Many gout sufferers use apple cider vinegar for gout relief. Some even say that apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help to remove uric acid kidney stones. Read on to discover how to utilize ACV for best results.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Gout
Yes, it’s true, it seems that more and more gout sufferers are using ACV for their gout. Some even suggest that apple cider vinegar can help to break up and remove uric acid kidney stones.
Who would have thought that something you see in the supermarket, potentially, could be so beneficial in helping you to beat your gout, perhaps even help to get rid of kidney stones?
Except that, it usually can’t be bought in the supermarket because it has to be raw, unpasteurized, un-distilled apple cider vinegar. And it’s been my experience that you can normally only get this in your health food-store or other specialist outlet.
In the old days, before pasteurizing and distilling etc., apple cider vinegar had been used to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, including gout.
Taking apple cider vinegar for gout (as a drink) works, it is thought, by changing your blood pH which in turn helps to alleviate the high uric acid conditions in your body which can lead to gout.
As a drink, just add 2 or 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a large glass of cold water and stir well. Then drink a glass 3 times a day. Personally speaking, I can drink it like that but, if you need to improve the taste a bit, you can always add a little honey to the mixture. Not too much though.
And some folks say they can get relief through an apple cider vinegar gout soak, i.e., by immersing the affected joint in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and hot water.
As a gout soak, fill a basin with the vinegar / water mixture in the ratio 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to 3 cups of hot water (not scalding of course). Soak the joint for around 30 minutes. Repeat as required, reheating the mixture as you go along.
If the affected joint (e.g. knee) cannot easily rest in a basin you can utilize a towel or cloth as a hot compress. Just thoroughly soak the compress in the basin and apply it to the affected area in the manner above.
But be careful: Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and can damage tooth enamel and esophagus tissue. In addition, it may be dangerous when taken with medications for blood pressure and diabetes.