis, etc.
Buy cherry juice. The brand I used to buy for my kids was The "Juicy Juice " brand which came in a can and was 100 percent cherry juice. Good brand and can get in almost in any supermarket. Cathy from MA (08/04/2008)
When my husband was living, he was told to eat Queen Anne Cherries. That was the only ones that helped. (08/06/2008)
By Judith Walker
For gout, my daughter takes Allopurinal tablets. They cost about a penny each. Basically they are baking soda in a capsule. Cheap enough, or make your own. (gel caps are for sale at www.sanfransiscoherb&spice company.com). (08/21/2008)
Try alternating hot and cold foot baths, it worked for me. (08/20/2006)
In our local newspaper there is a doctor that says to drink 1/2 cup of real cherry juice twice a day. Says that will work. Others have written to him singing it's praises. Good luck. (08/20/2006)
By Jean in GA
Tell your husband to "stop eating the cherries" some fruits have acid that exacerbates "gout"
Editor's Note: Cherries and cherry juice are generally recommended for gout. (08/20/2006)
I recently had an attack after about 20 years! I went to the internet and typed in "home remedies for gout." Believe it or not, baking soda in water about every 3-4 hours worked for me. I had to cut out ALL other sources of sodium (salt) for a couple of days - soda will cause water retention. I got relief within a few hours. Type in "baking soda remedy for gout" and see if you can find the formula. Good luck! (08/20/2006)
It is not a natural remedy but it really worked for me....celedrin. You can get it at health food stores or even walmart. I will never be without it again (08/28/2006)
Try Puricell. It is all natural, and my fiance bought it off of the internet. It seems to have no side effects and with 2 pills a day, he can move again like he could in his 20's. (01/02/2007)
Might as well try. Can't hurt. (01/09/2007)
By Terry Chalmers