9 Powerful Remedies for Gout

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A form of arthritis, gout is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It affects around five percent of people with arthritis, and usually flares up in the big toe, though it can also develop in heels, ankles, wrists, elbows, fingers, and knees. Excessive amounts of uric acid in the bloodstream lead to gout; uric acid is a byproduct of waste substance breakdown. If the kidneys can’t handle all the waste (called purines), uric acid builds up in the blood, crystallizing and collecting in joints—this causes gout. The buildup can become so bad it presses out through the joints, in visible (and extremely painful) nodes called tophi.  Women’s bodies are better equipped to process uric acid then men’s, which is why gout primarily affects men. Obese people and heavy drinkers are also at greater risk. A trained physician can (and should) diagnose gout; if you think you might have it, get checked out. Gout can be a sign of other, worse diseases, like kidney or heart disease. Besides maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding sardines, there are some home remedies to try that relieve gout’s symptoms.

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