Baking soda and Gout

Gout and Baking Soda

Baking Soda a common remedy for gout

In this post I will be explaining how baking soda or bicarbonate of soda actually helps us gout sufferers decrease are uric acid levels which causes our gout attacks. This remedy is one that goes back to the 19th century, whereby a British doctor by the name Alfred Garrod (author to The Nature and Treatment of Gout and Rheumatic Gout) and physician to Queen Victoria, who had discovered that the trick to treating gout was to alkalize the blood, protecting against gout by keeping uric acid diluted in the urine.

Before I continue make sure to consult your doctor before experimenting with baking soda since we all our bodies are different and you may be taking prescription drugs that don’t interact well with baking soda and cause worse problems to your health especially if you have heart, kidney or liver disease, as well as appendicitis. Furthermore, there are some potential side effects like increase in blood pressure, nausea, loss of appetite, headaches, vomiting etc…So going back to alkalizing your blood, what baking soda does so well is actually raise your pH level and relieve or even stop your gout attack. For many gout sufferers, this remedy works fast, usually anywhere between 24 hours to within a week but for some it works immediately!

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How do you use baking soda?

First of all it’s cheap to purchase and easy to prepare. You add half a teaspoon of baking soda and mix it to your glass of water around 250ml making sure it is entirely dissolved in the water, taking it 4 times a day and insuring you drink a glass right before going to bed. Why? Because the body is known to be more acidic during the night and this is why many gout attacks happen between midnight and dawn, heck all my gout attacks have occurred at this time only! Some gout sufferers have even reported that a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, 4 times a day, can deal with their gout attack. Remember, if you can, the lower the better. Why? Because baking soda is extremely high in sodium. Make sure to reduce salt intake in other foods when using baking soda for gout. Just a teaspoon of baking soda contains around 1200mg of sodium and taken in large amounts can have serious effects on your health since sodium is a caustic poison which can result in burns to the mouth, esophagus and cause your stomach to rupture. Plus take too much of it for too long and you can also get alkalosis.

So what does it actually do?

Some of us and our bodies are acidic and the some are alkaline and this usually measured using a pH scale ranging from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral (in the middle) and anything below 7 is considered acidic and anything above is obviously considered alkaline. So what baking soda actually does is, it increases the blood and body fluids Ph level which then makes uric acid more soluble, which in turn makes it easier to flush out of the kidneys, restoring this natural alkaline balance. The blood is able to hold more uric acid without crystallizing which causes your gout attack. By alkalizing your blood, it will also alkalize your urine making your uric acid more readily excreted avoiding kidney stones made from uric acid and remember to use pH strips to test the alkalinity of your urine. You can buy those on You can also try Alkaline water drops which if you do, you can drink less glasses of water, usually only 5 on average daily. The best way to alkalize your body is through proper diet which we will discuss in a future post in greater detail.

Finally, baking soda is not a cure-it-all for gout, there are many gout sufferers, about 15% who have stated that it didn’t work on them as confirmed by an online poll done on the subject but 85% stated that baking soda did have a positive effect on them which makes baking soda a classic home remedy for us gout sufferers in my book.

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  • Warren

    Reply Reply March 14, 2016

    I have chased away several gout attacks with baking soda and fresh lemon. Squeeze one fresh lemon in a glass of 6-8 oz of water then put 1/2 half teaspoon baking soda in the lemon water. It tastes like lemon soda water, It works. Take every 2 hrs.

  • Vee

    Reply Reply March 12, 2016

    I am almost 50 years old and this week was my first time ever experiencing such a painful disease called GOUT. I didn’t know what it was at first until I visited my local clinics, where the nurse took no more than a few seconds to examine my big right toe to let me know what I had was gout. I was given two shots. One for the pain and one for the swollen. Medications I was given were Colchicine, Indomethacin and Methylprednisolone. My whole 49 years on this earth I’ve always shy away from meds, but I did take the Colchicine. I am now researching natural remedies which I am very grateful for coming across this articles and your feedbacks that I’ve decide to give baking soda a try. I may also have arthritis in the knee that are related to gouts? Thank you all for for the helpful tips…

  • Akash

    Reply Reply January 17, 2016

    I am suffering from Gout for past 10+ years. Life was hell because of frequent attacks. My UA was 10 and used to get attacks every week. I started the baking soda everyday and continued for 4-5 months during 2008. The frequency of attacks reduced to monthly once and UA was below 6. Somehow I gave up taking baking soda thinking that it did not help.

    The frequency of attacks increased. I used to get 2-3 times a week. Sometimes I would have it for a month.

    I used to get trigger with any one of these.
    – Tomato (more than 50 g)
    – Alcoholic drink – any amount
    – Cashews – more than 10
    – pea nut – more than 20g
    – egg – more than half egg
    – Chicken – more than 50 g
    – Fish – more than 50g

    I have increased my water intake from 3 litres to 5 litres. I would drink half litre before sleep and half litre midnight.

    I have decided to take BS once again during Feb 2015. I have continued taking this even today. My attacks are reduced to once a month. I could eat chicken, fish and occasional drink.

    Now I can eat good amount of gout attack foods without getting a attack. I am drinking 3 litres of water a day now.

    BAKING SODA works.

    My suggestion- Take BS for few years. Dont give up taking BS as it might take few years to clear all accumulated UA.

    – Akash

  • Ashley

    Reply Reply December 5, 2015

    I tried baking soda (bicarbonate soda) today as I felt my gout coming on and it worked like magic !!! Very impressed.

  • citizen d

    Reply Reply October 22, 2015

    the stuff treats more than gout…1 tsp of baking soda once a week made an impact on my multi year chronic phlegm condition in conjunction with adding weak acids on alternating days….I am adding a little vinegar with a lot of garlic to fight yeast, fungus in the gut before meals and colon flushed with epsom salt to add magnesium there…the occasional baking soda before bed or first thing in the morning seemed to be the missing counterbalance addition and I can now breathe clearly through my nose with no pharmaceutical additions at all…

  • Rich

    Reply Reply October 8, 2015

    I’ve been using baking soda with good results, in addition to taking lots of Vitamin C and drinking goat’s milk. Goat’s milk is an old folks remedy for gout. Unlike cows milk that is acidic, goat’s milk is alkaline, which compliments the baking soda. I also use PH drops in my water. I use to suffer weeks on end with gout but now I am able to recover within a day or two.

  • Jane

    Reply Reply August 30, 2015

    If you drink the baking soda with honey, it will be easier to swallow. Also, your stomach has to be acidic, so you have to drink lemon water to bring back the acidity levels or you could have a bad stomach ache. I used a small amount of baking soda during a colon hydrotherapy session, it killed lots of candida. You can’t kill all of it because there has to be a symbiotic balance the way nature intended.

  • Winfrey

    Reply Reply August 1, 2015

    Baking soda helped me a lot. I’m taking it at bedtime and 4 times a day in small dosage. My question is how to get rid of the swelling? The pain is much better but not totally gone with a little swelling.

  • Karen Okamoto

    Reply Reply June 23, 2015

    Baking soda also helped me get rid of a continual urinary tract infection. ….I went on repeated antibiotics. After a year of more than 4 infections, …I tried baking soda and after a night of running to the bathroom, …my infection was gone. When another infection started, ….I tried it, …and felt better immediately.

  • Rebecca

    Reply Reply June 13, 2015

    Baking soda works great! I drank some before bed and my foot felt great the next day. However, I must warn it it also gave me diarrhea all day after only drinking 1 glass.

  • ken floyd

    Reply Reply February 7, 2015

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  • Teresa Trait

    Reply Reply November 18, 2014

    Hi have v painful gout at moment on allopurniol 300 and nexprone have barretts esoughous would it be ok for me to take bread soda. Limping around at moment and on strong painkillers have been like this for 2 months. Please hepl

    • steve

      Reply Reply July 13, 2015

      Have u started taking allorpurinol whilst you have a gout attack?? If so, this will make it worse.
      Colcihine tablets first until the gout goes away and then take allorpurinol…this should then keep your gout at bay…after a few weeks u should be able to take 100mg and not the 300…..

  • Richard

    Reply Reply October 14, 2014

    I’ve tried baking soda. It works well for me. But it’s not that much fun to take. And I think long term use is probably not a good idea.

    Just this past week I tried something different. Something you rub on your feet.

    I like to walk for exercise. I do an 8-mile walk home from work a couple times a week. My feet have been trying to convince me to stop. So I tried this new idea a couple times so far. The day after my first application my feet felt a lot better. Today, after three applications I chanced a walk home, and it was wonderful. No problems. No pain. Walked home in record time. Feet haven’t felt this good in a very long time.

    So what is this stuff? Aloe Vera juice mixed with Vitamin C powder. I think it’s actually healing my feet. It’s amazing. I put a tablespoon of Aloe Vera juice in a cup. Add a half-teaspoon of Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C powder, and mix until the powder dissolves. That’s enough to cover my size-12 feet thoroughly. I just massage it in, everywhere. Especially the trouble spots. (It also softens my heals.) Then let it dry. (About ten or 15 minutes.) The Vitamin C that doesn’t get absorbed leaves a faint white coating on my skin. When I finally wash it off it gets a second chance to be absorbed.

    Taking larger doses of Vitamin C internally helps my gout some too. But this topical version is just amazing. Goes directly to the problem area. And it’s probably the safest thing I’ve ever tried for gout.

    I use Lily of the Desert brand Aloe Vera juice. It’s organic and fairly cheap. I get it at the local Vitamin Shoppe. I get the Sodium Ascorbate powder there too. Both are available many places online. The Aloe Vera juice needs to be refrigerated once opened.

    Best of luck!


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