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Natural Ways to Deal with Gout

Updated: Jan 25, 2020

Do you know someone who suffers from Gout?

Gout is a disease of uric acid processing and build up. Excess uric acid is converted to sodium urate crystals that settle into joints and other tissues. Men are more often affected than women and there is some evidence suggesting it may be hereditary. The big toe is a common site for the buildup of urate crystals.

Symptoms include hot joints, inflamed and shiny in color. The body temperature may also rise in acute conditions. It can be the very painful swelling of a joint, along with chills and fever. If left unaddressed, it can lead to joint breakdown.

Nutrition Support Protocol

Lifestyle Recommendations:

  • Make weight reduction a priority; maintain a healthy body weight.

  • Exercise daily; avoid a sedentary lifestyle.

  • Reduce alcohol intake, particularly beer; stop smoking and increase hydration with plenty of purified water.

  • Moderate consumption of organic coffee may be helpful as coffee may lower uric acid levels.

  • Be aware of potential hypertension or cholesterol issues, which are associated health concerns.

  • Review all current medications while treating gout.

  • Manage stress and reduce excess obligations and any sources of chronic negativity.

Dietary Tips:

  • Identify and eliminate any food allergens or intolerances to reduce inflammation.

  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup (especially from sodas and juices) and any refined sugar.

  • Avoid all vegetable and industrial seed oils; avoid over-consuming omega-6 oils; use healthy oils such as olive, coconut, and avocado.

  • Avoid animal proteins that are particularly rich in purines, such as organ meats, shellfish, anchovies and sardines.

  • Eat fewer red meats; prioritize lean meats, cold water fish, and/or beans (if not intolerant).

  • Increase high fiber foods and food rich in magnesium and potassium such as bananas.

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Drink nettle tea.

  • Include apple cider vinegar and tart or black cherry juice in beverage choices; consider using tart cherry juice.

Herbs Most Helpful for Gout

  • Stinging Nettle tincture or tea

Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle
  • Celery Seed tincture or tea

  • Wild Cherry Bark tincture

Other Herbs to Consider

Tamarack, Black Cohosh, Chamomile, Dandelion, Gravel Root White Willow Bark, St. John’s Wort, Meadowsweet, Burdock Root, Goldenrod, Juniper.

Helpful Topical Ideas

  • Diluted essential oil options may include: sage, rosemary

  • Comfrey ointment

  • Epsom salt foot soaks or baths

  • Warm potato poultice

Supplements Helpful for Gout

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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