An apple a day keeps the doctor away, especially when you have gout. Apples contain malic acid, which will help to reduce the uric acid in the body. The malic acid makes apples one of the most optimal gout treatments because it reduces swelling and relieves pain.
The best way to relieve gout pain and swelling is to reduce the amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. Lemon juice alkalizes the body and reduces the amount of acid. Mix the juice from one lemon with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Once the fizzing has stopped add it to a glass of water and drink immediately. Another option is to add lemon juice to your water and drink around three glasses a day.
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By reducing your sugar intake you can decrease your chances or severity of gout. Also, alcohol dehydrates you causing uric acid levels in the bloodstream to rise. (Check out these 14 arthritis symptoms you should never ignore!)