Gout and Water

Gout and Water

Drinking water to relieve gout

Water is one of the best and simplest home remedies for gout. Water burns clean, it’s passed out of your urine, sweat, breathing, perspiring while working and it doesn’t stress the vital organs like the liver and kidneys and so on. Since water can serve as a joint lubricant, one who is at risk for gout should be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Drinking a half-gallon of water a day may keep gout attacks away. The recommended approximate amount is 8–12 eight fluid ounce glasses daily, (a glass/cup consisting of 8 oz. or 250 ml) or about eight glasses.  If you’re not sure how much eight fluid ounces is exactly, observe how much by pouring water into a measuring cup.

Water will help dilute uric acid, but the real benefit is in its ability to help excrete the acid. Water makes it easier for the kidneys to excrete uric acid and makes it less likely that it will form crystals, thus hopefully preventing the next gout attack. When there’s less water in the body, the density of serum (blood) uric acid rises. Dehydration can also lead to kidney infections, stones and even failure and has been identified as a possible trigger for acute gout attacks.  All this can create that excess uric acid that causes gout in the first place.

Other health benefits of drinking water

Furthermore, people on high protein diets are actually consuming more meat, which means they are at risk for consuming uric acid found in their food source. When eating meat and/or proteins, it takes seven times as much water for the kidneys to detoxify fats and proteins as it does for carbohydrates. It takes more water to separate the waste products from the protein and the principal food for the gout sufferer should be carbohydrates like veggies, fruits, grains, whole grain breads, whole wheat pastas and rice, preferably basmati. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. Drinking more water can flush the body of these harmful toxins. If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates. Drinking more water can also help someone overweight lose excess weight, or maintain proper weight.

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How water helps the gout sufferer

One school of thought about home remedies for gout is that the solubility of uric acid increases with a higher body pH ratio. That is, when the body is more alkaline, (higher pH) and therefore less acidic, the more uric acid will be dissolved and excreted. Drink the water in small amounts throughout the day. The amount of water to be consumed can be a bit intimidating when one tries to tackle it all at once or in sessions. Spread the water intake throughout the day to avoid getting overwhelmed. Doing this will also reduce bloating and also check urine for water levels. Your urine should be clear due to the constant water intake. If the urine does not appear clear, it is a sign to drink more water. You can also check your pH levels in the mornings with Ph Test Strips, when urinary pH is continuously between 6.5 in the a.m. and 7.5 by evening, you’re functioning in a healthy range. When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.

Water is the most important thing when you exercise. It’s essential for proper circulation, for urine production and temperature control. If you lose as much as 3% of your body weight in water, it begins to interfere with the efficiency, in whatever sport you are involved in or whatever labour you are involved in. Lose 10% of your body weight by water and you will go into a heat stroke! So what do you then? If you are going to exercise or play a sport, drink 24 ounces of water 2 hours before and then about 14 ounces just a few minutes before you exercise or compete. Then try and drink 7 ounces every 15 minutes while exercising or competing. What about drinking Gatorade to replace the potassium you lose while exercising? Not needed, eating one banana after exercising provides you with 7 times more potassium than 10 ounces of Gatorade or any other advertised products out there. Any fruit you eat after exercise will help replenish your carbohydrates, potassium and other minerals you lost while exercising. Water is the most important thing to take a lot of while exercising or playing a sport.

Finally, participants in an online survey who said they drank more than eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day experienced a 48% reduction in gout attacks, compared with individuals who reported drinking one glass of water or less a day according to a Boston University School of Medicine study. So make sure water is with you everywhere you go, I carry a bottle with me from morning to night and keep refilling it all day long, very simply, the more water you drink the less chance you have of getting a gout attack. You will also feel better, more energetic and less sluggish, so put that Coke, beer, juice down and grab yourself some water.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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31 Comments

  • mike

    Reply Reply February 19, 2017

    Hi! I had gout only once is it possible to never get it again?

  • Nancy Darling

    Reply Reply January 5, 2017

    I am drinking Dasani Water which has a ph of 4. What should be the h of the water we drink?

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply January 5, 2017

      Preferably over 7. Anything below 7 is considered acidic. Dasani is at 7.2 and considered alkaline.

  • mohammed

    Reply Reply September 4, 2016

    I got treated gout attack a few months back now it’s here again and giving me much pain .I am using ice cubes for the pain & a pain killer and Feburic pill.I am drinking loads if water as well.I need to know is this enough to ward off or do I need to go through the whole procedure of curing it again ?Please help.

  • Asi M.

    Reply Reply June 28, 2016

    Great site, thank you for all of the useful info. I was diagnosed with gout 20 years ago after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on my ankle. During these 20 years I’ve been on allopurinol 100 mg and have only experienced 4-5 gout outbursts, nothing debilitating thus far. Last month I had a flare-up of the elbow followwed immediately by a flare-up of my big toe (first time). My joint is stiff but the pain is bearable. I have no problem taking Colchicine as it does not adversely affect me. What should be my policy re colchicine? Do I take it even if I have no pain but just stiffness? If so, I’ve seen a ton of contradictory info on how to take colchicine. Do I take along with allopurinol? When should stop taking it? What dosage should I take? Thank you

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply June 28, 2016

      Hi Asi!

      I am not a doctor, so I can’t prescribe you medication, you should consult your doctor since I don’t know how serious your gout is and what your uric acid leves are. Usually, someone takes colchicine when suffering from a gout attack, so colchicine is mostly prescribed as a short term therapy for gout. Allopurinol on the other hand is prescribed as a long term therapy for gout, to help keep uric acid levels normal. Hope this helps.

    • David

      Reply Reply July 23, 2016

      I have just had a gout attack in my knee. It came from nowhere and literally left me thinking “Amputation….thats the answer!!” I have never known a pain like it in my life, so I’m on the research for why it occured. The only thing that I can think of, is I did eat a lot more tomatoes last week. Do you think this could have been the issue? I’m now on Colchicine tablets, and after three days the pain is going but is still there.

      • Spiro Koulouris

        Reply Reply July 24, 2016

        Could be David!

        Had flare ups couple years back eating too many Greek salads with tomatoes from my mother’s garden since they taste so great. So yeah, I cut them out since then eating them very rarely.

  • Michael S.

    Reply Reply August 16, 2015

    Interestingly, using the watercures.org protocol (copious amounts of water and unrefined, whole Sea/Pink salt (not lethal, toxic, everyday table salt) will lower blood pressure too and can be used to treat gout is the claim.

    Do you yourself still drink coffee every day? I find it very difficult to break away from coffee (I also put a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses in each cup), I’m torn on this as it doesn’t seem that coffee can actually improve one’s uric acid situation/excretion.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply August 16, 2015

      Yes I do drink coffee daily and I like to sprinkle some cinnamon on it.

      Read my post on Gout and Coffee to learn more.

      As for the salts you present, I’m going to have to research more on the subject.

      Do you know of any studies that prove this claim that I can look at?

      Regardless keep me posted on your experiment, it sounds interesting.

  • Michael S.

    Reply Reply August 13, 2015

    I came across your goutandyou.com website after I recently experienced my first full blown gout attack that gave me a purple right big toe/ball of foot, couldn’t walk or put work boot on.
    I brought this on myself from drinking too much beer (Guinness Stout) every day and eating big breakfasts of those sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches you buy at the convenience store.
    Your site is by far the most sensible and informative of the many I’ve visited. I find myself visiting often.

    I’m interested in your take on using natural salt as part of the water cures protocol in treating gout, http://www.watercures.org/water-cures-protocol.html
    I tried this using Real Salt, mined in Utah, and Selina Naturally Grey Sea Salt and it did seem to help.
    The salt along with copious amounts of good water are supposed to flush uric acid from the body, lower blood pressure and provide numerous other benefits of being correctly hydrated.
    Made sense to me so I’m trying it out. My blood pressure actually went down when I was checked at my doctor for the gout symptoms.
    On your site you state not to use too much salt.

    I’m new to the gout scene and was wondering what your opinion might be.

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply August 13, 2015

      Too much salt can lead to high blood pressure so not too much of course. You don’t want to fix one health problem and start another.

      Keep me posted on any progress.

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