Lemon water for your gout

Gout and Lemon Juice

What can lemon juice do for your gout?

Lemon is a fruit in the citrus family, people like lemon due to its’ distinctive sour taste which consists of lemon juice. It is the citric acid in the lemon juice, which is about 6% which gives it its’ sour taste and its’ pulp is used for cooking and baking. It also serves as a key ingredient in many drinks and foods since the average lemon contains around 3 tablespoons of juice. Being a citrus fruit it is naturally high in vitamin C which is a well known natural remedy for gout and also has some vitamin B complex. Lemon juice is used as a natural remedy for many ailments that include dizziness, headaches, bleeding gums, nose bleeds, throat pain, anaemia, constipation, hiccups and even consumed for an easier childbirth. Lemons are available throughout the year but are mostly in season May to August. Like other fruits, lemons contain unique flavonoids that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

Studies have shown that citrus fruits like oranges, clementines, tangerine and lemons help to dissolve uric acid in your blood due to the higher levels of citric acid providing you with relief from a gout attack. It definitely should be included in your gout diet since lemon is also a stimulant to the liver. If your body is too acidic whereby your body’s pH level is too high, a state known as acidosis, uric acid will crystallize and cause you a gout attack or even worse it can form stones in the kidneys which you definitely don’t want. One way to improve the body’s acidity and remove it is by alkalinizing the urine and lemon juice stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate, which neutralizes acids like uric acid. [1] Many gout sufferers drink freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of water after meals to prevent a gouty attack. It definitely improves the digestive system and did you know that it also reduces heat in your body and is the reason why lemon juice with water is given to you at restaurants in the summertime.

How do I take lemon juice in my gout diet?

How you can add lemon to your gout diet is as simple as taking the lemon juice of 1 or 2 lemons and adding it in your glass of cool water, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach would be best. You can also mix lemon with baking soda together which creates a perfect pH level of 7 in your body keeping it neutral. This helps restore balance almost instantaneously. Very simply add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and ½ of tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water and mix it very well for about two minutes to make sure it doesn’t foam or fizz, it must be flat before drinking! It will have the taste of flat water. Don’t add more or less with this recipe because it won’t be as effective. You can also infuse some slices of lemon inside a cup of hot drinking water twice daily. 100 g (3.5oz) lemon also includes 138 mg of potassium which is also very important for us gout sufferers. You want to include as much potassium as possible in your gout diet. By the way you can also try of any of these recipes with lime as well. I personally use lemons in my diet, I like to add it in my green tea in the wintertime, in my cool glasses of water in the summertime, as well I love to sprinkle it on my broccoli, swiss chard, rapini, spinach and in my salads.

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16 Comments

  • jmz

    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    Fresh lemons aren’t easily attainable for me as I’m home bound and must depend on others to purchase my food so I have to buy them in numbers which often will not last until next store visit each month (time rot).. I would like to know if a certain packaged brand which states it is made from real lemon and are cold pressed then crystallized can be substituted for real lemons. I’ve tasted this and it’s exactly like the real thing but I’m unsure about the same nutrients. The brand is “True Lemon” manufactured by: True Citrus Co. They have told me through inquiry that these packs are real lemon and can be substituted.. They are also a business for profit so I would like a second unbiased opinion on this matter as I have gout and wouldn’t want to be wasting my time on something that otherwise could benefit me in the long run.. Thanks in advance for any information.

  • Spiro Koulouris

    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    Honestly I am not familiar with that brand so I definitely couldn’t give you an honest answer JMZ. Order it once and try it out for yourself would be the wisest thing to do here but if they usually claim they are made from real lemons in the USA then they probably are since these types of advertising/marketing is regulated on food products.

  • Phil Turner

    Reply Reply October 2, 2014

    Good to read this about lemons (and honey in another article) as I love lemons! As hypnotherapist, I often have a mug of hot honey & lemon, for the maintenance of my speaking voice, when I’m hypnotising a client.

    But as a gout sufferer, it’s nice to know that this combo is helping stave off gout too!

  • Van hung

    Reply Reply November 3, 2014

    Hey. I search Internet and found your useful blog. Many thanks. However, my doctor advise me that I should not drink sour fruit like lemons or oranges because it will make your gout worse. I found your article saying something opposite!!!!!. A big surprise. So can you explain more ?

    Thanks from Việt Nam

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply November 4, 2014

      Why would it make your gout worse? It’s high in vitamin C and helps alkalize your body to lower your uric acid levels. Tell your doctor to read my post and to at least prove you wrong. Lemons are harmless to the gout sufferer. Enjoy them!

  • Ted Vaughn

    Reply Reply March 3, 2015

    Lemons and limes have eradicated my gout. My gout had gotten so bad, I was having several attacks a year and between the attacks, the swelling would not go down. I started juicing a lime or lemon and adding the juice to about 8oz of water two or three times a day. I also started taking between 2000 to 5000mg of vitamin C spread throughout the day. Within 3 days, the swelling was completely gone as was the pain. Most importantly, it has now been almost 8 months and the gout symptoms have not returned. Give it a try, what have you got to lose ?

  • Jennifer

    Reply Reply April 10, 2015

    Thank you so much for this! My dad gets gout n I came across this and sent him the link. He started the lemon n baking soda drink last night and this morning and he said it’s already helping soo much! He has been in a lot of pain for a long time and I felt helpless till now :)

  • Greg

    Reply Reply July 28, 2015

    I am a runner and my training was hampered by gout attacks which occurred about twice a month. I also had kidney stones on 2 occasions. Since taking a teaspoon of lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning I have not had an attack for 6 years!

    • Jack

      Reply Reply August 22, 2015

      How many times you were taken the lemon juice in a day and with warm water or cold water? Please suggest.

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Reply Reply August 22, 2015

        Lemon juice can be added in cold or hot water as in a tea. You can do either, there is no problem. Like I said once or twice daily is fine.

  • Sumit

    Reply Reply August 22, 2015

    How many times need to take the lemon juice to reduce uric acid level. Please suggest also can i eat banana to reduce uric level?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply August 22, 2015

      Sumit, I drink it daily usually, one or 2 glasses at most. There is not one thing that will reduce your uric acid levels significantly but a combination of many dietary changes will do the trick. Eating a banana a day is part of my gout diet and should be part of yours cause potassium is very important.

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