News ID: 156391
Published: 0130 GMT August 07, 2016

Ease painful gout conditions with lemons

Ease painful gout conditions with lemons

Gout is caused by having too much acid in the body — and experts claim making one small change to your diet could help prevent painful attacks of the condition.

If the body is producing too much of a substance called uric acid, or the kidneys can’t filter it out of the body, it can built up and cause crystals to form around joints, according to

This means the area can become inflamed and painful, causing the joints to feel hot and tender, swell up and make the skin around the joint sore.

People suffering with gout often experience bouts of gout attacks — preventing them from walking or moving easily.

However, experts have divulged that adding lemons to a gout diet can ease symptoms of the condition.

The juice of one or two lemons should be added to water regularly every morning, experts suggest.

Dr. Sarah Brewer said: “People with gout are often advised to drink lemon juice in water to start their day.

“Lemons are a good source of vitamin C, which helps to lower uric acid levels to prevent gout attacks.

“A study involving over 1380 male health professionals found that those with the greatest vitamin C intakes had the lowest uric acid levels, after adjusting for other dietary and lifestyle factors.”

Experts say the lemon juice should be added to around eight fluid ounces — or 225ml of cold water so it can be easily absorbed into the system.

However Brewer also recommended taking vitamin C tablets which she said could work even faster.

Ronald Hoffman, writing in Intelligent Medicine, said a build up of uric acid can be prevented by 'alkalizing the urine or making it more basic’.

He said: “Lemon juice stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate, which neutralizes acids such as uric acid."

Although lemon is a citrus fruit and are acidic on their own — the effect on they have on the body is alkalizing and experts have said it can raise the pH of the body tissue.

Experts have also suggested that adding a teaspoon of baking soda also helps ease gout.

Gout can be caused by health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes but can also be developed in people suffering with kidney problems.

People are advised not to eat food which cause a build up of uric acid.

Helen Bond, Seven Seas consultant dietician, said: “Gout can be aggravated by a diet high in animal protein and by alcohol, so limit your intake of meat and avoid alcohol completely during a gout attack.

 “As uric acid is made in the body from the breakdown of purines that come from your diet, you need to cut down the amounts of foods that you eat that are high purines including offal, game, seafood, meat and yeast."

Gout can also lead to further problems if it is left untreated, including permanent joint damage and kidney stones.

This trick comes after it was revealed how much you can really drink on the gout diet.

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