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Is Epsom Salt Helpful for Gout?

Written by Amir Tajer

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Posted on January 06 2022

What is Gout?

Gout symptoms in foot

Gout is a type of arthritis that cause severe pain around the joints, usually in only one joint at a time.

Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood.

An excessive amount of this chemical in your diet will result in your kidney being unable to filter it out before it eventually causes crystals to form around joints which results in considerable pain and discomfort.

There are home remedies for gout that can help to alleviate the symptoms, one of the most popular is an Epsom salt bath.

For people living with gout, life can be uncomfortable when the condition flares up.

What is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt on a spoon

Epsom salt, or to give its scientific name, magnesium sulfate, is a unique compound which consists of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen.

First discovered in the small town of Epsom in England, Epsom salt has many uses and many potential health benefits.

Using Epsom salt for feet has become increasingly popular over recent years thanks to the ability of Epsom salts to fight aches and pains.

How Epsom Salt Can Help

Epsom salt bath

An Epsom salt bath for your feet can be a great way of treating your pain and is a widely recommended home remedy for gout.

Epsom salt is naturally loaded with magnesium which is great at helping the body to break down and release the toxins which cause the pain.

The most effective way to use an Epsom salt bath is by soaking your feet and ankles in it for at least 20 minutes.

This will help your body to absorb magnesium and alleviate the symptoms of gout.

The Symptoms of Gout

Wrist pain from gout

The most common symptoms of gout include a sudden pain in your joint, most commonly the big toe although it can also impact your knees, fingers, elbows, and wrists.

An indicator that you're suffering with gout is the skin over the area from which your pain emanates will be red, feel hot when touched, and be noticeably swollen.

How is Gout Typically Treated?

White pills in a pink bottle spilled on a table

The usual treatment for gout involves taking painkillers and resting. In addition to this, it's important to stay well hydrated and keep the joint as cool as possible.

Trying to keep blankets off your affected joint at night time will help you feel more comfortable. A popular and effective method is an Epsom salt bath.

Submerging your foot or both feet in Epsom salt helps to reduce the inflammation thanks to its unique properties.

There are several lifestyle changes that can be made to avoid future gout attacks including limiting alcohol intake, drinking plenty of water, and maintaining a healthy weight by eating a varied diet.

High Quality Epsom Salt to Your Door

Epsom salt on a bath tub

Here at Greenway Biotech, we stock the best Epsom salt available to buy in the United States.

Our Epsom salt is quick to dissolve meaning you can get the relief of an Epsom salt bath as and when you need it.

Also, our Epsom salt is pharmaceutical grade, which is the highest quality form of epsom salt available on the market. Rest assured that you're getting the best product that money can buy.

 

 

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