I was desperate for a remedy and this is the only thing that has worked for me. DRINKING WATER. Drink a lot of it. Drink 10 oz. every 30 minutes while you are awake if you can. I have tried various diets (low protein, avoiding shellfish, avoiding rich fatty foods) – didn’t work. I have tried avoiding alcoholic beverages – didn’t work. I have tried various fruit juice concoctions – didn’t work. The only thing that has worked is drinking lots of water. The theory behind this is that if you are prone to gout, then your body will produce uric acid regardless if what your diet is like. It is in your genes. You are genetically predisposed to producing high uric acid levels. So most treatment for gout has been to try to reduce uric acid levels. However, gout flare ups occur not because of high uric acid, but because the uric acid has crystallized in your joints causing excruciating pain. So instead of trying to reduce uric acid, we should be trying prevent uric acid crystallization. This is where drinking water comes in. If you maintain a high level of hydration, then hopefully the uric acid will remain dissolved and won’t crystallize into the joints. I know this sounds simple but it has really worked for me so far. I use to get gout flare-ups about every other week and it felt like I had a 9-inch nail being hammered through my joint. Ever since I started drinking lots of water, the flare-ups have subsided. Note: this remedy is for preventing gout flare-ups from occurring, if the flare up has already occurred then the acid has already crystallized and drinking water will not make the pain go away. I don’t want anyone to have to go through the pain that I went through, so by sharing this I hope that I can help some of the gout sufferers out there to avoid getting flare-ups. Best wishes.
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