Top Gout Natural Home Remedies

Gout and Natural Home Remedies

Top 10 Natural Home Remedies for Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that can affect different body parts like the ankles, knees, hands, wrists but mainly affects the big toe. Symptoms include acute pain, inflammation in the joints causing swelling and tenderness. Many gout sufferers have experimented with natural home remedies. What is a the true definition of a home remedy? It’s simply a medicine made with ingredients available at home.

Here are the most popular natural home remedies voted by gout sufferers:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV is considered king when it comes to a gout natural home remedy and it’s my most popular post voted by social media. ACV helps your body become more alkaline and the acidity helps relieve acute gout pain. Many gout sufferers report drinking 1-2  tablespoons of raw unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of at least 8 ounces of water. Some will drink this 2-3 times a day for better results. ACV can also be used as topical treatment. You you can soak your foot for about 30 minutes in a bucket full of 4 cups of hot water and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. You can also soak a clean, dry cloth in apple cider vinegar and wrap it around the affected area for about 15 minutes.

2. Baking Soda: Another extremely popular natural home remedy for gout sufferers is baking soda. Like apple cider vinegar, it makes your body more alkaline. Many consume ½ a teaspoon in a glass of 8 oz. water.Many will repeat this throughout the day until they have consumed at least 3 teaspoons of baking soda. It helps lower uric acid providing with relief from the pain at the same time. Avoid this home remedy if suffering from high blood pressure and try to limit salt intake in your meals during the day when taking baking soda. Baking soda is very high in sodium. The maximum recommended dose is 4 teaspoons throughout the day.

3. Cherries: Whether sweet or sour, cherries have been known to be extremely effective in treating gout and lowering uric acid due to their high antioxidant properties. In one study conducted with 600 people suffering from gout, it was concluded that eating half a cup serving of cherries daily (10-12 cherries) resulted in a 35% reduced risk of a successive gout attack. For those eating 2 or even 3 servings in a day, their risk dropped to 50%! But that is too much sugar as well which can cause other health ailments. Best recommendation is to use a tart cherry extract supplement and avoid the sugar intake if you can!

4. Ginger and/or Turmeric: The powerful anti-inflammatories present in ginger root and turmeric can be very helpful in easing gout pain and inflammation. I basically chop off a little piece the size of an inch and boil it for about 20 minutes and drink it as tea. You can also add ginger root and/or turmeric in cooking recipes. Some may also eat a small piece raw daily. Others use it topically to reduce swelling by making a paste of ginger root with water and then apply it to the affected area, leaving it on for about 30 minutes.

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5. Water: Very simple, we all have it and it’s usually free. Drink plenty of it and flush excess uric acid out of your body. Staying hydrated is one effective way of limiting gout flares. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day but if you can, why not strive for 12?! Make sure a water bottle is with you everywhere you go, I carry a bottle with me from morning to night and keep refilling it all day long.

6. Lemon Juice: Another natural home remedy that helps alkalize your body thus reducing uric acid in the blood, is drinking lemon juice. Many gout sufferers squeeze half a lemon in a glass of 8 oz. of water and drink it up to three times a day. Others will combine it with ½ a teaspoon of baking soda. Remember lemon juice is also high in vitamin C which also helps gout.

7. Celery Seeds: Another popular natural home remedy that helps lower uric acid and prevent gout according to many gout sufferers is celery seed extract. Celery seed simply stimulates your kidneys causing your kidneys to excrete more uric acid out of the body. Thus it causes you to visit the bathroom and urinate more.

8. Epsom Salt: There is no better topical treatment to treat a gout attack than epsom salt, widely used by many to relax muscles, aches and pains. The presence of magnesium which is an alkaline minreal in epsom salt also helps to treat gout. Before taking a bath, simply add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt in your bath and soak your entire body or affected joint, for at least 30 minutes.

9. Bromelain: Bromelain is a compound found in pineapples. The enzymes within it are frequently recommended for gout sufferers since it can lower uric acid and ease inflammation caused by gout. Again, bromelain is loaded with vitamin C as well which is also good for your gout. Bromelain is also considered a natural pain killer for many other ailments.

10. Vitamin C: A very popular vitamin with gout sufferers, let’s not forget vitamin C. Numerous studies have shown how vitamin C is effective in lowering uric acid levels in your blood.

Finally, don’t forget to rest your affected joint(s) when suffering from gout as much as you can and do not overuse it so you can heal faster. Minimize the time spent on your joints.  You can also ice your joints if you like for some temporary pain relief. Apply an ice-pack to help ease pain and inflammation several times a day for about 20 to 30 minutes each time. Elevating your foot also helps ease the pain causing the blood to flow to that particular area of the body. Don’t be shy and use a cane to walk around thus avoiding unnecessary pressure onto the affected joint(s). Yes I admit it, I walked around with a cane during my first gout attack since it striked my big toe and knee at the same time. You can do it too!

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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  • Maira

    Reply Reply January 5, 2017

    Cherries are always liked, either sweet or sour. These contain anthocyanins, antioxident properties which can reduce inflammation as well as minimize gout flare-ups. Thanks for sharing such valuable healthy life tips.

  • Nanno

    Reply Reply December 19, 2016

    My son just experiencing his 2nd bout with Gout on his bigtoe..Sad to see him suffer. I have just started him on gingerroot tea today and drinking lots of water together with advil 400 mg every 8 hours. Poor young man is just hopping around and now relaxing on the couch with his foot elevated for most of the day, so needless to say he cant work for a week or 2 who knows..Will let yah know how its been

  • Bart

    Reply Reply December 13, 2016


    Thank you, thank you for this site. Similar to you, I have been fighting gout attacks for almost 15 years now. I’ve tried all the normal treatments/prescription drugs. I changed my diet dropping shellfish, asparagus and anything else identified as a high purine food. I did everything the first 12 years but: 1> commit to taking a daily prescription & 2> quit drinking beer. Finally after all else failed leading to basically a permanent gout invasion of my body (ankles, elbow, thumb, toe), I gave up beer 3 years ago. It seemed to work! No attacks other than one day after a strenuous backpacking trip, I drank a single beer. 1 day later, attack comes thus causing my permanent decision to stop drinking beer. So no beer, no shellfish, no asparagus and big cutback on other meats seemed to be the trick.

    Until this past weekend. Started feeling that little twinge in my left ankle Friday. By Saturday afternoon, I was on crutches. Sunday was just as bad, truly the worst attack in quite a while. Like always, I started thinking about everything I had eaten or drank in the past week, nothing stood out.

    So here I am laid up in my bedroom with crutches next to the bed, totally frustrated but with a positive outlook on the next step in this ongoing battle against high uric acid. I found your website and already perused through many of the articles. I have yet to succumb to big Pharma as I continue to believe this affliction can be addressed through dietary/lifestyle changes. Information on this site is extensive, far better than anything else I have found. I look forward to yet again altering my diet and probably adding some of the natural supplements reviewed here.

    Thanks Spiro!

  • Chuck

    Reply Reply November 23, 2016

    Hi, Sprio. Just came across your site and thought I would throw in what has helped me in the past to relieve the pain from gout. I usually get gout in my thumbs or big toes. This last time around I got it in my ankle. Thought I had a fracture of some sort. The ER doc recommended allopurinol, which I took for 3 days only to have the pain move from my ankle to my big toe. Stopped taking allopurinol and went back to what has helped in the past. Put hot water in the tub and soaked my foot for 10 minutes. I could immediately start to move my toes (not very much, but better than before the hot water). I then take 800 mg of Ibuprofen 3 times a day to reduce the swelling. You can’t the 2400 mg for very days, especially if you’re on blood thinners like me, but this regimen works for me and I just wanted to share this. I do the hot water thing about 3 times a day, also. 2nd day almost all pain is gone and then trying to get back to normal walking. Hope this helps some of your followers.

  • Marcus Ooi

    Reply Reply October 6, 2016

    Hi Spiro,

    I purchased your ebook and have found it very useful so far… thank you.

    I’m 36 years old and I’ve had gout for about 10 years. It has progressively been getting worse and the time between attacks shorter. The time between my last two attacks was 3 weeks. I take colchicine for relief.

    I have regularly been taking tart cherry tablets. I have also been off the shellfish and alcohol for over a year now. In the last month, I’ve been following your advice reasonably closely, with some chicken.

    I also had blood tests done last week and all my bodily functions were good (except urate was at the high end). I also do not have thalassemia or anemia.

    My doctor wants me to start taking allopurinol. I have been resisting this for years, but now I feel I have no choice but to take a low dosage of it on an ongoing basis.

    Do you have any advice for me? I’m at my wits end.


    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply October 6, 2016

      Tell your doctor if you can experiment one last time by going on a vegetarian diet and drinking only water and tea and see how your uric acid level compares then. Give it at least a month or 2. Take the dietary supplements since they are supposed to supplement your gout diet and do help you. On top of that I would also take supplements that help your kidneys and liver which process and expel uric acid, so Milk Thistle, Celery Seeds, Chanca Piedra to name a few.

      After that if that doesnt work then taking allopurinol may be your only choice if you want to avoid painful gout attacks in the future.

      Thank you for your questions Marcus and good luck!

  • Tim King

    Reply Reply September 21, 2016


    Gout is one of the problems I have which I need to try and control, the other problems are high blood pressure and kidney problems, high triglycerides, It seems no matter what takes care of one problem it will cause the other problems to get out of control.

    I don’t want to take the prescribed gout medicine because of the side affects. Is there anything that is safe to take that would not interfere with other medical issues. I am on blood pressure medicine and sleeping pills and inflammation pills.

    I can’t eat one type of food good for gout that does not interfere with my kidneys or high blood pressure.

    Please help!

    Thank you!

    Tim King

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply September 21, 2016

      Hi Tim!

      Very hard to give advice since I don’t know your personal situation, I would do what your doctor tells you to since it seems you have an advanced gout problem. If you can stick to a mostly vegetarian diet eating fresh vegetables, whole grain breads, pastas and rices along with nuts and beans, you will do better since these foods don’t aggravate your gout or affect your kidneys. And only drink water if I were you and teas.

      A disciplined diet can go a long way in helping with your health.

  • Bertha Falcon

    Reply Reply August 25, 2016

    Thank you for all the great information on your site. I suffer with lots of pain, my father is no longer with us.My brother and myself are gout patients.I just turned 70 but I have still some good years ahead. Question? All these fruit and vegetables; can I just combine together in a blender and drink daily? And also do other things and treatments all at the same time?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply August 25, 2016

      Hi Bertha!

      Better to eat your veggies cause when you add them in the blender you’re eating mostly the sugar and not the fiber which is very important for your health and gout. You can do many natural home remedies at the same time if you like, that is not a problem, if that is what you mean.

  • Vinny

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    hi Spiro, great website and info…i usually combine 2 or 3 home remedies whenever i get a gout attack. every one is different,so you just have to experiment which combinations work. i also use any combination everyday to help avoid getting an attack or flare up…i also buy organic tart cherry juice or organic black cherry juice. they both work..

  • Phil

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    I find that drinking high alkaline water ( so called smart water) by Glaceau helps tremendously is staving off a Gout attack. Its expensive compared to std bottle water but well worth it considering the alternative. Im looking into a machine that produces high alkaline water, but they seem shrouded in scams and false claims?

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