This page about natural remedies for gout - boosting pH levels - was last reviewed, or updated, on 31 May 2012.
Natural gout treatment, which means remedies that avoid drugs, include gout diets. The awkward truth about lowering purine intake is that for most people restricting purines to reduce uric acid levels is not enough. This is mainly because most purines are made in the body and don't come from what you eat and drink.
So you also need to consider the acid/alkaline (alkaline is also called base) balance of your body and if required increase its alkalinity. The acid/alkaline balance measurement is known as the pH ratio or pH level. pH is a short form of the words "power of hydrogen".
If you increase your body’s alkalinity you have a better chance of a natural remedy for gout - see below. And, it is strongly argued that a more alkaline body is a healthier one. This makes adjustment of your pH level one of the natural remedies for gout.
Your acid/alkaline balance can be self tested so that regular monitoring of progress towards a natural cure for gout is measurable. For testing you use pH test strips or litmus paper.
Why is an improvement of pH levels one of the natural remedies for gout?
Recall that uric acid has to be reduced and removed. Drinking lots of water, as part of your gout diet, is one way of assisting this process. Water has an approximate acid/alkaline ratio of 7.0. When you drink more water, this helps to raise your pH ratio i.e. it makes your body more alkaline as well as diluting uric acid.
Taking baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) in water, if your doctor approves, will raise your pH ratio more than plain water, with the usual proviso that the amount required to do this varies from person to person. So too will alkaline water drops or water filtered through water ionizers.
Uric acid is not especially soluble.But what makes uric acid more soluble? i.e. what makes it more likely that drinking lots of water will dissolve and remove more uric acid and make your gout diet a successful contributor to your natural gout treatment ?
The answer is that the solubility of uric acid depends to some degree on your body’s pH level. The higher the acid/alkaline ratio i.e. the higher the number on the pH scale, the more alkaline your body, and the more uric acid you should dissolve. As far as urine pH is concerned, the normal urine score is a pH ratio of 5.8 - 6.8 but it can vary from 4.5 – 9.0. At a pH of 5.0 you will dissolve much less uric acid than at 7.0. Over 7.0 and you should dissolve more.
There's a third help in improving pH. (First help is lots of water, the second help is water plus an alkalizing agent to raise pH).
Alkaline foods for gout A natural gout treatment diet includes foods higher in pH, (more alkaline) and it reduces foods with a low pH (more acidic). This will also help to raise your body pH ratio. (See the pH potential of foods on another page - click on the link at the bottom of this page for the pH scale of foods.
In a study in Japan in 2010, 26 young women raised their urine pH with a more alkaline diet and this raised their uric acid excretion by 37%. An acidic diet lowered uric acid excretion.
But remember, just as a highly acidic body can suffer from acidosis, an over alkaline body can suffer from alkalosis, which causes muscle cramps and spasms among other problems. So don't over do it.
Testing your pH levels The first step is to find out your present pH levels. Next, as you use ways to raise pH, measure your progress with these home tests. Acquire some pH test strips or litmus paper and use them to test either your saliva or urine, or preferably both. Manufacturers’ instructions for its correct use will be included and make sure you follow these accurately.
When, and how often, do you do these natural remedies for gout tests? Note that pH Levels change after a meal. Some meals are more alkaline or more acidic, than others depending on what you have eaten. pH levels also vary during the day and at night - for example, whilst we sleep our body becomes more acidic. (A possible explanation for why so many gout attacks begin at night).
Body pH changes perhaps even minute by minute. So do tests at different times of the day – first thing in the morning is one good time. Look for trend changes over time. The results from a few tests simply don’t cut it.
If your pH level improves (i.e. rises) you’ll know something very
useful – it’s likely that you may be removing more uric acid. If it
doesn’t, you’ll know you may have to eat gout remedy foods that are
lower in purines and are less acidic, use other or additional alkalizing
agents, or focus on one of the other natural remedies for gout.
Apart from a more alkaline diet, and the other alkalizing agents already mentioned, still more alkalizing agents include minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and sodium.
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Visit our pH (alkaline gout remedies) testimonials page, where our visitors explain how pH helped them. And where you can learn something about alkaline remedies in the 19th century.
Orange juice can lower uric acid levels? Are we kidding? No. Read about it here.
http://www.waterionizer.org offers a free DVD about alkaline water, a free pH saliva test, and a free report comparing alkaline water with other methods of purifying water. Ships to the U.S., Canada, and other countries.
You can also view instructional videos which show you how to install, (not difficult), use and maintain Jupiter ionizers. Most people will not require the services of a plumber to install one.
Here's a website with a terrific range of alkaline foods, and scores of alkaline ideas. These can help gout sufferers as we've explained on our pH pages. Especially useful if you live in Great Britain, Ireland or continental Europe.
And when you click on this link you can also get a free Acid-Alkaline foods chart plus some free Alkaline recipes.