Gout and Baking Soda

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!

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 Amazon.com. 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.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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