Baking Soda A Common Remedy For Gout

Baking soda is well-known for its numerous applications, which include everything from cleaning to tooth care. Treatment for gout and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may now be added to its ever-expanding list of uses.

But when did it become essential in the home? Baking soda, it turns out, has a long history that predates the Great Pyramid of Giza. Ancient Egyptians utilized natron (mainly sodium carbonate) as a soap-like cleaning agent as early as 3500 BC. It was also utilized to create mummies.

In this post I will be explaining how baking soda or bicarbonate of soda may help us gout sufferers support healthy uric acid levels in the blood. First let’s find out where baking soda came from. It was discovered by chemist Nicolas Leblanc in 1791. Back then, it was called soda ash. Later on, American bakers John Dwight and Austin Church would build the first factory that produced baking soda in the United States.

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.

What’s great about baking soda is that it’s very accessible. Every kitchen pantry has this staple item since it can be used in a variety of ways whether as a cleaner, a deodorizer, or a leavening agent.

Baking soda is a common baking ingredient. It is also known as sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda. It imparts a light, fluffy texture to meals such as bread, cakes, muffins, and cookies.

Baking soda’s leavening qualities allow it to react with acids like vinegar or lemon juice, causing dough to rise by releasing carbon dioxide.

Health benefits of baking soda

While baking soda has a variety of household applications, we’re more interested in the health benefits it may provide. Specifically, any benefits that aid in the relief of gout-related symptoms such as swelling and pain.

Here are a few of baking soda’s well-known health benefits.

  1. Provides heartburn relief:

    Acid reflux, often known as heartburn, is a painful, burning sensation in the upper part of your stomach that can spread to your throat. Acid from your stomach travels up into your esophagus, the tube that connects your stomach to your mouth, causing heartburn.

    Although acid reflux can be caused by a variety of factors, it is most commonly caused by eating large meals, drinking carbonated beverages, or eating greasy or spicy foods. This type of bad diet, by the way, is also a major risk factor for gout.

    Baking soda may aid in the treatment of heartburn by neutralizing gastric acid. To give it a try, dissolve 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink gently.

    Despite the acid-reducing properties of baking soda, most people treat their heartburn symptoms with acid-inhibitory medicines (antacids). Antacids have been demonstrated in studies to considerably raise serum uric acid levels, potentially leading to gout in hyperuricemia patients.

    Continued usage of baking soda, on the other hand, may result in metabolic alkalosis (a condition in which your blood becomes too alkaline) and heart problems.

    In any instance, the use of medications and/or remedies should be supplemented with dietary and lifestyle changes as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  2. Boosts exercise performance:

    Athletes use baking soda as a supplement as well. According to research, baking soda can help you perform at your best for longer, especially during anaerobic exercises, high-intensity training, and sprinting.

    Your muscle cells produce lactic acid during high-intensity exercise, which is responsible for the burning sensation you experience while exercising. Lactic acid also causes your muscles to weary by lowering the pH inside your cells.

    Due to its high pH, baking soda may help delay fatigue, allowing you to perform at maximum intensity for longer. According to one study, cyclists who took baking soda exercised for 4.5 minutes longer than those who did not.

    It’s no secret that patients with gout need to be active to maintain their cardiovascular health and avoid long-term joint damage. The body’s fat accumulates more uric acid than muscle, according to researchers.

    As a result, by losing weight, you can lower your blood uric acid levels. Exercising can assist to avoid gout attacks by reducing uric acid levels.

    According to Harvard Health, patients with gout have a higher chance of developing high blood pressure, therefore maintaining cardiovascular health through activity is critical.

  3. Helps slow down the development of chronic kidney disease:

    Your kidneys are crucial because they help remove waste and excess water from your blood while also balancing important minerals like potassium, salt, and calcium.

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes kidney function to deteriorate over time.

    While additional study is needed, several studies suggest that supplementing with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) may help improve renal function and slows the progression of CKD.

    Gout might also be a symptom that you have kidney disease. When you have gout, your blood contains too much uric acid. If uric acid crystals grow in the kidneys, painful kidney stones can form, obstructing the kidneys’ ability to remove waste and perhaps leading to infection.

    Because of their sharp edges, kidney stones formed by uric acid crystals may scar the kidneys. Chronic kidney disease and potentially, kidney failure can result from these issues.

    NSAIDs, which are some of the most commonly prescribed pain relievers for gout, can cause kidney problems over time.

    If you have gout and/or kidney problems, talk to your doctor before using baking soda, NSAIDs, or any other type of medication to treat your kidneys.

  4. Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms (RA):

    Gout and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are two separate diseases. Some of their principal symptoms, such as joint pain and swelling, do, however, overlap.

    RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body destroys its own organs as a result of an overactive immune system.

    According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Immunology, baking soda helped guide immune cells to work on lowering inflammation rather than stimulating it.

    In other words, baking soda aided the body’s anti-inflammatory reaction, causing it to emit a relaxing signal rather than an emergency attack signal. This suggests that if sodium bicarbonate can aid with RA, baking soda may also help with gout.

    Gout attacks are caused by uric acid crystallization in the joints. The crystals are perceived as a threat by the immune system, prompting it to start an immunological reaction against them.

    The resultant inflammation produces swelling, skin reddening, and incapacitating discomfort. Uric acid crystals can form hard nodules called tophi under the skin, on the surface of joints, or on cartilage when untreated gout progresses to advanced, chronic gout.

Baking soda may help prevent autoimmune illnesses like gout and RA if used on a daily basis. Autoimmune diseases are conditions in that the body develops antibodies that attack its own tissues, causing them to deteriorate or even die.

Baking soda is not just good for gout. It’s known to help with a number of conditions. In one study involving patients with colorectal cancer, they found that baking soda had helped improve their appetite and reduce vomiting. Women that are already on menopause reduce their risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

Now that you know what it does for other diseases, you’re probably wondering how it works for gout. 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 may help relieve or may even stop your gout attack. For many gout sufferers, this remedy may work fast, usually anywhere between 24 hours to within a week but for some it may work immediately!

Baking soda, according to most experts, may help alkalize a very acidic environment in your body. Many holistic and naturopathic doctors, as well as other health practitioners, advocate for an alkaline bodily environment over an acidic one.

Having said that, it’s still vital to remember that being too acidic or alkaline might cause medical problems. Instead, maintaining a healthy pH balance in your body should be your primary focus.

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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. This is important since baking soda that’s not mixed well in water can turn up chalky. Take the solution 4 times a day and ensure 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 may 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.

Baking soda may also be applied topically. If you are unable to consume it for some reason, you can do a baking soda bath instead. This is when you add a cup of baking soda to your bath and soak in it for 20 minutes. If you only want to dip the affected joint, you can just use a quarter cup of baking soda to a basin of water and soak the affected joint. 

A baking soda bath is also frequently recommended to relieve itchy skin caused by insect bites or bee stings. Additionally, baking soda may help alleviate itchy skin caused by sunburn. Some report that it works better when coupled with other components such as cornstarch and oats.

To treat a specific location, make a paste of baking soda and a small amount of water, then apply a thick coat to the area affected.

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 may turn your uric acid more soluble, which in turn may make it easier to flush out of the kidneys, restoring this natural alkaline balance.

If you already have chronic kidney disease, great news. One study found that patients who have it were able to slow down its progression after taking baking soda.

The blood may be able to hold more uric acid without crystallizing which causes your gout attack. By alkalizing your blood, it may 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 AlkaHydra Water Sachets with Coral Calcium from Gout and You, which may help you alkalize your body’s pH levels as well! 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.

Baking Soda and Aluminum Content

There’s some concern about certain brands having aluminum in their baking powder, therefore, it should be in baking soda as well. To clarify, baking soda does not contain aluminum in it. This is simply fear mongering proliferated in health forums. Do your research, read the labels, use baking soda sparingly, and you should be fine.

When to Take Baking Soda?

The best time to take baking soda is when you experience the first symptoms. Gout flares often happen at night where the temperature is at its lowest so if you suspect a gout attack coming on, take a baking soda solution right before bed. This might just help you avoid that dreaded gout attack. 

If you have just eaten a high purine meal that day, you may also consume a baking soda solution. Just make sure it’s on an empty stomach as there have been cases of individuals experiencing stomach rupture from taking baking soda after a meal. 

Potential side effects of drinking too much baking soda

When using baking soda to relieve gout symptoms, there are a few things to keep in mind. Short-term baking soda use is most usually associated with stomach problems such as nausea, cramping, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you want to try out the baking soda treatment safely and effectively, you should follow these recommended tips to help limit the risks of these negative effects:

  • Avoid drinking baking soda on an empty stomach:

    On an empty stomach in the morning, baking soda might not be the best choice. Instead, drink the baking soda solution during the day, such as before lunch or after dinner.

  • You might want to start small:

    If you’re not sure how your body will react to the tonic, start with 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda and gradually increase to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.

    If no adverse responses occur, a person who wants to drink baking soda to treat gout can dissolve half a teaspoon in water. They can do this several times a day. A total of 4 teaspoons of baking soda is advised every day.

  • Always check with your doctor beforehand:

    Before attempting this solution, consult your healthcare practitioner about your sodium levels. Because baking soda contains a lot of salt, you’ll want to be sure your sodium levels are in check before you start.

On the internet, you may find a range of gout home remedies, some of which are based on anecdotal evidence and others that are based on scientific evidence. Keep in mind that each person reacts to treatment in a unique way.

Before using baking soda, talk to your doctor (or any other alternative treatment).

You don’t want to consume baking soda solution too frequently due to the associated side effects we have discussed above.

Some gout patients have experienced relief after just a couple of hours while for others, it took almost a week.

Your doctor will be able to tell you if the treatment is right for you. They’ll think about how serious your disease is, as well as any potential interactions with any medications you’re taking.

Baking soda is a versatile substance with applications that go far beyond cooking. Furthermore, baking soda is cheap and widely available. It’s never a bad idea to keep a container on hand.

What has your experience been like taking baking soda as a remedy for gout? Did it work for you or did not? Share your stories in the comments below. 

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    69 replies to "Gout and Baking Soda"

    • Jack

      If i have kiddey disease like 36% filtration and i have gout in my big toe could i drink the baking soda also or better with cider vinager and lemon and honey

    • Edward Zhakata

      Thanks guys, I didn’t sleep last night with my big toe inflamed. I tried asprin and it got worse. About 6 hours ago I tried the bicarbonate soda in water and it surely has worked wonders. Although still inflamed, the pain is gone and slowly getting back to position. Six hours ago, I couldn’t drive myself, but now I am driving. Thanks guys. Bicarbonate soda is a quick fix for gout attack. Now I am keeping a satchet in my car, in case of an unexpected attack.

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    • Judith

      So glad to find this site…this is my first attack..omg painful…I just now drank my first glass of Baking Soda…IS THERE A WAY other than going to dr. To figure out my levels?
      How long does it normally take to start helping? Not sure I can do 4 cups of water/BS mixture daily.

    • Farooq

      Hi, While suffering from gout in right toe, I came across a home remedy, which can be prepared from easily available items, 1TBSP Honey, ACV(1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 lemon juice and 1 glass of water) and it amazed me with its effectiveness.

      It eased my pain in less than 24 hours(consumed twice a day) and it also prevents future gout attacks although I use it once in three or four days.
      I am hope you will be amazed by its incredible result.

      • Joseph

        Honey is not a good idea due to the fructose.

    • Rafael

      About 3 months ago I realized red spots on the body, besides my feet began to swell. I thought it was some allergy, but I ended up finding out that my UA was 8.1.
      I started taking colchicine and allopurinol, colchicine gave me many side effects, so I decreased the dosage. The spots disappeared, but my feet still swell.
      I’ve never had joint pain, does that mean I still do not have gout?
      Could it be that in my case I can control the UA only with baking soda and food?

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Best if you do a blood test to determine that. You can control uric acid with diet to a certain extent but everybody is different so best you monitor it with your doctor and go for frequent blood tests to measure results.

      • Jules H

        I had my first gout attack 3 days ago while still on holiday in Spain. It was excruciating painful on the side of my big toe Sam foot that I recently broke some am still in a moon boot. A trip to the local Drs confirmed gout and I was prescribed anti-inflammatories which did not help the pain. I tried this method yesterday at drink no.4 the pain eased up, drinking 2hrs apart. I had a final drink before bed last night slept sound for the first time in 3 nights. This method has worked for me, no pain this morning and able to walk again. I will continue to take it but lower dose for the next few days. Thank you so much for this informative site, am so relieved the pain has gone.

    • Dan

      I have a question. I use Alka Tabs against gout since a week. They contain NaCHO3 (baking soda). The tablets are coated so that they don’t dissolve in the stomach but in the gut. Is that more efficient for bioavailabity?
      I read somewhere that if baking soda is released in the stomach, it is transformed in other components and less effective. It should be released in the gut.
      I am no chemist, maybe someone here can shed some light on this? Thanks!

    • Craig

      Is there any correlation between gout and eating oranges/orange juice?

    • Carrol

      Wanted to know if fasting–going without food for a couple of days would help lower you uric acid in the body? I was just diagnosed with this ugly condition and I thought I would be able to kick out the uric acid on my own and my doc. Says it’s in my DNA!

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Carrol!

        Read my post on gout and fasting–>

        This should answer your question.

      • George Schulte

        It is incorrect to say that anything can influence the body’s or blood acidity or alkalinity.
        The body ph value is strictly balanced between 7.35 to 7.45. Anything outside this range makes one very sick.
        However , the acid base relationship of urine can be influenced and should be kept in the alkaline range

    • Nathan Milenkovic

      What is the difference between bicarbonate of spray and baking powder, I’m in the UK?


      • Adryan

        I have not heard of `bicarbonate of spray`the chemical does not exist although a commercial product may well.
        Baking soda is bicarbonate of soda but, contains cream of tartar, bicarbonte of soda BP does not

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    • Bob Gorwill


      I am a retired British guy now living in Portugal……

      I have had several gout flare ups during the past 20 years or so (normally in my big toe). The frequency of incidence is becoming shorter and shorter and the most recent attack re-occurred after 6 months.

      I do not take drugs (preventative or curative) however I have found that baking powder (or probably baking soda to you) is very effective in combating a flare up and normally cures the problem in 24 hours.

      Just take half a teaspoon of baking powder stirred into a half pint of cold water 4 or 5 times a day until the gout has eased or gone. I would not recommend using this method for more than 3 or 4 days.

      Amazingly it has been tremendously efficient and very cost effective for me….

      Give it a try, it is not just an “old wives Tale”

      Bob Gorwill

      • YR

        Does anyone know if Turmeric is good or bad for gout? Also, if I drink baking soda and water with lemon, how long is it recommended to wait in between?

    • Gary

      My uric acid used to be 11.0 and I couldn’t take the allorpurinol so they gave me nothing and my gout, it was diagnosed as infectious gout and it got so bad I was in a wheel chair for two years and in and out of the hospital on antibiotics, it was in every joint in my body and I was even urinating uric acid stones, as I could see them in the toilet after urinating.

      I discovered the baking soda cure and started taking 1/2 tsp 3X a day in reverse osmosis and distilled water, and had my doctor test me monthly. He tested my uric acid that day and it was 11.0 and after one month my uric acid dropped to 7.5 and the following month it was 6.9 and continued to drop to 5.5 and remained there. I was having gout flares up in every joint in my body, but they didn’t last as long as before. This went on for 9 months after starting the baking soda, then the flare up started becoming less and less, and then stopped completely in 1995.

      8 months ago I discovered that natural cocoa powder has a lot of health benefits in lowering triglycerides and lower LDL cholesterol PLUS will keep uric acid from forming and dissolve uric acid crystals in the joints. I started taking it and now I have been having flare ups in my right leg one right after another for the past 2 months,and each flare up is in a different place around the knee cap and at the left and right side of the leg.

      Apparently this gout has been in there since 1995 and the cocoa powder is now dissolving it out as my uric acid has never been over 5.5 and I have never had a gout flare up for the past 20 years and now my uric acid jumped to 6.4 which indicates the gout is dissolving out of the joints and is adding to the 5.5 my body makes, the flare ups are getting less and less so after I suffer from these last flare ups my gout crystals should be completely out of my joints. Hope this helps people that are trying this remedy as if you have flare ups after starting the baking soda that means its dissolving out of your joints and the crystals have to go back out through your joints to get out of your body so don’t give up on as a flare up means its working!

      • Ala

        How are you taking the natural cocoa powder? As hot chocolate?

      • Joseph

        I’m glad to see that has worked out so good for you.
        Wishing you continued improved health.
        I may try that myself someday if I need to.


      I’m Hong. I’m so hopeless. My husband has battled with gout from he was 18 years old. He took many kinds of medications for 10 years through. He has many gout attacks, he had to stay in the hospital and he lost a toe due to acid uric. I don’t know how to help him.
      He is so young. He is so bad but He tried a lot to overcome, to treat gout, but not successful. 2 weeks ago, He took baking soda. He has been drinking it. I Wish baking soda made us a miracle. Please give me a advice if you have any experience to treat gout. Thanks!
      (I’m Vietnamese. My english is not good, so many mistakes, I hope you feeling sorry for me)

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Hi Nguyen!

        What you can do is try some of the natural home remedies as described in a previous post of mine.

      • P Tran

        Hi Hong!

        I had severe gout and at some stage had to be on crutches. I know how painful when attacked. I have not suffered any attack for several years. Here is what I did:

        1) avoid red meat and alcohol
        2) Exercise vigorously (swimming, bicycling)
        3) Drink a lot of water at the start to flush out acid uric.
        4) My diet now is 90% plant based and 10% meat (no red meat).

        Good luck!

    • Ben

      I had my 2nd four attack 7 months after my first attack. Most painful thing I have ever experienced. It was not going away, so in desperation I tried 1 quarter Teaspoon of BS 2 or 3 times a day.

      By day 2 I saw real results. By the end of 1 week it is almost all gone.

      I wrote in because I am the kind of person who believes all these websites are Bull Shit. I done not believe anything…..

      But Baking Soda worked for me, and is working for me now on day 7.

      It is unbelievable, I am shocked.

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    • suchdev bedi

      I have been suffering with a massive gout attack for the past few years now, haved tried so many way of bringing the UA level down. hopefully let me try this remedy now Baking soda, God willing , it may help !

    • Paul Crossman

      Could you explain the difference between baking powder and baking soda? We have the powder or bicarbonate soda as choices in my country.

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Baking soda has only one ingredient: sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate is a base that reacts when it comes into contact with acids, like buttermilk, yogurt or vinegar. Baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, but it includes the acidifying agent already (cream of tartar), and also a drying agent (usually starch). Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate.

      • John I

        Have you not tried allopurinol?

    • Hugo

      What is the evidence that the body becomes more acidic at night? This is extremely unlikely. What causes gout attacks at night is the fall I temperature, particularly to the feet. The fall in temperature causes the monosodium urate crystals to presipitate in the coldest joint.

    • leni

      Wow just had my first gout attack on my big toe so I searched online and figured it was probably gout thanks to all your advice on this website I quickly tried 1 table spoon of Baking Soda mixed into a glass of water few hours ago and now the pain has disappeared like magic..such a relief, thanks for all your briliant advice on this website.

    • Joseph Arsanis

      I was given some CHAGA (good for cancer) in the mushroom form from tree. Resembles wood, I boiled 15 min. And drank 2 half glasses in AM/PM a few days later I noticed gout disappear. I will try aloe Vera & vit c.
      That was 1/2 glass AM/PM. Good luck. Joe arsanis

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    • Warren

      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

      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

      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

      • Hugo

        Eggs and peanuts are low in purines.

        The reason you have the attacks is you haven’t taken the medication to flush the urate from your system. As long as you don’t do that you will get attacks from time to time and the urates are damaging your organs most notably kidney and liver.

        • Miike

          @Hugo – No need to take medication to flush out the urate? You could use pure lemon juice and other natural remedies.

          @Akash – Have you had pure lemon drink in the midst? It looks like you are doing well with your diet e.g. lots of water. I haven’t had the gout in 2yrs now. I use to drink a lot of sugary drinks and less water but switched it around and drank more water and less sugary drinks (mostly none at all). I didn’t take any medication when I last had the gout since I didn’t what it was until later on when I went doctors for a different symptom. Keep in mind coffee can also dehydrate your body. I tried the BS and Lemon remedy just for precaution a few months ago. Will know in a few years if I am still gout attack then will post back here?

          I am pretty confident if you stay on the water it should be more than enough as well the BS and Lemon drink (pure only)?

      • Sevim

        Hi Vee,

        Diet is very important for people suffering from gout as well as so many chronic illness, I would you definitely recommend the book call “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Dr. Natasha Campbell and learn how important to keep our digestive track working proper by supporting with diet and probiotics to stop the inflammation in body.GAPS protocol is very useful fasting to give your body chance to heal itself.

        Good luck

    • Ashley

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

    • citizen d

      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…

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Very interesting tips Citizen D!

        • Ron S.

          Before I had my Gal bladder removed I was using baking soda to treat stomach acid . After surgery I no longer needed to ,but have been stricken by gout , I guess I have found the answer to my problem . Thanks

    • Rich

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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.

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    • Teresa Trait

      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

        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

      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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