Got Gout? We Have Answers! 7 Ways To Prevent It And Get Rid Of It!

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2. Citrus Fruits

Vitamin C is very useful when fighting gout and the fiber that fruits contain is also a great way to help remove uric acid from the body as some uric acid is removed via the stools. Don’t rely on supplements or simply fruit juice. You want to get plenty of fiber and that means eating the entire fruit. Work on eating at least three pieces of vitamin C rich fruit each day such as grapefruits, oranges, lemons, limes, mangoes, and tangerines.

 

3. Lose Weight

Although weight isn’t always a factor, it does appear that people who are overweight tend to be struck with gout much more often than those who have a healthy body weight. This might be due to their diet, but there is one thing that is certain — losing weight will greatly reduce your chances of having another gout attack. You don’t have to go all out, simply aim to cut 500 to 600 calories out of your diet each day. You can cut out 300 and exercise away another 200 calories if that suits you better. Lose just one to two pounds each week.

 

4. Drink More Water

The kidneys work best when they are fully hydrated. Also, uric acid is diluted in the blood when your body is well-hydrated. Drink two or three liters of water every single day. If it helps, set a timer, and drink one glass of water every hour if needed.

 

5. Baking Soda

Since uric acid is — as the name implies — acidic, drinking baking soda and water can help to neutralize and dissolve the crystals. Simply add half a teaspoon of baking soda to eight ounces of water and drink one glass before each meal as well as one glass before bedtime. Keep in mind that baking soda does contain sodium, so if you are on a low sodium diet or if you have heart problems or high blood pressure, consult with your doctor before you try this method.

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